Outdoor Journal

Read all about it: Charleston, S.C.-based publisher The History Press has just released Will Leverette’s new book, Waterwise: A History of Paddling in Western North Carolina.

Beautifully produced and full of fascinating information about the birth and development of whitewater paddling in the region, the book is available from local booksellers as well as online at thehistorypress.net and amazon.com. Leverette was profiled by writer John Bowers in the May 13 edition of Mountain Xpress. Read that article online at www.mountainx.com/outdoors/2008/051408history_on_the_water.

Stop and smell the flowers: Western Carolina University’s Outdoor Summer Fun Series will feature “Hike with a Botanist” this Thursday, July 17. Participants will spend the day on a leisurely hike with one of the university’s botany experts, learning about plant identification and the Appalachian ecosystem.

“Western North Carolina is situated in one of the most diverse temperate zones on this planet,” says Susan Fouts, director of continuing education at WCU. “This workshop will help area residents and visitors learn more about the incredible diversity of plants in our area.”

Cost of the workshop is $55. Children ages 10 to 16 may participate at a discount rate with an accompanying parent. Children under age 10 may participate with prior permission from the hike leader. The hike is limited to the first 12 registrants. For more information, call 227-7397.

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