What do sparrows, medicinal herbs and biofuels
have in common? All are among the topics covered in the Blue Ridge
Naturalist Program's fall classes. Some 23 courses are available,
beginning September 12. The Blue Ridge Naturalist Program is hosted
by the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Center for Creative
Retirement located on the UNC Asheville campus. Classes are open to
students of all ages.
Outdoor enthusiasts and environmental advocates can enroll in
one-day courses or choose classes that meet for up to 10 weeks.
Students can take up birding, go hiking in nearby old-growth
forests, study meteorology, make natural body care products, soak up
fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway or examine how to make
their homes more environmentally friendly.
The fall term runs from September 12-December 11. Classes will meet
at the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus or in outdoor
locations around Asheville. Students who wish to enroll in the
outdoor classes must be in good physical condition and be able to
walk moderate distances on uneven ground.
Cost for the classes range from $24-$96, plus a $40 annual
membership fee to the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement.
Membership benefits include a campus parking permit, access to the
University library, discounts on special events and more.
For more information or to register, contact Mike McCreary at
828/251-6198 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete course catalog and
registration forms are available online at