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Thu, Sep 12


Henderson School Greenhouse

Pre-Conference Field Trip: Roots and Rivers!

Starting at Henderson School Greenhouse, tour Happy Roots' longest running project area. Then venture over to the West End Community Garden. After lunch on your own, meet back up at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls for some afternoon water fun!

Pre-Conference Field Trip: Roots and Rivers!
Pre-Conference Field Trip: Roots and Rivers!

Time & Location

Sep 12, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Henderson School Greenhouse, 1215 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144, USA

About This Event

Please note: Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and lunch for this field trip. The field trip includes three locations. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. A portion of the registration fees will go to support each of these local non-profit organizations.

Visit Happy Roots (Salisbury, NC) 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about horticultural therapy and the mission of Rowan County based nonprofit organization, Happy Roots. Formed in 2017, Happy Roots mission is to provide nature-based therapeutic and educational services to enhance the wellness of the community and the environment, through school and community garden programs, horticultural therapy, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship. Happy Roots facilitates garden programs at more than twenty schools and manages a dozen other community garden projects. Take a tour of Happy Roots first and longest running projects Henderson School Greenhouse (1215 N. Main Street - Salisbury, NC 28144) and West End Community Garden (1110 Brenner Avenue - Salisbury, NC 28144). There will be FREE parking lots at both locations. Both locations are ADA accessible. Henderson has a single use restroom in the school building. West End has an ADA accessible portable restroom.

Lunch on your own

Visit RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls (Woodleaf, NC) 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Hike a short trail down to the South Yadkin River and RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls. A real tourist destination, the RiverPark is an 82-acre nature park in northwestern Rowan County that sits astride the South Yadkin River. Managed by an independent volunteer non-profit board of directors, RiverPark lies in Rowan County, Davie County, and the Town of Cooleemee.  Known by locals as "The Bullhole", the swimming hole earned its name some 200 years ago with a fascinating story behind it! Called "The Ultimate Swimmin' Hole" by Our State Magazine, RiverPark features an impressive stone dam built in the 1700s, a sandy beach deposited by a flood, walking trails, canoe/kayak portages, picnic shelters, grills, and safe access to the river for fishing and water activities. While there are other parks in Davie and Rowan Counties, there are none on the South Yadkin and none with falling water. Bring your bathing suit to swim and ride the little rapids - but you're urged to wear and old pair of tennis shoes or water shoes because the granite bedrock is know for it's slippery moss. Please note: Swim at your own risk as there is no lifeguard of duty. RiverPark charges gate fees to park and enter during high season, as gate fees make is possible for the organization to pay park staff and carry out regular maintenance, in addition to park improvements. However, fees will be waived for the EENC visitors. There are single use restroom facilities available.


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