Join the Upstate Chapter for a seed collecting field trip and educational outing. The date is Saturday, October 15 at 9am. Meet at the Holly Springs Store (6491 HWY 11, the intersection of HWY 11 and HWY 178) in Pickens to carpool out to National Forest land. Park in the gravel area above the store, not in the store parking spots. Bring some paper bags. Bring gloves, hat, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. Bring snacks or portable lunch. Seeds will be used for propagation at the Upstate Native Nursery (UNN). Contact Dan Whitten with questions: [email protected].
Autumn Seed Collecting Field Trip
Join Dr. Bill Stringer and friends for this years fall seed collection trip. This trip will increase your knowledge about native plants and wild seed collection, while re-stocking our Upstate Native Nursery with native genotype seeds for the future. To join, just meet at the Holly Springs store on SC Hwy 11 in Pickens county at 9:am. From there the group will car pool to various sites until 2:pm or a bit later. Bring small paper bags, a sharpie marker, good shoes, and drinking water. Bring snacks or on the go portable lunch.
Autumn Seed Collection Field Trip
Join Dr. Bill Stringer and friends for this years fall seed collection trip. This trip will increase your knowledge about native plants and wild seed collection, while re-stocking our Upstate Native Nursery with native genotype seeds for the future. To join, just meet at the Holly Springs store on SC Hwy 11 in Pickens county at 9:am. From there the group will car pool to various sites until 2:pm. Bring small paper bags, a sharpie marker, good shoes, drinking water and snacks or a portable lunch.
When: Saturday Oct 15th from 9am – 2pm
Where: Meet at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671 at 9am Park in gravel lot above the store, not in store parking spaces.
Contact: Bill Stringer- Catb[email protected] or 864-979-3169 or Dan Whitten at [email protected].
Upstate Field Trip: Carvers Gap, NC
June 11th, 9:30 am: Field Trip
Carvers Gap near Roan Mountain
On June 11, 2022 We will hike the Appalachian Trail to Jane Bald and then the Spur Trail to Grassy Bald for a one way hike of 2.5 miles and then back same way. The Catawba Rhododendron and Flame Azalea will be the main attraction.
There will be a meetup at 9:30am at Mountain Inn & Suites parking at 55 Upward Rd, Flatrock, NC (exit 53 off of I-26 after US 25 joins the interstate). This meetup would be convenient for people coming from Greenville and West of Greenville. As another option, meet at Carvers Gap at 11:30am where parking will be a premium.
To register, email Dan Whitten at [email protected].
Lowcountry Fall 2020 Newsletter, part 1
As we finalize plans for the Fall 2020 season, check back for an updated listing of lectures and field trips!Fall-2020-Newsletter-Part_I
Field Trip to Station Cove Falls
Saturday, March 23 8am to 2pm Leaders: Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten
Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest. Station Cove Falls is the premier cove forest habitat in the Upstate to see Spring ephemerals. such at Trilliums, Mayapples, and much more. A grand reward at the trail’s end is Station Cove Falls!
Rick Huffman says,
“Station Cove Falls (also called Oconee Station Falls) is an ancient, timeless place where geology and plate tectonics have shaped and formed this land into what we see today. Each year the pilgrimage begins early in February and March to see the promise of a rich bounty of botanical treasures.
Few realize how botanically old this place is or understand the role of amphibolite (Mineral) plays in making this a botanical wonderland. Some have said it’s the best Cove Forest habitat on the Eastern Seaboard, some in authority have claimed this place to be the most ancient place for plants on the planet. From Blood Root, Trilliums, Mayapple, Violets, Rue Anemone, Hepatica and wood betony, we find ourselves in reverence of this place. We find salvation from our urban hectic lives and we feel at home. I have called this place ‘The Church’. It’s where I go to find that peace, that serenity, the sense of promise and renewal. The SCNPS has long held this place sacred and we go there on March 23rd to experience the wonders of creation and of time and place. Joins us as we make the journey back in time to find our peace today.”
You don’t want to miss this trip!! The outing will also include a excursion along the Estatoe at Nine Times Nature Preserve to view many more spring wildflowers.
Meet at 8am at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671, at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and SC 178. Bring water, lunch/snacks and dress in field clothing and hiking or sturdy walking shoes. A hiking stick is optional.
To sign up contact Rick Huffman at : <[email protected]>or call (864) 901-7583. Please include a cell phone number for last minute information. Please include the number in your party, whether or not you are willing to be a driver for carpooling, and how many riders you could accommodate.