The upcoming First Annual DuPont Forest Festival is an exciting new concept for Friends of DuPont Forest.  The original idea – having a series of parallel learning activities all over the Forest – was actually suggested by Beth Cardin of Historic Hendersonville.  But the idea quickly caught the imagination of many local Friends and Forest lovers. We have a very dynamic group of nine event team planners – many of whom are volunteering with Friends of DuPont  for the very first time.

We were really pleased to see more than 35  activity proposals o submitted by members and friends. After much work and planning, more than 90% of these ideas have been translated into a full schedule of activities for people of all ages.  All in all, we have 43 events (most of them are offered more than once throughout the day). of in 8  locations.  Myself, I suggested the Nature Photography workshop, and am looking forward to help out with Andy Lukacs as he guides two groups of folks to photogenic locations for nature photography tips and suggestions.

If you are a member of Friends of DuPont, I encourage you to email Ericka Berg at eberg465@gmail.com to sign up to be a volunteer to help make the day a large success. Ericka is a new Friends of DuPont member and has volunteered to manage our volunteers.   We are really hoping to see Forest Festival develop into our signature annual event, much like the successful former Tour de Falls.  Whether you show up as a to volunteer or participate, make sure that you put September 22 on your calendar.

Speaking of volunteers, Friends of DuPont is seeking volunteers with several other projects as well.

Newsletter Editor – Friends of DuPont produces four newsletters a year and we are looking for a volunteer editor to help recruit articles and manage the design process.

Litter Pick-Up Co-Leader – Help keep DuPont beautiful and assist in the planning and logistics on Litter Pick Up Days.

Fundraising Committee –We are looking for creative event planners to help plan small fundraising events.

Please contact Sara Landry, executive director, to volunteer – saralandry@dupontforest.com or 828.713.2368.

Do you have a suggestion for how Friends of DuPont Forest can do a better job?  For a new activity or suggestion? Email me at president@dupontforest.com . I would like to hear from you.