Scholars & Scones: Saving the Endangered Bats of Grandfather Mountain
Jul
18
11:00 AM11:00

Scholars & Scones: Saving the Endangered Bats of Grandfather Mountain

  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (map)
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The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will feature our documentary, Saving the Endangered Bats of Grandfather Mountain on Thursday, July 18th at 11:00 am. This program is part of a series, Scholars and Scones, the museum offers once a month.

If you or someone you know has not seen the documentary about this amazing conservation story, now is the time to see it on a large screen with a Q&A session following the film.

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Hike at Three Top Mountain Game Land
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Hike at Three Top Mountain Game Land

BRC led the land acquisition effort and partnered with the State of N.C. to create the new Bear Paw State Natural Area. Managed by State Parks, Bear Paw is located on Hanging Rock Ridge, a Significant Natural Heritage Area. Important natural communities with rare and threatened plant species are located within this nationally significant area.

This hike is in partnership with the Appalachian State University Biology Department. Sign up for the hike at https://blueridgeconservancy.org/guided-hikes/

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Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K
Sep
21
7:00 AM07:00

Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K

20th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K

Sponsored by Stick Boy Bread Company

1 Mile Fun Run

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

The Mayview Neighborhood in Blowing Rock, NC

Race day registration will be available the morning of the 21st at 7:00am at the Blowing Rock American Legion. The 5k begins at 8:00am and the 1 Mile Fun Run at 9:00am.

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Members Hike at Pond Mountain Game Land
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Members Hike at Pond Mountain Game Land

Named by Thomas Jefferson’s father while surveying the Virginia-North Carolina border, Pond Mountain received its name from the unusual natural ponds that dotted its high ridge. BRC led the way in protecting this ecologically and culturally significant area perched at an elevation of 5,000 feet.

Currently under Christmas tree cultivation, the project offers major environmental benefits by presenting an opportunity to restore a high mountain habitat to a thriving natural area. Pond Mountain also connects with the Cherokee National Forest which adds to a large contiguous area important for wildlife habitat. Finally, the property contains the headwaters for Big Laurel Creek, Big Horse Creek and Little Horse Creek, enhancing and protecting local and regional water quality. Beyond ecological benefits, the area will offer passive recreational opportunities such as horseback riding and hiking.

A post-hike pizza picnic will be hosted by Virginia and Michael Tate at Ripshin Farm! This hike is exclusively offered to our 2018-2019 members. SIgn up to become a member today at https://blueridgeconservancy.org/donate.

Sign up for the hike at https://blueridgeconservancy.org/guided-hikes/ 

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Appalachian Wilds Art Reception
Jul
10
5:00 PM17:00

Appalachian Wilds Art Reception

Painter and botanical illustrator, Bethany Jewell of Les Fleurs Studio, will release a new body of work titled, "Appalachian Wilds" in partnership with the Blue Ridge Conservancy. This collection highlights the rare and unique species of the Southern Appalachians.

Join us for a fundraising reception on July 10th from 5-7pm, meeting staff of the Blue Ridge Conservancy and learning more about their conservation mission. Mountain Blue Gallery will donate 15% of all sales from the evening to BRC.

Mountain Blue Gallery is located at 151 Shawnheehaw Ave, Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604.

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Purposeful Pints
Jun
21
4:00 PM16:00

Purposeful Pints

From Beech Mountain Brewing Co.: What’s better than ending your Friday with a pint from Beech Mountain Brewing Co.? Doing it for a good cause! On Beech Mountain, community means everything to us. You lift us up and support us. We’re going to try to do the same, and do our part in giving back. Every Friday, running May 31 through August 30, our Brewhouse will host Purposeful Pints.

How does it work? Each Friday we will feature a tap takeover from one of our favorite regional breweries and .50 from every pint sold will go to the featured local non-profit! Representatives from each brewery and non-profit organization will be on-site to share their mission. As always, Beech Mountain Brewing Co. is a family-friendly environment. Bring the kids, bring the whole family!

Our hope is through these events, we can learn about the good that people are doing all around our community. As a brewery - we cannot save the world. What we can do is support the fine groups that are so committed to making positive changes all around us. What easier way to do that than throwing back a couple of cold ones? Cheers to our community, and a season full of good causes!

Come drink the beer, and we’ll do the donating. Giving back, feels good don’t you think?

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Middle Fork Greenway IPA Release Party
Jun
14
2:30 PM14:30

Middle Fork Greenway IPA Release Party

Come join Blowing Rock Brewing in celebrating the Blue Ridge Conservancy's Middle Fork Greenway project with a new specialty beer brewed specifically for the benefit of the Greenway.

Visit the Blowing Rock Ale House any time between 2:30pm and 5:30pm for the party, featuring the Greenway IPA poured fresh on draft! This beer pairs well with fresh air, Gram-worthy logo cups, sweet and savory foods, and fresh Will Massey jams.

A portion of the proceeds from each beer bought goes toward the construction of the next portion of the Middle Fork Greenway, connecting Boone to Blowing Rock, naturally! We hope you come show support for the Middle Fork Greenway team and our IPA, helping the Greenway in Improving People's Access to nature in the High Country.

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Gamekeeper Auction
Jun
5
6:00 PM18:00

Gamekeeper Auction

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Join us on the New River for Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Annual Auction

Enjoy a plated dinner from the Gamekeeper, a variety of fine wines, local craft beers, and a silent and live auction featuring items donated by local businesses.

The event is located at the Barn on the New River

3364 Lower Nettle Knob Road West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694

Download directions to the venue.

In keeping with an 19-year tradition, owners Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will prepare delicious, creative, and original Southern food.

A silent and live auction will feature local goods and services donated from our community sponsors. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on art, pottery, vacation packages, and many other items.

Dinner and drinks are included with your ticket. $30 for 1 ticket or $50 for two tickets.

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Land Trust Day
Jun
1
7:00 AM07:00

Land Trust Day

Please join us to celebrate Land Trust Day on June 2nd at all Mast General Stores of the High Country! Your patronage will help conserve the places in the High Country we all love. Mast General Store will donate 20% of the day's sales to Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Land Trust Day connects consumers, businesses and Blue Ridge Conservancy, and highlights the relationship that towns across WNC have with the forests, rivers and ridge-lines around them. Thank you, Mast General Store!

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Celebrate our NC bats at Grandfather Mountain with BRC
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrate our NC bats at Grandfather Mountain with BRC

  • Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum (map)
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Blue Ridge Conservancy presents The Virginia Big-Eared Bats of Grandfather Mountain: A story of discovery and survival.

Please join Blue Ridge Conservancy and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation in the Nature Museum Theater to see the film and learn more about the conservation efforts happening in the High Country.

Blue Ridge Conservancy and our local, state and federal partners worked to permanently protect the habitat of the endangered Virginia Big-Eared Bat in the Grandfather Mountain corridor.

To celebrate this amazing conservation success, Appalachian State University’s Documentary Film Services produced a short film to tell the story.

Theater showings will be on April 6 at 11am and 1pm.

After each showing a Q & A session will follow with partners from NC State Parks, NC Wildlife Resource Commission, and US Fish and Wildlife who are featured in the film.

It's Dollar Days at Grandfather Mountain! Local residents and employees of the High Country can enjoy the park at a discounted entrance fee of $3 in April.

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High-Country Conservation Round Table In Honor of Earth Month
Apr
5
3:00 PM15:00

High-Country Conservation Round Table In Honor of Earth Month

The Blue Ridge Forever coalition of WNC land trusts will facilitate an educational forum with Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC), New River Conservancy (NRC), local leaders and state legislators at the Boone office of Blue Ridge Energy. In honor of Earth Month, these local environmental non-profits are joining with the Town of Boone and Watauga County to educate residents and public figures about the local and regional importance of conservation. BRC and NRC will highlight their current and ongoing projects, the benefits conservation provides to residents of the High-Country, and the need for public support to make it all possible.

John Ward, Boone Town Manager, will open the event with a welcome and introduction, to be followed by brief, project overviews from Charlie Brady (BRC) and George Santucci (NRC). Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on conservation in the High Country with NC Senators Deanna Ballard and Ray Russell. We will close the day with opportunities for photos at two conservation sites– Middle Fork Greenway and Brookshire Park.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to elsea@blueridgeforever.info is requested, but not required.

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Blowing Rock Winterfest Chili Cook off
Jan
26
11:30 AM11:30

Blowing Rock Winterfest Chili Cook off

Located at the Blowing Rock School Gym. Tickets sold at the door only. $8 for adults (12 and up), $5 for kids (5 and up). Under 5, free!

Taste chili from local non-profit organizations and “vote” for your favorites with your dollars in their tip jars! Proceeds go directly to the charities, many of which have partnered with local restaurants to prepare their chili.

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Giving Tuesday: Please join us and save more land on November 27th.
Nov
27
12:00 AM00:00

Giving Tuesday: Please join us and save more land on November 27th.

Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) will celebrate Giving Tuesday on November 27th pledging to raise $20,807—one dollar for every acre of land protected by BRC to date. 

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.

Join BRC’s #GivingTuesday initiative and spread the word via BRC’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Donations received on November 27th will be counted toward our $20,807 goal. You can help us reach our goal by donating securely online.

#GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together. BRC needs your help to continue our work: Saving the Places You Love.

Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery is hosting a "Share Night" with BRC to help promote #GivingTuesday!

A portion of the sales on November 27th will be donated toward our Giving Tuesday goal of $20,807. Come to AMB for a pint or two on the 27th to participate! Thank you, AMB!


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Blue Ridge Conservancy 5k sponsored by Stick Boy Bread Company
Sep
22
7:00 AM07:00

Blue Ridge Conservancy 5k sponsored by Stick Boy Bread Company

19th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K

Sponsored by Stick Boy Bread Company

1 Mile Fun Run

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

September 22nd, 2018

The Mayview Neighborhood in Blowing Rock, NC

Race day registration will be available the morning of the 22nd at 7:00am at the Blowing Rock American Legion. The 5k begins at 8:00am and the 1 Mile Fun Run at 9:00am.

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2nd Annual Hawk 7K in 7D
Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

2nd Annual Hawk 7K in 7D

The Town of Seven Devils and Hawksnest Ziplines announce the 2nd annual Hawk 7K race set for September 15.  Great views and a challenging course attracted over 40 runners last year.  The race begins and ends in the Hawksnest parking lot, and information and registration can be found at racingtoes.com, under September events. 

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Gamekeeper Auction
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Gamekeeper Auction

BRC will host its 18th annual fundraiser on Wednesday, June 6 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Blowing Rock American Legion located at 333 Wallingford Road in downtown Blowing Rock.

In keeping with an 18-year tradition, owners Ken and Wendy Gordon of The Gamekeeper will prepare delicious, creative, and original Southern food.

A silent and live auction will feature local goods and services donated from our community sponsors. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on art, pottery, vacation packages, and many other items.

Beer and wine samples are included with your ticket. All proceeds from the event will benefit BRC and its mission to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in northwest North Carolina.

Individual tickets are $30 each or $50 for two. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on Wednesday, June 6th. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

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Land Trust Day
Jun
2
7:00 AM07:00

Land Trust Day

Please join us to celebrate Land Trust Day on June 2nd at all Mast General Stores of the High Country! Your patronage will help conserve the places in the High Country we all love. Mast General Store will donate 20% of the day's sales to Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Land Trust Day connects consumers, businesses and Blue Ridge Conservancy, and highlights the relationship that towns across WNC have with the forests, rivers and ridge-lines around them. Thank you, Mast General Store!

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Hike: Harmon Knob at Tater Hill Bog Preserve
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Hike: Harmon Knob at Tater Hill Bog Preserve

Blue Ridge Conservancy purchased an 88 acre property on Harmon Knob to expand the existing 1,200 acres that make up the Tater Hill Bog Preserve.  This acquisition follows 88 acres BRC recently added to the Tater Hill Bog in 2016.  Harmon Knob is a large, broad, highly visible mountain located southeast of Potato Hill in Watauga County.

The Tater Hill Bog Preserve is a rare mountain bog ecosystem, home to an array of endangered and threatened plant species, and contains the headwaters of Howard’s Creek, an outstanding fisheries resource. 

Sign up for the hike here: https://blueridgeconservancy.org/guided-hikes/

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Middle Fork Greenway Press Conference
May
7
4:00 PM16:00

Middle Fork Greenway Press Conference

The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce will co-host a press conference Monday, May 7th, on behalf of the Middle Fork Greenway, to communicate a recently completed Economic Impact Study and to unveil plans for Round-Up for the Greenway, a fundraising imitative linking the local business community to the project, set to begin in July.

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Globe Gravel Challenge
May
5
7:30 AM07:30

Globe Gravel Challenge

Join us for the inaugural Globe Gravel Challenge- a new ride that is rewarding for both it’s challenging nature and it’s scenic beauty! Ride the route like a race, or take it as easy as you can…the choice is yours. After you complete the ride, be sure to spend time in historic downtown Blowing Rock. As a part of the “Savor” weekend, there are plenty of events to keep you and your family entertained. Make sure to take advantage of the coupons in your registration packet, and experience all the lovely shopping and dining options the town has to offer.

All proceeds to benefit the Middle Fork Greenway. Registration is available by clicking here: https://racesonline.com/events/globe-gravel-challenge

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High Country Welcome Reception for Superintendent J.D. Lee
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

High Country Welcome Reception for Superintendent J.D. Lee

Join the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Blue Ridge Conservancy, and Chetola Resort in welcoming the Parkway's new Superintendent, J.D. Lee, during a free reception in the Appalachian Blue Ridge Room at the resort. Light refreshments will be served. 

Tuesday, April 24 at 5 PM - 7 PM

Chetola Resort & Spa

185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605

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Earth Day Hike: Camp Lutherock
Apr
22
9:00 AM09:00

Earth Day Hike: Camp Lutherock

Located on the southwestern slope of Sugar Mountain in Avery County, Camp Lutherock is now permanently protected after a decade long collaborative effort between BRC, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and NovusWay Ministries.  It is considered a Significant Natural Area by the NC Natural Heritage Program due to its unique ecological character. The camp hosts two endangered ecosystems, three endangered species, and numerous other rare species and high quality forests. It also contains headwater streams for the North Toe River and Sugar Creek, which provide excellent water resources and rich habitats for aquatic life.  Camp Lutherock uses the land for recreation including hiking, an advanced high ropes course, rock climbing, disc golf, and other camp activities, meetings, and conferences.

Sign up for the hike here: https://blueridgeconservancy.org/guided-hikes/

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Free, Public Seminar: Is there Hope for Hemlocks?
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Free, Public Seminar: Is there Hope for Hemlocks?

  • 252 Poplar Grove Road Boone, NC, 28607 United States (map)
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Join Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) for a free, public seminar discussing the future of hemlocks in our Western North Carolina ecosystem. The presentation will include information about the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, efforts to combat this pest, and what you can do to get involved in hemlock conservation. 

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

SOLD OUT

Join us for one of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year, Outdoor Programs is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary of hosting the World Tour! The public screenings have built a reputation for the best mountain adventure, culture, and environmental interest films.

Watch this year's film trailer at http://theschaefercenter.org/events/id/571

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

SOLD OUT

Join us for one of North America's largest screenings of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This year, Outdoor Programs is celebrating its 22nd Anniversary of hosting the World Tour! The public screenings have built a reputation for the best mountain adventure, culture, and environmental interest films.

Watch this year's film trailer at http://theschaefercenter.org/events/id/571

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Get Lost for a Cause at Lost Province Brewing Company
Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

Get Lost for a Cause at Lost Province Brewing Company

Lost Province Brewing Company Hosts Blue Ridge Conservancy as “Non-Profit of the Month”

For the month of March, Blue Ridge Conservancy will benefit from “Get Lost for a Cause,” Lost Province Brewing Company’s means of supporting local non-profit organizations and community groups working to make the High Country of North Carolina a more vibrant, healthy and just place to live.

Enjoy lunch, dinner, and/or a few pints of local microbrews on Tuesday, March 13th to support Blue Ridge Conservancy. Lost Province Brewing Company will be donating 10% of sales from that day towards BRC conservation projects in the High Country.

Lost Province Brewing Co. is a destination microbrewery and gastropub located in historic downtown Boone, NC. They brew authentic and innovative craft beer on site and serve savory wood fired fare using local, regional and seasonal ingredients. As a small, family owned and operated business, they are committed to our community, environment and employees and strive above all to provide an experience of gracious hospitality for all of their guests.

“We are very pleased to have BRC as our May non-profit of the month. BRC’s commitment to preserving what makes ‘The Lost Province’ of North Carolina a special place to live, work and play is important to us as a company” said Lynne Mason, Co-Owner and CEO at Lost Province Brewing Company.  “We want to help promote the great work they are doing for our greater community that directly benefits our quality of life”.

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Blowing Rock WinterFest Rotary Charity Chili Challenge
Jan
27
11:30 AM11:30

Blowing Rock WinterFest Rotary Charity Chili Challenge

Located at the Blowing Rock School Gym. Tickets sold at the door. $8 for adults (12 and up), $5 for kids (5 and up). Under 5, free!

Taste chili from different non-profit organizations and “vote” for your favorite with your dollar in their tip jar! All proceeds go directly to the charities. LIVE music from “The Lucky Ones”

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Appalachian Mountain Brewery Pints for Non Profit Night
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Appalachian Mountain Brewery Pints for Non Profit Night

During January, beer fans can show their support for Blue Ridge Conservancy thanks to Appalachian Mountain Brewery’s Pints for Nonprofits Program. For each pint sold, a charity chip is given out. (Request yours at the bar.) Patrons can place the chips in a box to donate 5 percent of their pint purchase to support the nonprofit’s work for land conservation in the High Country.

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