Whether your interest is in storytelling, park rangers or wild edibles, we have a course just for you!

Here’s what’s happening in August:


Stories, Tales and Adventures

Sat., 8/4/2012, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $49

Bring a sack lunch and join Bill Landry for a day of adventure and learning about our southern Appalachian heritage. Sort out old sayings, stories and tales, in a backcountry setting where nature abounds. We’ll find an old rock wall or cabin porch to sit upon or walk and talk down a quiet path, probably both. Time will be spent exploring the origins of mountain remedies and cures, folkways, travels, people and adventures through the eyes, experiences and stories from the host of the Heartland Series and author of the new Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventures. Instructor: Bill Landry, a native of East Tennessee, hosted the award-winning Heartland Series for twenty-five years.


Want to be a Park Ranger?-Introduction to Ranger Operations

Sat., 8/11/2012, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $49

Have you ever wanted to be part of or experience what it’s like to be a ranger? National Park operations are divided into five main divisions: Administration, Maintenance, Resource Education, Resource Protection and Resource Management and Science. Glean a better understanding of all jobs in the park, with a special emphasis on the protection rangers, who are responsible for law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical and firefighting in our national parks. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, you’ll experience what it’s like to wear the many hats and experience the many challenges of being a National Park ranger for a day. Instructor: Rick Brown has served for 30 years with the National Park Service as a law enforcement ranger.


Incredible Edibles and Traditional Medicinals

Sat., 8/25/2012, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $49

Climate and age of the Appalachian chain created a diversity of plant species that is greater here than anywhere in North America. Spend a day discovering how to identify plants and trees Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicines, crafts and other items of daily life. Sample delicious wild flavors appropriate to the seasons. The instructor will share the herb-lore from “medicine men” and “granny women” while the group searches the woods and fields of this temperate rain forest for its hidden treasures. Instructor: Ila Hatter is an interpretive naturalist, artist, storyteller, wildcrafter and gourmet cook with more than 31 years experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants.