AE21 BRN Round Table

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Friday February 26

5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM


Blue Ridge Naturalist Round-Table Discussion

ONLINE* Friday, February 26; 5 to 6 p.m.

Free | Suggested donation $15

BRN Elective credit (1 hr)



Join us for the first of our new BRN Round Table Talks!


Professor Steve Yurkovich, who teaches Geology of the Blue Ridge, invites Birding Experts Simon Thompson and Kevin Burke to cross disciplines and consider where geology & bird migration intersect. 


Current students, BRN graduates, BRNN members, and anyone interested in the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit Program are encouraged to attend the first of these free quarterly conversations hosted by BRN faculty. 


Steve’s Recommended Reading for the Round Table and as an addition to your naturalist library:

From Wild America by Roger Tory Peterson and James Fisher

Chapter 6 “Down the Blue Ridge” and Chapter 7 “On Top of Old Smoky”

Click here for a link to the folder containing scanned chapters.



We hope you’ll sign on for this chance to check in with each other, learn about trails yet to be blazed, and get program updates and a preview on upcoming spring courses!


*Zoom link will be sent on Thursday, February 25. This is a live, interactive class, though recordings of class sessions can be made available to registered participants by request if they are not able to attend at the scheduled time. (Providing we remember to hit Record.)


For information on the Blue Ridge Naturalist Program here on the Arboretum website:

Start a quest to deepen your knowledge of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Join a community of adult learners who are dedicated to understanding the natural sciences, ecology and culture of the Southern Appalachian region through the Blue Ridge Naturalist (BRN) Certificate of Merit program. Learn about this unique program in a round table discussion with Arboretum staff, faculty and current certificate students. Core courses include ecology, botany, geology and plant identification with electives offered on animals, lichens, insects and more. All students complete a final project prior to graduation. Projects often take the form of service learning, empowering students to tackle needs in their own communities. Find out more about how the Arboretum can help you understand your place in the natural world and what you can do to preserve, protect and care for our common home.



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Additional donations are always welcome and appreciated. Proceeds go to support educational programming at the North Carolina Arboretum and toward instructor honoraria.