Chainsaw safety classroom and field training is covered during this two-day USFS-certified training session by Helton Forestry Enterprises. Due to significant storm damage to area trails, the need for certified and recertified chainsaw operators is a critical issue. Participants learn basics of chainsaw job hazard analysis, use and maintenance, directional felling, as well as saw tasks and techniques. Participants perform chainsaw operations and are evaluated on their skill level under the guidance of one of the more experienced USFS qualified instructor/certifiers in NC. Certificates will be awarded to all participants. Participants must dress appropriately for trailwork – gloves, hard hat, safety goggles, chaps, and leather boots required. Chainsaws will be provided.
|Instructor: Helton Forestry Enterprises||Cost: $200|
Each monthly session focuses on at least five different wild plant species that are currently ready for harvest as the seasons progress and change. A combination of class lecture and field identification/collection provides an in-depth look at the selected species, potential look-a-likes, and preparation for consumption. Participants also discuss laws and personal safety guidelines for wild-crafting food and medicine for personal use. At the end of each session, participants are expected to properly identify selected plants and potential look-a-likes and harvest responsibly and safely. Participants are also provided recipes for each wild plant species to take home, and try first hand. Participants should dress appropriately for fieldwork and bring bug spray.
|Instructor: Warren||Cost: $30|
Sustainable stewardship of private lands is introduced in this brief 8-hour class includes 4 hours of online instruction culminating with a 4-hour campus wildlife habitat and forestry walk-through and site demonstration. Participants will learn about basic site inventories and data sources, plant and animal support best practices, forest health, water and erosion, garden strategies, conservation easements & state agencies, and wildlife and forestry plan development. Due to a generous Duke Energy Foundation Nature Grant, the class is offered free to the public.
|Instructor: Flanery||Cost: $0|
Learn how to make your forest work for you. Both long-term and short-term cash crops can be grown within the varying ecosystems within the forest. Explore a variety of forest farming crops and techniques ranging from the forest floor to the canopy; niche crops to silvopasture to timber and more are discussed. Develop a basic understanding of a variety of economic opportunities, how to assess a forest for potential, and realistic options to utilize their forest land. Class includes lecture and forest time. Be prepared for weather and insects.
|Instructor: Warren||Cost: $70|
The visitor experience of a place or destination involves both tangible elements like scenic views, and intangible elements like authenticity and hospitality all working together to meet visitors’ needs and expectations. This class will explore a three-stage model of the visitor experience and use participant examples to brainstorm ways to enhance visitor experiences as well as resolve challenges to meeting visitors’ needs and expectations.
|Instructor: Maloney||Cost: $30|
During this four-day basic trail training session, participants learn how to design, lay out, construct, and maintain sustainable trails. Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to understand the fundamentals of sustainable trails. Participants discuss the “trail experience” and characteristics of sustainable trails. They learn about the five essential elements of sustainable trails and how to incorporate them into trail layout and construction. The session covers design, construction, and maintenance techniques that minimize the volume and velocity of water on the trail tread. Receive guidance from desktop trail planning to design and layout, corridor flagging, and pin flagging of a trail alignment in the field. Gain field experience constructing new trail reroutes and maintaining existing trails on the RCC campus. Become familiar with the use of a clinometer to measure trail grade/steepness and side slopes. Common trailwork hand tools will be utilized for trail construction and maintenance. Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Participants must dress appropriately for trailwork – gloves, safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred). Trailbuilding tools will be provided.
During this two-day intermediate trail training session, participants learn about the comprehensive management of natural surface trails. Participants discuss trail assessment, trail facilities, signage, maintenances, wet weather trail closure, and other current issues. Classroom teaching and experiential learning are combined to understand critical trail assessment. Participants discuss how trail condition, maintenance, and safety can affect the “trail experience,” and they conduct a desktop trail system review. Participants learn how the interpretation of assessment results may vary depending on user group and trail difficulty. The session covers potential permitting requirements and trail contracting for natural surface sustainable trail projects based on assessment results. Gain field experience assessing existing trails and proposed reroutes on the RCC trail system. Fieldwork also includes a site visit to a local trail system to evaluate sustainable trail management topics. Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water. Participants must dress appropriately for hiking – long pants and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred), and be prepared to hike 3-6 miles over the course of two days.
|Instructor: TBA||Cost: $70|
Students who successfully complete this two-day class are eligible for a 5-year permit enabling them to forage and sell wild mushrooms at farmers markets, to restaurants, and in other venues. The mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the health department in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. This course is new to the area and is taught by local favorite Stesha Warren, authorized DHEC, GADPH & NCDPH Mushroom Hunting Instructor. Students receive a study guide and slides two weeks ahead of the class. For more information on Wild Mushroom Certification in North Carolina, visit https://bit.ly/2Jvynzb and https://bit.ly/3enbxFw.
|Instructor: Mushroom Mountain Cost: $250|