BREVARD,N.C. (Oct. 4, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering several outdoors-related events and clinics in October through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard.
All events, clinics and workshops are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and may require pre-registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nature Nuts: Opossums – Oct. 15 and 25; 9-11 a.m. For ages 4-7 years old. Enjoy the fascinating world of opossums. Activities include story time, crafts and outside exploring.
Eco Explorers: BB Gun – Oct. 25; 1-3 p.m. For ages 8-13. Learn about marksmanship and gun safety. Instructors will focus on safety and proper shooting techniques, along with marksmanship techniques and tips.
Two Special Rocks – Oct. 12; 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For ages 8 to adult. This program takes advantage of the Pisgah Center’s unique location nestled between prominent features — John Rock and Looking Glass Rock. Join staff and local geologists Rich and Sarah McKeever, as they explore how these rocks formed as well as the plants and wildlife that call these special environments home.
Introduction to Fly Fishing – Oct. 14; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 12 and older. Come for a day of fun, learning the basics of fly fishing. Topics covered will include equipment, knots and casting techniques. Equipment and materials provided. Bring a lunch. Limited to six participants.
Fly-Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners – Oct. 18; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For ages 12 and older. An introductory class with topics that include casting theory, mechanics and practice techniques. Experienced instructors allow you to learn at your own pace as they teach the overhead cast, roll cast and the art of false casting. Advanced instruction is available upon request. This class is held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest. All equipment and materials are provided. Bring a lunch.
- Close-Up Outdoor Photography – Oct. 19; 9 a.m. -1 p.m. For ages 14 and older. This program, designed for intermediate or advanced photographers, focuses on equipment and techniques that can help you become more aware of the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a camera capable of manual control along with extra camera batteries.
- Kids’ Introduction to Fly-Fishing – Oct. 26; 9a.m.–3 p.m. For ages 9-15. A day of fun and learning fly-fishing basics, including “matching the hatch.” Topics covered will include equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology. Equipment and materials provided. Bring a lunch.
For more information, call 828-877-4423 or sign up online.
The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing different aquatic habitats. Visitors to the center also can walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. The center’s hours of operation through November are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
For more information on the four learning centers operated by the Wildlife Commission and other activities and events, visit www.ncwildlife.org/enjoying.