Spring 2019:7w
The Conservation Exchange
at Warren Wilson College
Sharing Ideas, Passion and Resources
for Sustainable Land Stewardship
A Note from the Dean of Land Resources
This year marks the 125 th anniversary of Warren Wilson College, the 147 th American Arbor Day and the 49 th Earth Day. Amazing things can happen when dedicated people take the time to plant and nurture a seed! Along with the establishment of the Asheville Farm School in 1894 on a plot of land in the Swannanoa Valley, came the first growing season of what is now widely known as the #1 College Farm in the United States. The 1930’s saw students tasked with “tidying up” the campus officially become the Landscape Crew, now carrying out duties ranging from arboriculture to designing pollinator gardens and habitat restoration. In 1978, not long after the first Earth Day got underway on college campuses across the nation, Warren Wilson College’s deep commitment to the planet was codified with the establishment of the Environmental Studies Department – one of the earliest in the country. At the same time, the College Forest was established for ecosystem protection, teaching and recreational opportunities and to provide resources for the College. Not to be outdone, the gardeners on campus broke ground on the College Garden in 1981 creating what is now both a major source of food for our cafeterias and a place of learning and inspiration for countless school children across the county. Our history and traditions of tending the land and honoring the earth run deep and are an integral part of our identity. New leadership at the College has strengthened that commitment and our faculty, staff and students will continue to work alongside the greater community in finding solutions to the current challenges that face our region and our planet. We hope you will join us in this endeavor now, during Earth Week and in the many years to come.
Speaking of Earth Week,
Please join us for these upcoming events!
Monday April 22nd - Earth Day!
  • 12:00 pm: Student Puppet Parade! - Parade starts at pedestrian bridge proceeding through cafeterias and on to Morse Patio!
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians - Dr. Dave Ellum will give a tour of the propagation shadehouse. Meet at the Garden Cabin
  • 6:00 pm: Panel Discussion "Ecology in the Landscape" - Join local landscaping/horticulture/arboriculture professionals for a panel discussion on ecological management considerations in landscaped environments. 110 Boon Hall
  • 7:00 pm: Sunset Hike and Mediation - Come and hike out to Dogwood for a time of reflection and meditation in keeping the themes of Earth Day. Sponsored by Spiritual Life Crew. Meet at Sage Circle *This event is only open to WWC community
Tuesday April 23rd
  • 11:30-1:00 pm: Green Walk About - Join Dr. Amy Knisley and WWC facilities and land supervisors for a tour of campus highlighting the College's commitments to sustainable operations. Meet at Gladfelter Cafeteria
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: A Grazer’s Lessons from the High Desert of Colorado: a Time of Scarcity and Abundance - WWC Alum Martha Skelley's talk will focus on regenerative grazing in the Western US and how climate change is affecting ranchers. 110 Boon Hall.
  • 7:30 pm: WWC Student Songwriting Showcase - Live music from some of our best student musicians. Morris Pavilion
Wednesday April 24th
  • 9:00 am-3:30 pm: Native Plant Restoration Project - We need volunteers who are interested in helping us plant LOTS of native grasses and wildflowers on a hillside behind Boon Hall. Stop by anytime to help out and learn about the use of fire and goats to restore native plant communities. Hillside below Boon Hall
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Zero Waste Workshop - Come learn tips for being more sustainable in your habits, lifestyle, and purchasing. Canon Lounge
  • 4:00 pm: Bee Hive Tour and Apiary Discussion - Join Garden Supervisor Ben Mackie and the WWC Bee Crew for a behind the scenes look at our apiary. Spaces are limited so please RSVP Bee Crew for a spot.
  • 4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Campus Plant Walk - Take a leisurely walk through campus and learn about the trees and plantings that form the magnificent backdrop for our beautiful College. Meet in front of Gladfelter Cafeteria
  • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm: College Farm Tour and Open House - Interim Farm Manager Virginia Hamilton will talk about grazing ruminants and our integrated crop/livestock systems. Meet at Farm Office
  • 7:30 pm: WWC Student Traditional Music Showcase - More live music from some of our best musical artists. Morris Pavilion
Thursday April 25th
  • 10:00 am and 3:00 pm: Sawmill Demonstrations - Join Forest Manager Shawn Swartz and The Forestry Crew for demonstrations of our Wood Mizer portable sawmill. South end of pedestrian bridge
  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Panel Discussion with the Land Resources Team - Come out and learn about new initiatives around College Lands and ask questions about the management of the Garden, Forest, Landscape and Farm. Canon Lounge *This event is only open to WWC Community
  • 4:00 pm: iNaturalist Workshop - Join Biology Instructor Jill Arnold and The Biology Crew for an overview of this social network tool used by naturalists and citizen scientists to share observations of the natural world. 108 Morse Science Hall
  • 5:30 pm-7:00 pm: Farm Tour and Open House - Interim Farm Manager Virginia Hamilton will talk about pork production and the College's food systems. Meet at Farm Office
  • 7:30 pm: Bat Conservation in Western North Carolina - Dr. Liesl Erb will give a talk focused on bats and bat conservation followed by a demonstration of acoustic bat sampling equipment. Morris Pavilion
Friday April 26th - Arbor Day!
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Open Tree Climb - The Tree Crew will have a couple trees rigged and will be assisting folks who want to get their feet off the ground. Location TBD *This event is only open to WWC community
  • 10:00 am-11:30 pm: Morel Hunt - Dr. Mark Brenner will be leading a hunt for the elusive morel. Spots will be limited to one van so please RSVP Mark Brenner to reserve a seat. Meet in Front of Morse Science Hall *This event is only open to WWC community
  • 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting - Join Landscape Supervisor John Odell, Assistant Supervisor Diane Hillgrove and The Landscape Crew for a tree planting to celebrate Arbor Day and the College's "Tree Campus USA" designation. Sunderland Lawn
  • 12:30 pm-4:30 pm: Spring Arts Festival and Garden Market - WWC Art Students will be showing and selling their works. A great chance to see the amazing talents of our students and pick up that special gift. This year will also include a Garden Market and live plant sale. Holden Arts Center
  • 4:00 pm: Bee Hive Tour and Apiary Discussion - Join Garden Supervisor Ben Mackie and the WWC Bee Crew for a behind the senes look at our apiary. Spaces are limited so please RSVP Bee Crew for a spot.
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Pollinator Lecture - Joe Salvatore, local bee keeper and expert in treatment free beekeeping and queen rearing, will discuss the role of pollinators in healthy ecosystems. 110 Boon Hall
  • 7:00 pm: Seed: The Untold Story - Join us for a screening of this award winning documentary followed by a panel discussion with WWC experts in botany, genetics, microbiology and forestry. Kittredge Recital Hall
Other Upcoming Events
Trail Day Volunteer Opportunity - April 6th, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Meet at Forestry Cabin
Join Forestry and Outdoor Leadership students for a workday along the River Trail. Tools will be provided and no trail building skills are necessary. Please bring lunch, water and gloves. Liability release forms will be required for all non-WWC participants. Contact Dave Ellum for release forms and more information.
Sunday April 7th, Kittredge Theater @ 4:00pm
Warren Wilson College 125th Anniversary
Power of Place
Harwood-Cole Memorial Literary Lecture

"A Lot about a Little or a Little about a Lot: the Evolution of a Right-brained Ecologist"

Dr. J. Drew Lanham is Clemson University Master Teacher and Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation and author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature .
Support The Conservation Exchange
Your generous gift will go towards helping us maintain and improve the recreational and educational infrastructure of our land and will support continued outreach opportunities for the Warren Wilson College Conservation Community. To give, go to the link below, choose " Other" and designate " Conservation Exchange" on the form. Thank you for being part of our Conservation Community!