Press release from National Forests in North Carolina:
The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer Afternoon Tea with Llamas on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The llamas will carry your lunches or snacks on this easy walk along the Forest Discovery Trail at the Cradle of Forestry. Ice tea and cups will be provided.The programs will be led by George Appenzeller and Sarah Meadows, founders of Challenge Adventures, a nonprofit organization experienced in leading hiking and camping adventure programs for youth groups since 1989. They have involved over 4,000 young people in educational experiences in the outdoors with llamas. Before each walk, they will explain traits that make llamas good pack animals, and also good trail companions. Visitors will hear about the llamas’ cooperative social structure that presents humans with an example of teamwork and caring.As the group walks the Forest Discovery Trail, children can take turns leading the llamas. The group will stop and picnic along the trail. This moderate walk through scenic woods and by the 1914 Climax logging locomotive is about 2 miles roundtrip.Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults. Youth 15 and younger are admitted free. Golden Age, America the Beautiful, and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. In addition to the llama program, the fee includes the Forest Discovery Center with 15 hands-on exhibits, the documentary First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails, and the Adventure Zone. The Café at the Cradle serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com.