Amanda Kanack looks up from snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Conasauga River.
Snorkeling,  Rafting Canoeing  And More...

HRWC's summer and fall events calendar is starting to fill up with old favorites and new outings too! On Friday, July 21, we're going snorkeling through a group program offered by the Cherokee National Forest just over the line in Tennessee. Our rivers have an extraordinarily diverse assemblage of fish, and in the clear waters of this particular snorkeling site, it is typical to see 15 to 20 species of fish on any given day. The experience is like swimming in an aquarium! The cost is $25/person and includes wetsuits, masks, snorkels and knowledgeable guides. The maximum we can take on this trip is 24 and we already have 13 signed up, so register ASAP and definitely before the registration deadline of Friday, July 7th!
A new outing for our calendar this year is whitewater rafting! On Sunday, August 27, we'll be taking a guided group rafting trip down the full eight miles of Nantahala River whitewater through the Nantahala National Forest. The cost is $35/adults and $30 for youth ages 7-11 (or weighing at least 60 pounds). Advance registration & payment are required. We must have a minimum of 10 participants for this outing; the deadline for registration is August 11.
On September 27th, paddle Apalachia, our very own wilderness lake! A short hike to North Shoal Creek Falls will also be included. Fishing and swimming are both options, although not in the same location! Please register early as this outing has a 12 boat limit! Thanks largely to Wood's Outdoor Adventures, we can provide up to 14 people with a seat in a canoe. The cost for this outing is $15/person for a seat in a canoe; it's free if you bring your own boat. Registration for the Apalachia Lake paddle trip should be made by September 22. 
Our web site contains a complete list of events, activities and outings. Click on the Events Calendar button below to access it! You can also contact Raleigh to sign-up.
Scholarship presentations
First Carson Conservation Scholarships Awarded

Cutler Edwards of Robbinsville High in Graham County received the top Carson Conservation Scholarship award of $2,000 this year! Cutler will attend Southwestern Community College in the fall with a declared major of Civil Engineering Technology. After two years, he plans to transfer to Western Carolina University to complete a bachelor's degree in a related field. Cutler's scholarship is renewable at $1,000/year for up to three additional years, based on continued eligibility, for a total of $5,000 over his college career.

Scholarships of $500 each were also presented in 2017 to Kylan Thompson of Andrews High (bottom left) in Cherokee County and Bronson Kirby of Hayesville High (bottom right) in Clay County.

The Glenn F. Carson, II Memorial Conservation Scholarship was created by the HRWC board of directors in May 2014, following Glenn's tragic death in an automobile accident at age 43. The purpose of the Carson Conservation Scholarship is to assist young people from Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties who want to pursue higher education in natural resource conservation fields. And, as then HRWC chairperson Brenda K. Hull said, "to do something to perpetually honor Glenn's tireless conservation work in our communities." The scholarship program continues to rely on contributions from individuals and organizations. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and may be sent to HRWC, PO Box 889, Murphy, NC 28906 with the designation "Carson Conservation Scholarship" noted.
Tent for sale at Outdoor Gear Sale
(Gently Used) 
Outdoor Gear Sale
July 13-15, 10-4 each day

It's almost time for our second gently used Outdoor Gear Sale! The event is set for July 13-15 at Appalachian Outfitters on Tennessee Street in downtown Murphy. [The sale was originally scheduled for mid-June dates, but was moved out one month due to some unforeseen circumstances with our partners at AO.]

Although lots of good gear including backpacks, coolers, fishing rods and tackle, sleeping bags  and kids' outdoor sports items have already been collected,  HRWC welcomes additional  donations through Friday, July 7. We will accept any outdoor-related items that are gently used  and in working order, from water-proof sandals to tents to boats. Items can be dropped off at  the HRWC office most weekdays between the hours of 9:00-noon and 2:00-5:00; however, it's  always a good idea to call before you come, particularly if you have several items: 828-837- 5414. Shoppers are needed too! Hope to see you on July 13-15.
Students beside a stream with loppers and other hand tools
Students from Eastern Michigan University (an all girls group this year!) pause for a photo.
47 College Students from 5 Universities in 3 States Worked Here for Healthy Streams!
A total of 47 volunteers from five different universities in three states have donated 1,360 hours of time to improving fish and wildlife habitat locally through HRWC's Alternative Break program so far in 2017! Since 2009, college students have been traveling from states like Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and more to help HRWC sustain good water quality in rivers, lakes and streams.
An alternative break is a trip where college students, instead of relaxing on a beach somewhere during their seasonal break from classes, pay to actively engage in a service project, typically for a week-long period. HRWC has a 25-year history of working with landowners across a 4-county coverage area to restore aquatic and riparian habitat, amassing a lengthy list of more 50 individual restoration projects in the process. Each year, beginning in February, our Alternative Break students trek to the farthest reaches of our watershed to help eradicate nonnative invasive plants, plant native trees and shrubs, and clean-up streamside areas and lake shorelines on these project sites and more!
We are so appreciate the volunteers on the 2017 teams from the following schools: Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan Rotaract Club, Grand Valley State University, Bowling Green State University and University of Tampa! Thanks also to the long list of local volunteers who made lunches for all those 20+ workdays! 
More lunch volunteers needed in October!
On October 4-7, we are hosting a group from Emory & Henry University for a fall break! Lunches are needed for 10-12 students on four workdays. Please contact Raleigh if you are able to help.
Save the Date!
Thursday, September 21

Our End of Summer Wine Tasting is scheduled for the last day of summer this year! The evening will feature tastings of local wines offered by Crane Creek Vineyards, as well as amazing hors d'oeuvres, made by our own BK Hull. More information coming soon. Plan to join us for a lovely evening at the vineyard!

Visit our event page for details...
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