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  • Nature Trek With Venise Baxter & Stephanie Frenchik
  • Dear Mrs. Bywaters & the APES,
    • So we decided to go on what we’d call a little “nature trek” to some of the country’s most beautiful spots. We had a lot of fun and took a few pictures along the way, hope you enjoy our presentation as much as we enjoyed our trip!
    • - Venise & Stephanie
  • PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST
    • First Stop
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  • Information
    • Pisgah National Forest is a National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina
    • The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain in the southern Appalachian Mountains, including parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Balsam Mountains
    • The Pisgah National Forest was established in 1916, one of the first national forests in the eastern United States
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  • Day One
    • 8 am – Wake Up!
    • 9 am – Head out to Mount Michell (the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River)
    • 10 am – Begin the hike up Mount Michell with climbing instructor Charles
    • 6 pm – Settle in at a cabin at the base of Mount Michell
    • 9 pm – Off to bed early!
  • Day Two
    • 10 am – A later wake up due to the previous long hiking trip
    • 11 am – On the road to meet up with instructor Jill Banks for a bird watching trip
    • 1 pm – Lunch break, Then back to checking out those birds
    • 5 pm – Return to the cabin for dinner and smores
    • 9 pm – Bed Time!
  • Day Three
    • 8 am – Rise and shine!
    • 10 am – Head out to Lake Powhatan for water skiing and wake boarding
    • 12 am – Meet up with Drake, our motor boat driver
    • 5 pm – Head back to the cabin for dinner and some relaxation time
    • 9 pm – Bed time!
  • Day Four
    • 7 am – Early wake up in order to beat the crowds at Slippery Rock!
    • 9 am – Arrive at slippery rock, a natural waterslide
    • 11 am – Spend the day at the waterfalls of Pisgah National Forest
    • 2 pm – Picnic with all former instructors from throughout the week
    • 6 pm – Head back to the cabin
    • 9 pm – Bed time!
  • BIRCH CREEK NATIONAL WILD RIVER
    • Second Stop
  • Information
    • Birch Creek National Wild River flows from the Steese National Conservation Area into the Yukon Flats in central Alaska.
    • The river offers one-week float trips. Floaters can access both ends of the Wild River segment from BLM recreation sites along the Steese Highway.
    • The Bureau of Land Management manages 110 miles of upper Birch Creek as a wild river under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The river continues through state, private and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge land for a total of 344 miles before flowing into the Yukon River about halfway between Fort Yukon and Beaver.
  • Day One
    • 8am – Wake up!
    • 9 am – Take the Steese Highway from Fairbanks to milepost 94
    • 0.2-mile gravel road leads down to the Upper Birch Creek Wayside
    • 11 am – Go canoeing down the river with our instructor, Jack
    • 5 pm – Stop for dinner at welcome cabin
    • 7pm – Head back to camp
    • 10pm – Lights Out!
  • Day Two
    • 8 am – Wake up!
    • 9 am – On the road again…
    • 11 am – Rafting with Jack
    • 5 pm – Dinner and social hour at the welcome cabin
    • 8 pm – Head back to camp
    • 10 pm – Bed time!
  • Day Three
    • 8 am – Wake up!
    • 9 am – Head out
    • 11 am – Go float boating with Bubba
    • 6 pm – Dinner at the Welcome Lodge
    • 8 pm – Depart from Birch Creek
  • Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
    • Third Stop
  • Information
    • Newly established, 1997
    • Presently there is about 6,000 acres that has been purchased; plans call for the total refuge to be about 50,000 acres
    • It is being founded to preserve valuable undeveloped coastal wetland and adjacent uplands that provide habitats for many species of wildlife
    • The Red-cockaded woodpecker calls this refuge home, it is endangered
    • The refuge acts as a nesting ground for bald eagles as well as Swallow-tailed Kites
  • Day One
    • 9 am – Wake up!
    • 10 am –Visit the educational nature center and learn about endangered species and other animals that reside in the refuge
    • 2 pm – Go for a Jog on the nature trails
    • 4 pm – Attended a bird tagging seminar and learn about the process
    • 6 pm – Return to the cabin for dinner and a camp fire
    • 10 pm – Lights out!
  • Day Two
    • 9 am - Wake up!
    • 11 am – Get geared up for the day long fishing/canoe trip
    • 4 pm – Attend an Environmental education seminar on the importance of biodiversity
    • 6 pm – Movie under the stars, followed by a camp fire
    • 10 pm – Bed time!
  • Day Three
    • 9 am – Wake up!
    • 10 am – Morning Run
    • 12 pm – Volunteer with planting trees, and improving the refuge
    • 3 pm – Paddle boating trip
    • 5 pm – Lakeside dinner
    • 8 pm – Bed Time!
  • MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
    • Fourth Stop
  • Information
    • Mount Rainier National Park was established on March 2, 1899, and encompasses 235,625 acres, ranging in elevation from 1,610' to 14,410' above sea level
    • The "mountain" is an active volcano enclosed in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, surrounded by old growth forest and stunning wildflower meadows
    • President McKinley signed the park into existence, and it became the nation’s fifth national park
    • There are over a 1000 species that thrive in this park, due to its preservation
  • Day One
    • 7 am – Good morning America!
    • 8 am – Go for a run on the 6 mile long, Crystal Lakes trail
    • 11 am – Go boating on Tipsoo Lake
    • 4 pm – Went on a “Junior Ranger” trip
    • 7 pm – Retired to White River campgrounds for fun and games …
    • 9 pm – and eventually sleep
  • Day Two
    • 8 am – Wake up!
    • 9 am – Have breakfast at the Sunrise Lodge
    • 11 am – Go biking with our instructor, Jayme
    • 3 pm – Go walking around the Ohanapecosh Area with a group of visitors
    • 6 pm – Retire at the Paradise Inn for food, game night…
    • 10 pm – And sleep of course
  • Day Three
    • 9 am – Sunrise!
    • 10 am – Breakfast in the lobby
    • 12 pm – Out to go mountain climbing with Jake and Shawn
    • 4 pm – Head to get a photography permit (since we were accidentally illegally taking pictures)
    • 5 pm – Go frolic in Paradise Area
    • 6 pm – Switching lodging again, heading to the National Park Inn
    • 7 pm – Spend tons of money at the gift shop
    • 8 pm – Enjoy dinner by the enormous fireplace in the corner
    • 9 pm – Sleep time!
  • Day Four
    • 9 am – Wake up and check out of the Inn
    • 10 am – Enjoy the continental breakfast in the lobby
    • 11 am – Buy more trinkets and take more pictures (this time of the hotel staff)
    • 12 pm – Visit the Longmire Museum
    • 4 pm – Head out of the Mount Rainier National Park, for good
  • We enjoyed our trip,
    • We hope you learned as much as we did about these protected lands. We’re back home in Virginia Beach though! Thanks again for coming with us… well figuratively at least.
    • -Venise & Stephanie  ☺