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MONTREAT, NORTH CAROLINA

Mountain Wildflowers and Forest Ecology: An Appalachian Spring

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Program #8999RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

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Peter Loewer

Peter Loewer is an artist, gardener, writer and illustrator living on the shores of Lake Kenilworth in Asheville, N.C. He holds a bachelor’s in graphic arts and art history and won the 1958 Max Beckmann Fellowship to the Brooklyn Museum. Peter gardens in what he calls a “failing effort to escape the real world and its problems.” He writes and illustrates gardening books and, with the help of his wife Jean, children’s books. His latest is “Loves Me Loves Me Not,” about the language of flowers.

Joe Standaert

Joe Standaert is a wilderness guide and biologist. He holds a bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Rutgers and a master’s in ecology from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Now retired from a career in data processing, Joe is pursuing his passions of botany, wildflower identification, and photography as well as leading Road Scholar programs. He is a member of many outdoor organizations including the Montreat Trail Club and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

Tom Ross

Tom Ross is a meteorologist and program manager with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Database Program, a project that works to make major climate and environmental databases available via the internet. Over the last 25 years, he has also served in various tasks at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Tom also owns High Country Nursery and specializes in growing Japanese maples, bonsai and other unusual landscape trees.

Brian Joyce

Dr. Brian Joyce is a professor at Montreat College and teaches ecology, plant physiology and biostatistics. He received a Ph.D. from Penn State University, and his doctoral research involved quantifying the physiological response of forest trees to environmental stress. His research interests include restoration of the American chestnut, restoration of southern Appalachian brook trout and determining the current status of the eastern cougar. He enjoys fly fishing, photography and wood working.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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