Upcoming Events...

Help Us Stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Together we can do this!
The Alliance to Protect Our People and the Places We Live (APPPL), a group working to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), is going to have rallies at the eight NC Department of Environmental Quality, DEQ, offices around the state. We have been asked by Steve Norris and Greg Yost (who has been fasting at the DEQ office in Raleigh for almost two weeks to stop the pipeline) to get people together to stand for an hour with signs, take pictures, etc., in front of the Winston-Salem DEQ office. Harvard and Mackie Ayers from Boone will be joining us and asked me to help organize a group of us to do this. Even if we have a small group of us for an hour would work, one of us with a camera, several anti-ACP signs and maybe give the press a call to get them to have someone come down and take a picture at least.

Where: The DEQ is located at 450 West Hanes Mill Road, Suite 300
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/winston-salem-regional-office/
When: Friday September 15
Time: 10:00an
More information?: Call Gayle at (336) 407-2767
Directions to the Winston-Salem Regional Office
From East
Take I-40 W.
Take the US-52 NORTH/NC-8 NORTH exit, exit number 193B, towards MOUNT AIRY.
Merge onto US-52 N.
Go approximately 10.5 miles on US-52 N
Take the WEST HANES MILL RD. exit, exit number 116.
Turn RIGHT onto WEST HANES MILL RD.
Immediately past SCIWORKS (sciworks is now called kaleideum)
Turn LEFT into parking lot.

From West
The same as above except I-40 East, Exit 193A

Saturday, September 16: Conrad Road Adopt-a-Highway Service Outing

Please join us in our quarterly community service event on Conrad Road in Lewisville, picking up trash, recyclables, and other "interesting" things. It's rewarding to see a clean road at the completion of our task and great fun to talk to others while we work. Safety vests, gloves, trash bags and pick up sticks will be provided. Wear grubbies and footwear to keep your feet dry. The pickup takes about 2 hours. 
Contact Joel Wooten for details and meet up location before 9:00pm at 336-466-1314 or email joeltotopmountain@gmail.com. The Sierra Club requires all outings participants to sign a standard waiver.

Saturday, September 16, 2017Meet the Snakes!                                                                                                      10 am to  11:30 am

Gateway Story Circle, on Salem Creek Greenway. Follow signs from Washington Park parking lot, 1490 S. Broad Street.

Meet native snakes raised by Greg McGrath, amateur herpetologist and a member of the North Carolina Herpetological Society (NCHS). He will describe their habits and life cycle and allow you to handle his tame snakes. He’ll also talk about snakes seen at the Gateway Nature Preserve and why they are important for the local ecosystem. 

Greg has been introducing snakes to children and their parents for years. His snakes are non-venomous and native to North Carolina. He has visited schools, pre-schools, Y’s, Scout troops, churches, museums, festivals and many back yards. Some of these visits were on behalf of the NCHS, but most came about through word of mouth. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday September 21: Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The MST And Jennifer's Hike Across Our Beautiful And Diverse State

Please join us for a special evening with National Geographic AdventurerJennifer Pharr Davis on Thursday, September 21 from 6 to 8:30 pm atSoutheastern Center of Contemporary Art (SECCA), 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, 27106.

Jennifer is hiking the entire 1175-mile MST this fall, and she'll be stopping in Winston-Salem to speak about what inspires her about the MST, what she's seen so far, and what's coming up further down the trail.

Jennifer is most famous for setting a speed-record of 46 days on the Appalachian Trail, and she is also a warm and inspiring speaker and writer. On this MST hike, Jennifer's not out to set a speed record. Instead her goal is to raise awareness and support for her home state trail as she travels across North Carolina with her husband Brew and two young children (4-year-old Charley and newly toddling Gus). 

This family-friendly event will include:

  • an inspiring talk by Jennifer with plenty of time for questions about the MST and hiking
  • delicious refreshments and cash bar.
  • a song or three by Brew, Jennifer's talented singer-songwriter husband
  • lots of door prizes donated by presenting sponsor Great Outdoor Provision Company and other donors to MST's 40th Anniversary Fund
  • a beautiful setting at SECCA - before and after the program, museum galleries will be open to attendees
  • a chance to learn more about how you can support Friends of the MST's work to build, protect and promote the trail.

You can attend the event with a donation to Friends of the MST. All gifts are appreciated, but please consider a donation of at least $10 per person to help cover costs. The work of Friends - to build and protect the MST and help people hike it - depends on donations from individuals and companies who see the value of the trail in their own lives and communities.

If you would like to receive regular updates about Jennifer's MST trek and other 40th Anniversary events, you can sign up for a weekly newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you at this fun, inspirational night to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the MST and Jennifer's hike across our beautiful and diverse state. Many thanks to our presenting sponsor,  Great Outdoor Provision Company.

Friday September 22-Sunday September 24: Pisgah National Forest Camporee at Black Mountain

5:00 PM

Briar BottomGroup Campground

50 BLACK MOUNTAIN CG ROAD, BURNSVILLE, 28714, NC (edit map)

A camporee is a camping/hiking weekend; the purpose of this one is to explore potential wilderness and other areas in the Grandfather and Appalachian districts of the Pisgah National Forest. Similar to last year's "Great Grandfather Wilderness Weekend Camporee," this 2017 group outing will provide multiple opportunities to become familiar with some outstanding wild areas within the western part of the Grandfather District and the eastern part of the Appalachian District. 

You must register and pay. 
The NC Sierra Club and other conservation groups are urging the US Forest Service to recommend eligible lands as new wilderness with this area, including the Black Mountains and Mackey Mountain. The weekend is planned as a boots-on- the-ground educational experience to engage Sierra Club members and non-members on the exceptional backcountry value and quality of this area, and how they can engage in the current Pisgah and Nantahala Forest Plan Revision process, the outcome of which could affect how these areas are managed.

Friday night there will be a meet and greet where campers can get more information about the hikes and meet fellow campers. Saturday night there will be a group meal and a presentation on the Forestry plan.

Hike descriptions will be available soon on the chapter website so be sure to check back. Space is limited and participants need to sign up with the hike leaders. http://www.sierraclub.org/north-carolina/events

Can't go but interested in forestry issues? The USFS is taking public comments on the plan now until Sept. 30. It's time to be heard! Visit our website for recommendations on concerns you can express about the unique needs of specific ranger districts that are most important to you personally, as well as the overall plan. You'll also find information on how to submit your comments by email or postal mail.

Saturday, September 30: Reach the Peaks at Hanging Rock State Park

2017 RTP Registration Now Open

2017 Reach the Peaks Registration is now live. Click on the following links:

2017 Reach the Peaks Trail Running Challenge – September 30th
starting at 7am from the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3041805

2017 Reach the Peaks Hiking Challenge – September 30th
starting at 8am from the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3034532

Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8: Vade Mecum Tours 9:00 to 5:00.

Vade Mecum Tours and hiking continue this Weekend!

First Saturday/Sunday of every month.

The Chapel, Hotel, Tise Hall (gym), Spring House will be on the History Tour - Welcome Center with Info will be open!  Directions:https://www.google.com/maps/place/Camp+Sertoma+Dr,+Quaker+Gap,+NC/@36.4173316,-80.3082463,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88524510e69894d5:0xb92576e505fa0a80!8m2!3d36.4173273!4d-80.3060576

Friends of Sauratown Mountains

All hikers must check in at the visitor center.

Thursday Novenber 2: Living Landscapes: The Untapped Potential of Home and Public Gardens

An Evening with Doug Tallamy from 7-9 pm

Old Salem Visitor Center

Lecture followed by Reception and Book signing

http://www.oldsalem.org/living-landscapes/

Dr. Tallamy, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is a popular author and speaker.  This is his first visit to Winston-Salem and a great opportunity to for our community to learn how to garden and landscape with nature in mind -- how to create places that make us happy and function as habitats for birds, bees and other pollinators -- through enhancements with native plants.