Hickory – Hickory Public library announces it’s Explore The Outdoors programs coming up in the month of September.

Hickory Hikers (Registration Required)
Saturday | September 9 | 9am
September’s adventure is in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. Hickory Hikers is open to all ages and experience levels but children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Transportation to Linville Gorge will be provided from Highland Recreation Center but you must register with Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism. Space is limited.

Explore the Outdoors: Trail & Hiking First Aid (Registration Required)
Tuesday | September 12 | 6pm
Hiking season is approaching, so come learn about trail safety. This class will cover topics like tick bites, hypothermia, and dehydration. Eileen Conway is an experienced hiker and holds a Wilderness First Aid certification from SOLO. This is the second class in a three-part series

Explore the Outdoors: Intro to Rock Climbing (Registration Required)
Tuesday | September 19 | 6pm
Learn the basics of indoor and outdoor climbing, the gear you’ll need, rock climbing lingo, and where to climb locally. Eileen Conway is an experienced climber and worked as an American Mountain Guides Association certified single pitch instructor. This is the final class in a three-part series.

Wild Bird Walk & Talk (Registration Required)
Saturday | September 16 | 9am
Meet at Glenn Hilton Park Shelter #1 where Wild Birds Unlimited will teach about bird identification and bird feeding. Bring your binoculars for a walk through the park to see what birds you can identify. Register with Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism.

Native Perennials & Fall Planting Talk + Plant Swap (Registration Required)
Saturday | Sept. 16 | 11am-12pm
NC Cooperative Extension Agent April Vigardt will lead an informative session on native perennials and fall planting. To participate in the plant swap, bring healthy, pest-free plants, starts, and/or seeds to share.

To register for any of these programs, please go to https://www.hickorync.gov/library or call (828) 304-0500.