Jennifer McGaha


Donated photo

For eighth-graders in one western North Carolina county, science class means getting your hands wet and mucking around in streams and creeks. It’s called Kids in the Creek, a hands-on water quality education program that works with middle schoolers. Read more

, Outdoors


Michael Meissner illustration

You close your eyes tightly and feel Looking Glass Rock hard and cold beneath your back and you are dizzy and intoxicated by the wildness of the forests below. You can smell winter approaching, the silence of snow filling the creek beds. Read more


Wilma Dykeman wrote the definitive history of the French Broad River in her 1955 book The French Broad. She often joked about the title because New York editors initially assumed it was a risqué tale about a foreign lady of questionable character. Read more