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AS IF Center presents old growth forest hike at Albright Grove
Before Europeans came to this continent, our forests were filled with majestic trees that dwarfed us humans. Old growth forests like that are mostly gone now, but there are a few relicts. Albright Grove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of those. Art + Science In the Field: AS IF Center will host this pilgrimage to see the great trees. The hike to Albright Grove is a moderate 7 mile hike, with about 3 and a half uphill, and 3 and a half back down. The drive to the trailhead is an hour and a half from Asheville. Bring water, lunch, and a rain poncho (even if rain is not in the forecast, the Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest -- it rains a lot even surrounding areas are dry). You can read more about the trail here: Join us on this hike to old growth forest! We will leave from Green Sage Cafe at Westgate patio at 8:15 (after everyone has had a chance to get a coffee and breakfast if they wish). We selected this location so that we can leave cars in the parking lot and carpool if folks want to do that. Rain date number 1 will be the next day, Sunday, July 15, and rain date number 2 will be Sunday, July 22. If you're joining us, watch your email after you RSVP because I'll leave updates for those who have replied that they plan to join us. - Nancy

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70 Westgate Pkwy · Asheville, NC

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If you are excited by science – whether or not you are a science professional – and you live in the Western North Carolina area, then the Asheville Science Tavern is a great meetup for you. We are part of a movement of science socials such as Science Cafes ( and Cafe Scientifique ( Our mission is to humanize science and scientists - sharing the work of science in a way that is warm, engaging, often funny, inspiring, even beautiful.

We also offer science outings such as hikes, river trips, stargazing, science pot lucks, science trips (to NC Museum of Natural Sciences, DC museums, etc.), citizen science activities, art-science activities, and just plain social gatherings.

In WNC we live in an area of tremendous biological and geological richness, with many areas under dark skies for observing astronomy, with some great science institutions (National Centers for Environmental Information ( and USFS Southern Research Station ( for example), AND with lots of smart, curious explorers like yourselves -- so we hope you will join us in learning more about the wonderful place we live.

It's free to join this group, and our events are free except where there is a fee charged by one of our partners. We often pass the Erlenmeyer flask to collect a few bucks to offset our expenses, but it's optional to chip in. We hope you join us at one of our events!

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