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Watauga Area Events

Wanted to pass this along from Wendy Patoprsty. If you are in the Watauga County area check this out.

Greetings Friends!!!

Hope you’re staying warm and enjoying the snow this winter!!
The Watauga County Cooperative Extension has some exciting upcoming workshops and opportunities!  Please see the details below and mark your calendars!

Bird Nesting Box Construction Workshop:  March 7, 2015 from 10am - Noon.  Click here for more information.

Shade Your Streams - LIVESTAKE GIVEAWAY!!! On March 21, 2015 from 10:30am - 2:00pm, you are invited to attend a class on streamside vegetation, lunch, demonstrations, and free native streambank plants to stabilize and protect your stream.  All of this is FREE, but you MUST REGISTER!  To register please call the Watauga County Cooperative Extension at 264-3061 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Click here for more information.

Invasive Plant Seminar:  Join Bob Gale, plant Ecologist from Mountain True on March 26 from 3:30-5:00 at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center to learn about Invasive Exotic Plant Management, as well as invasive identification by viewing first hand what they look like and best methods for eradication.  Click here for more info.  Please register by calling Cooperative Extension at 264-3061 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Trash Can Falls Clean Up:  March 28th from 1:00-3:00pm.  Meet out at the new canoe access parking lot by the bridge of HWY 321 and Old Watauga River Rd at 1pm.  All supplies (gloves, bags, trash picker uppers) will be supplied.  Please let me know you’re coming by emailing me or calling 828-264-3061.

Fruit Plant Sale:  Orders must be placed and prepaid no later than Monday, March 23, 2015.  Go to this website to find your order form.

Weed Wiper Workshop:  April 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Participants can receive pesticide credits and also build a weed wiper to take home and use this summer.  Click here for more information and to register.

Rain Barrel Sale:  Must order online by April 24th.  Click here to order yours!!
They are $75.  Made in the USA.  The pick up for your rain barrel at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center is scheduled for Friday May 1, 2015.

Operation Medicine Cabinet: is set for May 16th from 10-2pm at all Watauga County Food Lions, and Foscoe Fire Dept.  Drop off any unused medicines during this time. For more information click here

Hazardous Household Waste Day: Set for May 16th from 9am to 2pm at the Watauga County landfill (336 Landfill Rd. Boone). Items accepted include: paint, household batteries, household cleaners, pesticides, oils, antifreeze, gasoline, propane tanks, lighter fluid, lab packs, oxidizers, florescent bulbs, and mercury. If you have any questions please contact the Sanitation Dept. at 828-264-5305.

RiverCourse 131:  June 1-2, 2015, Registration now open.  RC 131: Assessment & Identification of Riparian Vegetation - June 1-2, 2015 - Valle Crucis, NC. This two-day course will introduce students to vegetation assessment of riparian areas along streams that will potentially be restored. Existing riparian condition will be examined and discussed in both classroom and field settings. Topics will include stream bank stability from a vegetative perspective, evaluation of current plant inventory, invasive vegetation issues, and potential planting constraints. Identification of common riparian plants of North Carolina will also be discussed during field sessions. Students will be given handouts with information on how to identify individual riparian plants. 10 CEUs are approved by the NC Board of Landscape Architects; Course # 10037. 10.5 contact hours in Category 1-CF are approved by the Society of American Foresters. And the NCDA Pesticide Board has approved the course for 3 hours credit.

Watauga Riverfest: The 15th Annual Watauga Riverfest will be held on June 13th at Valle Crucis Community Park!  Mark your calendars now and more details to come!  Elkland Puppet Parade, Dunk Tank, 30+ exhibitors, live animals, games, music, food and loads of educational fun!  (Please contact me if you’d like to volunteer!)

Enjoy the snow and stay warm!
Please email me if you’d like to be taken off this list.




Wendy M. Patoprsty, Extension Agent
Natural Resources, Watauga County
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
971 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607
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Check out the Watauga County Cooperative Extension blog at: http://wataugaces.blogspot.com/

“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”    ——Wendell Berry


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Surry County Youth Conservation Day

I need the help of any members available and interested in working with kids at the Surry County Youth Conservation Day.
If you can help out please give me a call during the day at 336.386-8751 ext. 3.

Surry County Youth Conservation Day           September 26, 9AM to 4PM

Surry County Youth Conservation Day is designed to promote and educate youth in the community on outdoor recreation, environmental education, and sportsmanship safety.

Who is involved?
Through the concerted effort of Surry County 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, local commodity groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited; associations like Archers for Christ, and the Surry Baptist’s Men Association; and parks and services such as Pilot Mountain State Park, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and the North Carolina Forestry Service; and local farm, W-4 Farms, Youth Conservation Day is an educational event that will equip the community’s youth with the knowledge of how to safely participate and manage various outdoor related activities.

Who can participate?
This FREE event is open to youth between the ages of 5 and 15.  At least one parent must accompany youth to the event.

Surry County Youth Conservation flyer (PDF format)

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