The following Adult Education classes are listed below by discipline. Please click on a class title to register.

Studies in Horticulture & Landscape Design | Studies in the Mindful Arts | Studies in Natural History, Ecology & Culture

 

Studies in Horticulture & Landscape Design

Winter Plants of Interest | Wednesday, January 22, 1 – 4 p.m.

Winter Gardening Projects | Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NEW The Winter Garden that Doesn’t Sleep | Saturday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Growing and Using Culinary Herbs | Tuesday, February 4, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Residential Landscape Design | Four weeks: Wednesdays, February 5 – 26, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

NEW Plant Parenting for Houseplants | Saturday, February 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Principles of Ecological Gardening | Three weeks: Tuesdays, February 11 – 25, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

Gardening for Joy | Thursday, February 13, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Bonsai Tree & Landscape Appreciation: Curator’s Talk | Thursday, February 13, 4 – 6 p.m.

Build a Rustic Wren House | Friday, February 14, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Build Your Own Bluebird Box | Wednesday, February 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

NEW Creating a Multi-Use Native Plant Garden | Saturday, February 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Gardening for the Birds | Thursday, March 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 

NEW Tapping into the Creative Side of Gardening | Friday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

NEW Radical Redesign: Bonsai Curator’s Talk & Styling Demonstration | Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

NEW Gardening with Grains | Tuesday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

NEW Introduction to Permaculture | Tuesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 19, 1 – 4 p.m. 

NEW Seasonal Landscape Planning | Two weeks: Wednesdays, March 18 – March 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Weather for Gardeners | Two weeks: Thursdays, March 19 – 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Pruning Woody Plants in the Home Landscape | Tuesday, March 24, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Pets and Plants | Thursday, March 26, 1 – 3 p.m. 

NEW The Power of Plants: How Gardening Captures History | Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Spring Gardening Projects | Tuesday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Soil Health Check Up | Wednesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

NEW Gardening Round Table | Tuesday, April 14, 2 – 4 p.m. 

NEW Landscape Architecture: Process to Practice | Thursday, April 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

NEW Sketching and Lettering for Landscape Planning | Friday, April 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Beginning Bonsai A | Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Beginning Bonsai B | Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

NEW Creating a Naturalistic Landscape | Wednesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

NEW Native Edible Plants: A Historical Look at Landscape Design | Thursday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Methods of Ecological Gardening | Friday, April 24, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

NEW All About Willows | Building a Living Willow Structure | Sunday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Spring Plants of Interest | Wednesday, April 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Studies in the Mindful Arts

Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra A | Sunday, January 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

Unwind & Renew: A Mind-Body Wellness Retreat | Friday, January 24, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NEW Making a Coptic Stitch Journal | Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW BioForest Immersion A | Sunday, January 26, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Lightroom | Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

NEW Poets of the Blue Ridge: Reading Deeper | Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW Introduction to Felting | Friday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW Herbal Self Care | Sunday, February 9, 1 – 3 p.m.

NEW The Enveloping Landscape: Contemplative Photography in Practice | Friday, February 14, 4 – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW Clear Mind, Relaxed Body: Meditation and Your Health | Six weeks: Wednesdays, February 19 – March 25, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra B | Sunday, February 23, 2 – 4 p.m.

NEW Natural Impressions: Designing, Carving and Using Rubber Stamps | Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW BioForest Immersion B | Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

NEW Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop | Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Introduction to Paper Marbling | Friday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NEW Intermediate Paper Marbling | Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Botanical Illustration | Four weeks: Wednesdays, March 18 – April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NEW Lettering with Flowery Flourishes | Thursday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NEW Words that Serve: Writing for Self-Awareness and Mindfulness | Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Exploring Watercolor A | Saturday, March 21, 1 – 4 p.m.

Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra C | Sunday, March 22, 2 – 4 p.m.

Silk Reeling: Spiraling Energy of Tai Chi | Eight weeks: Tuesdays, March 24 – May 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

NEW Teas of China: Class and Tasting | Sunday, March 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

NEW BioForest Immersion C | Sunday, March 29, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Exploring Watercolor B | Thursday, April 9, 1 – 4 p.m.

NEW Slow & Steady Wildflower Walk | Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Watercolors: The Tools We Use | Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW Crafting the Casebound Journal | Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra D | Sunday, April 19, 2 – 4 p.m.

Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting | Six weeks: Tuesdays, April 21 – May 26, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

NEW Nature, Art, and Community: Responding to Our Changing World | Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NEW BioForest Immersion D | Sunday, April 26, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Studies in Natural History, Ecology & Culture

Embracing the Dark: Light Pollution and Health | Friday, January 24, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Understanding Lichens A | Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Treasures of the Winter Night Sky | Wednesday, January 29, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Sparrow Identification Workshop | Thursday, January 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Duck Day: A Field Trip | Friday, January 31, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Screech Owl Meet & Greet | Build a Screech Owl House | Friday, January 31, 1 – 4 p.m.

Natural History Interpretation | Four weeks: Thursdays, February 6 – March 5, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Winter Tree Identification A | Saturday, February 8, 1 – 4 p.m. 

NEW Survival by Degrees: Birds and Climate Change | Tuesday, February 11, 4 – 6 p.m.

NEW Qualitative Research Basics: Collecting Stories and Oral Histories | Friday, February 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Intro to iNaturalist and Smartphone Ecology | Saturday, February 15; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Winter Tree Identification B | Saturday, February 15, 1 – 4 p.m.

Meteorology of the Blue Ridge | Five weeks: Tuesdays, February 18 – March 17, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Wonder of Birds | Tuesday, February 18, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Vertebrate Zoology of the Blue Ridge | Six weeks: Fridays, February 21 – March 27, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cougars and Coyotes: Mystery Mammals of the Mountains | Saturday, February 22, 1 – 4 p.m.

NEW Celtic Legacies: Ballads of Appalachian Culture | Friday, February 28, 4 – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday, February 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NEW Indomitable Women of Western North Carolina | Five weeks: Tuesdays, March 3 – 31, 4 – 6 p.m. 

NEW Breakfast & Birding A | Friday, March 6, 8 – 10 a.m.

Understanding Lichens B | Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

NEW Meeting Horace Kephart, the Man with the Knapsack | Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Geology of the Blue Ridge | Five weeks: Tuesdays, March 17 – April 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

What’s Up With Woodpeckers | Thursday, March 19, 1 – 4 p.m.

All About Corvids | Friday, March 20, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Spring Migration of Birds | Wednesday, March 25, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Nocturnal Birds of the Blue Ridge | Friday, March 27, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., and Friday, April 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

NEW Breakfast & Birding B | Friday, April 3, 8 – 10 a.m.

Spring Flora Identification A | Tuesdays, April 7 – May 19, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

NEW Reading Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders: The Search for Something Hidden | Four weeks: Tuesdays, April 7 – 28, 6 – 8 p.m.

Spring Flora Identification B | Wednesdays, April 8 – May 20, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Spring Warblers | Wednesday, April 8, 1 – 4 p.m.

NEW Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification | Wednesday, April 8, 6 – 8 p.m.

Bird Songs of the Spring Woodlands | Thursday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NEW The American Beaver: An Amazing Keystone Species | Thursday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Treasures of the Spring Night Sky | Wednesday, April 15, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

NEW Spring in Sandy Mush: A Field Trip | Friday, April 17, 8 – 11:15 a.m.

Spring Tree Identification A | Friday, April 17, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Botany Basics | Eight sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 21 – May 14, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

NEW Endangered: Understanding the Biology and Conservation of Imperiled Species | Four weeks: Wednesdays, April 22 – May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

NEW The Lure and Lore of the Night Sky | Two weeks: Wednesdays, April 22 – 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

Ecology of the Blue Ridge | Five weeks: Thursdays, April 23 – May 21, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Spring Tree Identification B | Thursday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.