How We Help

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How We Help

Here at the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, we have a commitment to preserve Grandfather Mountain and the fragile high-elevation spruce-fir ecosystem that clings to its high peaks.

crayfish study How We HelpTo accomplish this goal we participate in numerous scientific studies designed to identify the threats to this biome and the flora and fauna that live here.  Armed with this information we cooperate with North Carolina State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, The Nature Conservancy and several other agencies to manage the property in the most responsible ways.

We take our commitment to stewardship a step further by investing in sustainable practices where ever economically feasible.  We encourage recycling by providing recycling bins throughout the park.  Food prepared and sold in our restaurant is served using 100 percent compostable and biodegradable plates, cups, forks, spoons, knives and take out containers. The power of the sun is harnessed to heat both the building and the water at the Fudge Shop.  And photovoltaic (solar) panels produce renewable energy that is sold to the grid.

naturalist kids How We HelpThe most exciting part of our mission, however, is the chance to inspire others by sharing our knowledge of the natural world with the thousands that visit each year.  Through naturalist programs and animal enrichments we have the opportunity to talk face-to-face with our guests and ignite them with our enthusiasm for stewarding creation for future generations.

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  • Everyone needs to wash their spirit clean where nature heals and gives strength to both body and soul. Grandfather Mountain has been a place that has helped me reconnect with nature every time I hike his trails. I can feel him whispering to me each visit, or while I'm just sitting on the side of the mountain seeking nothing but a cool breeze and the quiet he offers. I raised my two children on those trails, teaching them we are just caretakers of this wonderful place and it must be protected for the generations that follow. This place is special and GM never lets me down. We must continue to protect this sacred place and be sure that 100 years from now, all his beauty remains the same for those who follow.
    Greensboro, NC
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