AE22 Loving Where You Live: Past Lives of the Arboretum with Archaeologists Mary & Bob Noel

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Friday May 27

10:30 AM  –  12:00 PM

Loving Where You Live: Past Lives of the Arboretum

ONSITE Friday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Instructors: Mary & Bob Noel

$35 Adult Non-member

Limit: 12

BRN Certificate - Elective, Growing in Place & Special Topics | NCEE - Criteria II


“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants


Learn and grow in place – loving where you live. This new series begins this spring and continues through each coming season, with expertly-guided small-group walks that allow for mindful connection in the more than human world. With the help of the Arboretum's Blue Ridge Naturalist instructors, you’ll see with an eye to wonder and learn ways to actively preserve and protect our place in nature.



The land that makes up The North Carolina Arboretum has been home to different human groups over a span of more than 15,000 years. It has had many uses and been shaped by those who lived here. This walk, led by archaeologists Bob and Mary Noel, will give participants a chance to see and hear about past occupants of this land, and even a little history about how it became the state's Arboretum.


Bob and Mary Noel both had long careers as archaeologists with the US Forest Service. Bob worked mostly in North Carolina where he recorded thousands of sites on national forest lands here. Most of Mary’s archaeological work was in Idaho and Ohio. Both of them have been active in living history programs as well, most recently with the Heritage Alliance in Jonesborough, Tennessee. The Noels now have a consulting firm and still do archaeological survey projects. Mary can be found working at the Arboretum’s Baker Information desk several days a week, sharing her knowledge of local trails, gardens and history.




Participants are eligible for Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate of Merit Credits, Criteria II credits of NC OEE Environmental Education Certification, and school teachers can apply to receive CEU credit.







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