Going to Purchase Knob in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and viewing lichen and Tardegrades in the microscope was the experience that stood out for me. Purchase Knob is a treasure on top of the world.
For my community partnership project, I created a teaching tool for use at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. The teaching tool is called: A GPS Guide to a selection of Southern Appalachian Native Trees that live at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. The booklet contains a list of 32 native trees of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. All 32 species live at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville and are members of 12 different families of trees. This booklet was written as a guide to challenge the reader to find all the trees listed; and then, to get to know the trees by observing them. The reader is encouraged to visit the trees in all four seasons as a way to really become familiar with each species.