Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hot Springs Discovery Quest

TTEC Teachers developed a Quest for Hot Springs, NC. Next time you're in town, be sure and take this fun adventure!

So just what is a quest, you say?
A treasure hunt of sorts you play.

In each rhyming verse is found
A.T. lore about this Trail Town.

Count the shapes with A.T. inside
And they will lead you as a guide.

To facts, legends, history, and more
All that the A.T. has in store.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cartoogechaye 4th Grade Enjoys Fall Colors on the AT.

On October 19, 2012 the Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC), the Franklin, NC based Appalachian Trail (A.T.) maintaining club, provided 8 hike leaders to support Cartoogechaye’s annual hike to Siler Bald.

Over 70 students and parents participated on the hike from Wayah Crest to Siler Bald and return on the A.T.  The field trip introduced hiking as a life look health living activity.  On the hike students learned about various plants and trees and the work required to maintain the A.T . (the “Peoples Trail”) as a primitive hiking trail. 

Prior to the hike the NHC gave a presentation to the students on the history of the A.T., the preparations needed for a day hike (www.hikesafe.com) and the principles of Leave No Trace (www.lnt.org).

The outreach to our local schools provided by the NHC is part of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Trail to Every Classroom program.  The program’s key tenants are place based education, service learning and volunteerism.  To learn more about local hiking and volunteer opportunities to care for America’s first National Scenic Trail, which is literally in our backyard, visit www.nantahalahikingclub.org or on Facebook.   

North Carolina NCCAT participants

North Carolina NCCAT participants
At the Wayah Bald Fire Tower

Mary Jane

Mary Jane
On top of Silers Bald