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H. H. Brimley, founding director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Image from the State Archives.

When the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, activists sought to harness the increased consciousness Americans had about the environment and the counterculture movement then sweeping the nation to motivate people to speak out and act on environmental issues.

In celebration of the watershed moment 46 years ago, here are the stories of eight North Carolina conservation leaders and the places they sought to protect:

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Baum at Jockey’s Ridge. Image from Friends of Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Carolista Baum. After her children saw a bulldozer flatten out part of Jockey’s Ridge on a quiet morning in August 1973, Baum went to investigate and discovered that the dune was slated for destruction to make way for a residential development. Baum planted herself in the way of the earth moving equipment, halting construction.

She went on to help found the People to Preserve Jockey’s Ridge, which led to the creation of a state park in 1975.

 

Plan Your Visit to Baum’s Legacy, Jockey’s Ridge State Park →

 

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“Big Hugh” Bennett. Image from the N.C. Museum of History.

“Big Hugh” Bennett. Now know as the “father of soil conservation,” Hugh Hammond Bennett grew up in the drainage basin of the Pee Dee River in Anson County and became aware of the woeful effects of soil erosion at an early age.

He is widely credited with selling the benefits of soil conservation to a skeptical public and spreading the message of the importance of topsoil preservation among farmers. Bennett served with the federal Soil Conservation Service for 50 years.

Learn More About Bennett’s Life on NCpedia →

 

H. H. Brimley. After emigrating to North Carolina from England, Brimley and his brother opened a taxidermy shop in Raleigh. They quickly gained reputations as two of the South’s leading naturalists.

After Brimley created an exhibit on waterfowl and fishes for the State Exposition of 1884, the state Department of Agriculture found the exhibit too valuable to discard. The department found a more permanent place in its halls for the exhibit and, in time, found a more permanent place for Brimley, too, as the exhibit’s curator and director of the museum it began, now the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

 

Explore the Museum Brimley Helped Create →

 

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Kephart camping in the Smokies. Image from his book.

Horace Kephart. A former librarian from Pennsylvania, Kephart came to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina in 1904 seeking solace. He would spent the rest of his life living outside of Bryson City, writing about the environment and outdoor life. By 1913, he had published three books on self-reliant living and the natural world.

An early advocate of the mountain region, Kephart tirelessly promoted the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His book Our Southern Highlanders, published in 1913, is the classic work on the region.

 

Read More About Kephart on NCpedia →

 

Hugh Morton. Perhaps best-known as the developer of Grandfather Mountain, which he inherited in 1952, Morton was also instrumental in saving some of the state’s historic treasures including the Battleship North Carolina and Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

Morton gained notoriety for his fight to keep the Blue Ridge Parkway from crossing Grandfather Mountain and spoiling its aesthetic appeal, and took close to a quarter-million photographs which helped promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty.

 

Plan Your Trip to Morton’s Grandfather Mountain →

 

Margaret Nygard. After the city of Durham announced plans to build a reservoir on the Eno River to increase the area’s water supply, Nygard and her husband ignited a grassroots campaign to fight to preserve the unique history and environment of the Eno and advocate for the creation of a state park along it.

 

Discover the Magic of the Eno at Eno River State Park →

 

T. Gilbert Pearson. Originally from Illinois, Pearson settled in North Carolina after studying biology and botany at Guilford College and UNC. He had a strong interest in birds and assembled one of the largest collections of bird eggs in nation at the time.

After writing his first book, Stories of Bird Life, Gilbert became active in policy work, founding the Abudon Society of North Carolina and advocating for state and national legislation protecting birds and their habitats. He founded the International Committee for Bird Preservation in 1922 and served as its first president for more than a decade.

 

Dive Deeper into Pearson’s Story on NCpedia →

 

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Carl Schenck. Image from NCSU Libraries.

Carl Schenck. A German by birth, Schenck came to North Carolina to manage the woodlands on Biltmore Estate for the Vanderbilt family. He started the nation’s first school of forestry on the Biltmore grounds in 1898, teaching students about the care of nurseries; the transplant and cultivation of seedlings; timber selection; felling; logging; and sawing, and using Biltmore’s tens of thousands of acres of forest as a classroom.

 

Read More About Schenck on NCpedia →

 

This Earth Day weekend we hope you get in touch with North Carolina’s scenic beauty and natural splendor at the state park, aquarium or science museum near you or at the North Carolina Zoo.

You can also learn more about the conservation movement in North Carolina on NCpedia and find a guide to resources related to North Carolina’s environmental heritage produced by the State Library.

Happy exploring!

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A look at the lifesaving service in Beaufort, Beethoven’s Ninth for kids in Raleigh and discussions of a Thomas Wolfe short story in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Discover the storied history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service in North Carolina Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

2. Join the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh for a lively performance by funk, soul and jazz musician Kim Arrington Sunday.

 

 

 

 

4. Enjoy a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony adapted for kids and families by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

5. Explore facts about the majestic black bear Saturday at South Mountains State Park in Connelly Springs.

 

 

6. Help the New Hope Audubon Society count the number of bald eagles at Jordan Lake in Apex Sunday.

 

 

7. Take your kids to Lake James State Park in Nebo Sunday to explore leaves up close with ranger.

 

 

8. Hear about how mammals are reacting in an era of extreme environmental change Thursday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Learn the basics of using maps and a compass for navigation Sunday at Pilot Mountain State Park in Pinnacle.

 

 

10. Create a cool three-color illusion piece with Perler beads inspired by M. C. Escher Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.

 

 

3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.

 

 

4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.

 

 

14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.

 

 

15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.

 

 

16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A festive holiday kickoff in New Bern, holiday pops concerts in Raleigh and the chance to opt to go outside Black Friday at parks across the state are just a few of the fun experiences to be had this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 8 things you should try this weekend:

1. Join REI and #OptOutside this Black Friday by visiting one of North Carolina’s state parksor recreational areas. A guided hike of the Nuwati Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk is just one the great programs you’ll find.

 

 

2. Ring in the holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern with special tours, music and movies throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Start your Thanksgiving out right with a Thursday morning hike at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.

 

 

4. Jam out to bluegrass, gospel and old time music at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort on Sunday.

 

 

5. Enjoy classic holiday tunes as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

6. Travel to the North Pole with a ride on the Polar Express, leaving from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Friday through Sunday.

 

7. Jump start your genealogy project. Thanksgiving is great time to start, and the State Library’s RootsMOOC has tips to help you get your research off the ground.

 

 

8. Escape the cold and explore one of the special exhibits now on view at our Raleigh museums. North Carolina’s Favorite Son at the N.C. Museum of History, The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art and Extreme Mammals at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences are all getting rave reviews.

 

Note that most historic sites are closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, and all of our museums are closed Thursday. State parks are open every day this week. Call ahead and before you visit as hours may vary.

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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Rides on the Polar Express in Spencer, a sunset yoga session in Spring Lake and a celebration of American Indian culture in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate North Carolina’s Native American heritage with music, dance, storytelling, hands-on activities and food Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Meet the archaeologists and conservators working to preserve artifacts from Blackbeard’s flagship during tours of the lab where they do their work Saturday inGreenville.

 

 

3. Kick off your holiday season with a ride on the Polar Express at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer. Trains depart Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Marvel at Occoneechee Mountain’s natural wonders during a hike through the park with a geologist Saturday in Hillsborough.

 

 

5. Find out how animals survive the colder temperatures winter brings Saturday at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

6. Discover North Carolina’s rich tradition of blues music with a lecture and concert Thursday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

7. Explore the N.C. Museum of Art’s galleries with the soothing sounds of the North Carolina Harp Ensemble in the background Sunday in Raleigh.

 

 

8. Enjoy performances of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Symphony by the N.C. Symphony throughout the weekend in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

 

 

9. Unwind with sunset yoga on the front lawn of the Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek State Park Sunday in Spring Lake.

 

 

10. Watch some of the best films from the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Friday and Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A family festival all about paleontology in Raleigh, a military timeline in Statesville and a look at the Nazi POWs in North Carolina in New Bern are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 12 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Experience PaleoPalooza, the nation’s largest event dedicated to paleontology, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Watch and discuss the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.

 

 

3. Meet interpreters portraying soldiers from throughout North Carolina’s storied military history Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

4. Get your groove on with jazz musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday as they perform parts of songs they recorded with James Brown.

 

 

5. Learn about the more than 10,000 German prisoners of war who were interned in North Carolina during World War II during a lively lecture and presentation at Tryon Palace in New Bern on Sunday.

 

 

6. Express your creativity and make art with artists featured in the Point and Counterpoint exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars with educators from the Morehead Planetarium on Saturday at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert of popular pieces of light classical music performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh or Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

9. Honor the freedom seekers who traveled along the Underground Railroad with food, music, art and historic interpretation Saturday in Halifax.

 

 

10. Explore The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh during special interactive tours for families Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

11. Hike through the fall foliage and learn about the science behind this natural phenomenon Saturday at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake Forest.

 

 

12. Learn how to care for your family’s precious objects Friday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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An old fashioned day in Albemarle, concerts of the music of Harry Potter in New Bern and Raleigh and celebrations of Halloween across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Celebrate Halloween at one of our museums.

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh will offer activities exploring science’s spookier side Thursday, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will present a Halloween movie and crafts Saturday. Fayetteville‘s Museum of the Cape Fear will have trick or treating at the 1897 Poe House, also on Saturday.

 

 

2. Hear a spooky 40s-style radio show at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and Saturday.

 

 

3. See historic demonstrations and exhibits, make a craft and enjoy live music at Morrow Mountain State Park’s Old Fashioned Day Sunday in Albemarle.

 

 

4. Join Jones Lake State Park in Elizabethtown Saturday for costume contests, hayrides, games, hikes with rangers and animal exhibits as part of its annual Fall Festival.

 

 

5. Explore the intricacies of the Battle of Wyse Fork during a lecture and book signing Saturday the CSS Neuse Civil War Center in Kinston.

 

 

6. Take your Jack-O-Lanterns to Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Sunday to see them launched in trebuchet built by local boy scouts.

 

 

7. Try and strike it rich at Reed Gold Mine in Midland before panning for gold closes for the season Saturday.

 

 

8. Experience a Halloween at Hogwarts with performances of the music of Harry Potter by the N.C. Symphony, presentations by an illusionist and face painting in Raleigh and New Bern throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Trick or treat under the sea and enjoy a whole host of other Halloween-related activities throughout the week at the N.C. Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher.

 

 

10. Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester when it goes on view Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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