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This meetup has many of the Umstead Coalition hosted events, as well as the Park Ranger-lead events at Umstead State Park.

The Umstead Coalition is dedicated to preserving the natural integrity of William B. Umstead State Park and the Richland Creek Natural Area. We support the Park with Park service projects, park protection, preserving historic structures, providing hikes and events, environmental education, and protection of the Park's natural resources. More information: http://umsteadcoalition.org

Upcoming events (3)

Wild Edible Foods Walk, April 30, 3 PM, at Large Crabtree Parking

(Do not join wait list if you want to attend this event) PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH VISITOR CENTER,[masked], RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED. Join a Park Ranger and dive into the exciting world of Wild Edible foods that can be found right here in your own backyard. This hike will serve as an education look at the different types of plants that are edible in some capacity. We will be sniffing, tasting, and munching on wild edible foods but certainly not taking more than we need for educational purposes. This walk will hike a total of 1.5 miles on a mixture of trails, paved walkways, and open forest so dress accordingly with proper footwear.

Service Project - Sycamore Mess Hall Restoration - Wednesday, May 8

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Help us restore Sycamore Mess Hall so that it can be open for public use for the first time in almost 30 years. It first opened to the Public in 1937. We will be working on the tables and benches for the Mess Hall, as well as the kitchen ceiling. If we have folks with carpentry skills, we'll also be re-hinging the window screens. Bench/table repairs will be also be available for those of you with carpentry skills. Park Bike and Bridle Trail Head (off US70 entrance). Questions:[masked] Jean at Umstead Coalition We cross link this service day with a couple event managers. We anticipated we will have about 10-15 volunteers. We would welcome your help for whatever time you have to offer. Feel free to come anytime during event times. Registration helps us with planning of food (lunch and snacks provided) and supplies. Dress with work clothes for painting, scraping, cleaning. Service event will take place rain or shine. DIRECTIONS: Enter Park from Glenwood Avenue. Follow signs to Multi-Use Trail Head. Take first left past Visitor Center, then first right, than first left onto Sycamore Road. Follow Sycamore Road til it ends in a gravel parking lot. Mess Hall is the right in the trees as you enter parking lot. Park in gravel parking lot and walk in. More details: http://umsteadcoalition.org/events

Senior Hike - Company Mill Trail 5/15 9:00 a.m.

Umstead State Park Reedy Creek Entrance (GPS 2100 N. Harrison Ave.)

(Do not join wait list if you want to attend this event) PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS THROUGH VISITOR CENTER,[masked], RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED. 10 people What we'll be doing: Meet at Reedy Creek Entrance Parking lot, to hike part of Company Mill Trail, up to the mill stone, and on to Reedy Creek MUT. This hike will be a moderate 3.5 mile hike. On our Senior Hikes, the pace is slower, geared to those who want to get out in nature, but need/want a gentler pace. We'll be exploring as we go, looking for spring time in Umstead. What to Bring: Wear weather appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes/hiking boots, water (take into consideration it will be getting warmer), sunscreen, camera, snack, binoculars, bug repellent.

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