Macon County 6th graders will participate in this multi-partner event on Mainspring’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Activities include a bird banding station, a Monarch tagging station, a farm history station and educational games.
Partnering with Mainspring are the Franklin Folk Heritage Association, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research, Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory and Macon County Schools.
Cowee School Heritage Center is sponsoring a series of programs called “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture”, to give people an opportunity to learn more about our local area from many different angles, and to enjoy a pleasant, informative evening together.
The series will resume on January 21, with a presentation based on Mainspring Conservation Trust’s Shade Your Stream program, featuring:
- An illustrated talk by local resident Dr. William O. McLarney, who has studied the Little Tennessee watershed for 29 years, suggesting how you can promote healthy streams and clean water.
- A short film, “Stewarding Streams in the Little Tennessee”, produced by the world renowned conservation film company Freshwaters Illustrated.
- Remarks by local landowner Tammy Stanfield, featured in the film, who has put some of Mainspring’s ideas to work on her property in Ellijay.
The program will begin at 6:30 at Cowee School. There will be time for discussion and questions, and light refreshments will be served.
Future programs include:
February 18- Barbara McRae, historian and author, will speak on “Three Women of Cowee.”
March 18- Paul Carlson, former director of Mainspring Conservation Trust, forester, and historian, will speak on “The History and Context of the Needmore Tract.”
April 15- Mary and Stan Polanski, author of the Franklin Press column Grow Native, will speak on growing native plants.
May 20-Lamar Marshall, research director for Southeast Heritage, will speak on “Cherokee Wars of the Cowee Valley.”
All programs are on the third Monday at 6:30 pm at the school.
Enjoy the wildflower blooms in Panthertown Valley on this moderate 5.5-mile wildflower hike. Mainspring’s Kelder Monar, who is an expert in wildflower identification, will lead the hike. Mainly level, with some steeper climbs and descents. The hike will take us past a variety of wildflower habitats and a waterfall. Expect to see spring ephemeral wildflowers such as trilliums and jack-in-the-pulpit, and early-blooming shrubs, including azaleas and mountain myrtle. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of drinking water.
Hikers will meet at Mainspring’s Salt Rock entrance property adjacent to Panthertown Valley at 10:00 a.m. Directions from Franklin: Highlands Road ~10.4 miles, left onto Walnut Creek for ~12.8 miles (road changes name to Pine Creek Road). Right onto 107S, go 2.0 miles (pass first entrance to Bee Tree Road at .7 mile). Turn left onto Bee Tree Road, go. 4 miles. Right only Cedar Creek Road, go 3.2 miles. Turn left onto 3243 Breedlove Road, go 3.6 miles to end. Parking area will be on the right.