When: December 9, 2023 @ 10:00 am
Come be “out in the outdoors” with your queer peers!
Calling WNC’s LGBTQIA+ community! Let’s gather to share the company of nature with our fellow community members. On the second Saturday of every other month, we will come together to create a welcoming and inclusive outdoor space. This month, we will amble along the accessible trail at Queen Branch Preserve in Franklin, admiring the life that thrives around us even in winter. As we take time to notice, appreciate, and learn about the creatures that call this place home, we’ll enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and the warmth of friendship. Friends, family, and allies are welcome too!
We will meet at the Queen Branch Preserve in Franklin at 10:00am on Saturday, December 9th. Please register below to attend this event. During this event, we will slowly wander along the river on Queen Branch’s accessible trail, which is laid with gravel and is, at most, gradually sloped. The trail is appropriate for wheeled mobility devices, such as wheelchairs or strollers. The total distance of the walk is about 1/2 mile round trip, and this event should run for about 2 hours including the nature walk and the bonfire. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring a water bottle. Email Skye with any questions. This event is weather-dependent.
Sunday, October 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm- Pinnacle Park, Sylva
Saturday, December 9th, 10:00am-12:00pm- Queen Branch Preserve, Franklin
Saturday, February 10th, 10:00am-12:00pm- Location TBD
Saturday, April 13th, 10:00am-12:00pm- Location TBD
Meet your leaders
As Mainspring’s Conservation Outreach Associate, Skye (she/her) inspires communities to engage and connect with nature. She is a queer naturalist who is especially passionate about mosses, fungi, trees, and salamanders.
Gillian (she/her) is an Americorps VISTA serving as the Volunteer and Service Programs Coordinator with the Nantahala Forest Service. She is a queer conservation practitioner who strives to build community by connecting with others in nature and working to ensure that public lands are a welcome and safe space for all.