The Blue Ridge Naturalist offers classes, field studies, and workshops designed to provide residents of western North Carolina with an opportunity to learn more about the natural world and cultural heritage of the mountains. This intergenerational educational program was developed and is coordinated by the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Blue Ridge Naturalist class courses are based upon current research and literature and taught by experts in each field of study. Participants may choose to take all classes and fieldwork necessary to receive a certificate of completion or elect individual courses that meet their particular area of interest. Classes include botany, vertebrate zoology, geology/meteorology, ecology, various field studies, and how to convey this knowledge to others. Field studies cover such topics as wildflowers and trees, birds and butterflies, forest habitats, rocks and minerals, reptiles and water systems of North Carolina Mountain property.

NC Mountains Cabins

NC Mountain Cabins appeals are part of the homespun tradition of the North Carolina Mountain lifestyle. Western NC Cabins are a beautiful place to raise a family or retire.

Traditional mountain smooth square dancing is the oldest dance of the North Carolina Mountains. Seniors groups dedicated to keeping this dance alive perform at Festivals in Western North Carolina including-Shindig-on-the-Green, Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Smoky Mountain Festival, Hendersonville Street Dance, Waynesville Street Dance, Biltmore Estate Harvest Festival, NC Mountain State Fair, NC State Fair, and Sourwood Festival. Other song and dance groups of the NCCCR perform tap and soft shoe dancing as well as musical performances of classical, popular, show tunes and others as a creative outlet for seniors and great entertainment for all ages.

West Jefferson, NC has long been celebrated for its Arts Center, strong culinary traditions and the beauty of Mount Jefferson itself. This region is home to Ashe High Country Realty® where people come to settle in for a slower rhythm of life, complete with four-season charms and true Southern hospitality. Let us help you find an NC Mountain luxury cabin in the best place to retire in North Carolina.

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