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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  • I was amazed with the scenery and the way the mountains just made my mouth drop in awe and wonder.  I have began hiking as a hobby lately after having a major back surgery in January 2010.  Now after coming there I have a new goal to hike up MacRae Peak so we will be coming back in a few months  and hopefully bring more people with us.  We really enjoyed the natural habitat and the bears. You people really know how to entertain us. The staff was very very and a special thanks to Jill on top of the Mountain at the Swinging Bridge for explaining the points and mountains to us.  She is to be my tour guide when I come back !
    Troutman, NC
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