Free Programs Offered at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in March

Mar 07, 2017

BREVARD — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is offering free outdoor-related workshops for all ages and skill levels in March.

The workshops are open on first-come, first-serve basis and registration is required by registering online .

In addition to the public programs listed below, the Commission offers group programs for 10 or more people who call to schedule a program. Groups can schedule the date, time and topic of the program. For more information on group programs or the public programs listed above, call 828-877-4423.

March 7 - Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to ages 12 and up. Learn the basics of fly fishing, such as equipment, knots, casting and aquatic entomology. All equipment and materials will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch and non-slip shoes or waders.

March 9 - On the Water: Little River from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants can practice their fly-fishing skills on Little River in DuPont State Recreational Forest under the supervision of experienced fly-fishing instructors. Participants will learn about delayed-harvest trout regulations, wading, reading the water, fly selection, presentation, casting, knots and stream entomology. Equipment and materials will be provided. Participants will meet at the Hooker Falls Parking Area.

March 10 and March 20 - Nature Nuts: Canids from 9 to 11 a.m. Open to ages 4-7. Canids are more than just pet dogs. This group includes wolves, coyotes and foxes. Come learn about teeth, paws, claws and other characteristics that distinguish this group.

March 10 and March 20 - Eco-Explorer: Tracking from 1 to 3 p.m. Open to ages 8-13. What made those tracks? What is scat? What bird left that feather? Learn the answers to these questions and more as participants explore the exciting world of animal tracking.

March 13 - Fly Tying for the Beginner from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to ages 12 and up. Learn the basics of fly tying during this introductory level class. Participants will work at their own pace to tie a basic pattern. Equipment and materials will be provided.

March 14 - Advanced Fly Tying: Dry Flies from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants 12 and older. Participants will take their fly-tying skills to the next level as they learn to tie common dry flies that will help them catch more fish in area streams. They will learn what material to use, how to create a variety of patterns using similar techniques and create a few patterns for their fly box. All materials are provided.

March 15 and 15 - Hunter Education Course from 6 to 9 p.m. No minimum age. This two-day course will cover hunter responsibility and firearms and is accepted in every state in the United States. Attendees must be present both days to earn certification.

March 17 - Identifying Woodpeckers from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants ages 10 and up. No younger siblings are allowed because silence and patience are imperative when birding by ear. Woodpeckers are some of the most interesting and beautiful birds in the Southern Appalachians. Learn how to identify them through sight and sound while searching the woods. Participants will spend an hour in the classroom honing their skills, followed by a light bird hike.

March 12 - Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to ages 12 and up. Learn the basics of fly fishing, such as equipment, knots, casting and aquatic entomology. All equipment and materials will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch and non-slip shoes or waders.

March 22 - Backyard Birding by Ear: For Beginners from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to participants ages 10 and up who enjoy listening to birds in the morning. Learn how to identify common backyard birds by their calls and songs. Participants will start in the classroom with some listening quizzes and then move outside to put their listening skills to the test. Participants should come prepared for light hiking.

March 23 - Casting for Beginners: Level 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to ages 12 and up. This is a perfect introductory workshop for beginners. Participants will learn various casting techniques at their own pace from experienced instructors. This class will be held at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Recreational Forest. All equipment and materials will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch.

March 27 - Kids' Introduction to Fly Fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to participants 8 to 15. Learn the basics of fly fishing from equipment to knots to casting. Participants will spend a couple of hours fishing on the Davidson River. All equipment and materials will be provided. Participants should bring a lunch.

March 28 - Reading the Water from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to participants 12 and up. This class will enhance participants' fly fishing experience by improving their understanding and approach to catching trout. Topics include where to stand in the water, when to mend a line, when to pick up a line, what is water hydrology and much more.

For more information on March workshops, call 828-877-4423, or sign up online<http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx>. In addition to the public programs listed above, the Commission offers group programs for 10 or more people who call to schedule a program. Groups can schedule the date, time and topic of the program. For more information on group programs or the public programs listed above, call 828-877-4423.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education<http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah.aspx> is located near Brevard, just south of Asheville, by the Davidson River in Transylvania County. The center features nature trails and five large aquariums representing aquatic mountain habitats. The center is adjacent to the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. The center is open Monday through Friday from December through March and Monday through Saturday from April through November. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For more information on the Wildlife Commission's four wildlife education centers and other activities and events, visit www.ncwildlife.org/learning.