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  IN THIS ISSUE: May 2015
Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease
 

JESSE POPE NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Pope1After an exhaustive nine-month search, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Board of Directors has named Jesse B. Pope Jr. of Newland the nonprofit’s next executive director.

Pope, a 13-year employee of Grandfather Mountain, most recently served as assistant operations director and director of education and natural resources. During his time at Grandfather Mountain, Pope also worked as a seasonal trail ranger and on the animal habitats staff before launching the park’s naturalist program, which he led for six years.  (more)

Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease
Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease

AN EVENING WITH PATRICK McMILLAN TOPS LIST OF SPECIAL EVENTS FOR BRIDGE CLUB MEMBERS

In a desire to provide more benefits for members of the Grandfather Mountain Bridge Club, the Stewardship Foundation is introducing an entertaining and engaging new lecture series for 2015.

McMillanThe series kicks off with An Evening With Patrick McMillan on Thursday night, June 25th. Patrick is the host, co-creator, and writer of the popular, Emmy-award winning (SC) ETV nature program Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. The Grandfather Mountain episode of Expeditions shows daily in our theater.

McMillan has worked as a professional naturalist, biologist and educator for more than 20 years. His range of experience has concentrated on botany though he is also well-respected through his work in ichthyology, herpetology, and mammalogy. A charismatic speaker and consummate educator, Patrick will share his wealth of knowledge about the 16 different natural communities that make Grandfather Mountain one of the most biologically diverse spots on earth.

On July 22, four middle school students known as the Bee Aware Science Team will share about their campaign to educate the public about honey bees and the individual choices the average person can make to help the species survive. The youthful bee advocates have taken this informative and inspiring program on the road to almost 100 schools and community groups.  

The students will also introduce program attendees to the “Honey Bee Haven” here on Grandfather Mountain. Hives were installed in a pesticide free area, surrounded by nutritious food sources, where the team can monitor the population and study the effects a safe area has on the growth and expansion of the bee colonies. Equally important to the team is the fact that the team's brochures and signage allow them to reach out to thousands of Mountain visitors through this colorful and fun interpretive tool.

On August 27, guests will be introduced to the Grandfather Mountain/Appalachian State University International InitiativeAppalachian State University professor Baker Perry is spending five years commuting between Boone and Peru studying Andean Mountain weather, climate and tropical glaciers under a National Science Foundation Career grant. As part of the project, Perry will take three different Grandfather Mountain Naturalists along on expeditions to Peru to investigate global climate and weather phenomenon.  Grandfather's environmental educators anticipate that the hands-on research experiences will better prepare them to educate the public about climate change.

Stewardship Foundation Executive Director Jesse Pope was the first of Grandfather's naturalists to join Perry in Peru.  Pope will share photographs taken during his three-week adventure and share what it is like to hike to an elevation of 18,000 feet above sea level.

All programs in this series take place at 7:00 pm in the Nature Museum auditorium and are free to Bridge Club members.

Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease
Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease

HELP US NAME THIS NEWSLETTER!

eNewsThe Bridge Club exists to build a bridge that connects Grandfather Mountain to the future, so our newsletter needs a name that is more connected to Grandfather's essence than the Bridge Club eNews.

Can you come up with something more exciting? Send us your suggestions and we'll select the name that most closely captures the relationship that we want this newsletter to nurture between the Stewardship Foundation and our Bridge Club members - and between our Bridge Club members and the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.

Suggest the winning name and we'll treat you and yours to a VIP tour of the mountain and a behind the scenes tour of the animal habitats!  Email your suggestions to contests@grandfathermountain.org, snail mail them to P. O. Box 129, Linville, NC 28646 or phone us at 828-733-2013.

Grandfather Mountain eScape : Wonders Never Cease
 
DISCOVER THE WONDER:

VOLUNTEER AT GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN

Make friends, make memories and make someone's day when you share your knowledge and love of Grandfather Mountain with our guests. You already demonstrated your love for the Mountain when you purchased your Bridge Club membership.  Now we invite you to become a volunteer and demonstrate your commitment to the Stewardship Foundation's mission as you help our guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.  Learn more.

 

Upcoming Events

June 1-14 The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

Marvel and learn about the spectacular blooms that brighten the hillsides in this guided walk series at Grandfather Mountain. Offered daily at 1 p.m. Included with regular admission, which is free with your Bridge Club membership.

June 17 Animal Birthday Party 

Learn about the animals that call Grandfather Mountain home in a day of kids' activities celebrating the Mountain's bears, eagles, otters, cougars and deer. Free with your Bridge Club membership.

June 25, July 31, Aug 29 Beauty of the Night Guided Hike

Join Grandfather Mountain naturalists for a guided walk to challenge your senses and experience the beauty of the night atop beautiful Grandfather Mountain. Reservations required. Free to Bridge Club members.

June 26 An Evening with Patrick McMillian

The host, co-creator, and writer of the popular, Emmy-award winning (SC) ETV nature program Expeditions with Patrick McMillan, Patrick will talk about mountain ecosystems the 16 different natural communities that make Grandfather Mountain one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.  7:00 pm.  Free to Bridge Club Members.

July 22  The Bee Aware Team and the Grandfather Mountain Honey Bee Haven

Using the $25,000 prize won in a national science competition, four High Country middle school students have partnered with the Stewardship Foundation  to create a “Honey Bee Haven” at Grandfather Mountain. The students will discuss how they are using the Bee Haven as a tool to educate thousands of Mountain visitors about the struggles faced by honey bees and ways that individuals can help. Free to Bridge Club Members.

August 27  The Grandfather Mountain/Appalachian State University International Initiative

Using a National Science Foundation Career grant, Appalachian State University professor Baker Perry is spending five years commuting between Boone and Peru studying Andean Mountain weather, climate and tropical glaciers.  Stewardship Foundation Executive Director Jesse Pope will share photographs from his trip to Peru last summer where he was part of a group assisting Perry in researching the fastest declining glaciers on earth.  Free to Bridge Club Members.

 
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