How We Help

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.

To 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.

The 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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  • Last summer I returned to Grandfather Mountain after a more than 40 year absence and the return trip was even more magical than the initial trip. I was able to appreciate the majestic views of nature and all it's splendor with my grown son and my mother. We spent an adventure-filled day stopping at every spot mentioned on the CD and enjoyed a great deal of time in the animal habitats, especially the bears. My son's nickname is Bear, and frankly he resembles at least one of Grandfather Mountain's bears. We went up to the top by car since the hike was a little tough for my mom, however, she and my son crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge together while I recorded their experience. Upon their return I crossed solo and was able to appreciate the views from the bridge and mentally check "GM Mile high Bridge" off my bucket list. My hope is to be able to visit Grandfather Mountain as often as possible and during every colorful season of the year to watch Mother Nature show off one of her greatest treasures.

    Palm Harbor, FL
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