North Carolina Botanical Garden


Nature Walk: Saxapahaw Island Park and the Haw River

with Carol Ann McCormick, Curator, UNC Herbarium; Mark Peifer, Professor of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Free; preregistration required


Come explore one of the newest segments of the Haw River Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Alamance County. We will start our adventure with a half-hour private tour of the Saxapahaw Museum to learn about the history and evolution of the textile mill at Saxapahaw. Then, we'll head out onto the Haw River Trail and walk downstream for several miles. Along the way, we will see a fish weir, large Hackberry trees, and the rocky Haw River. We will return to Saxapahaw by about 4 p.m.


Wear comfortable walking shoes. Children are welcome, but please leave pets at home.   


Registration open through 10/25/2019 11:00 AM EST

About the Instructor

Carol Ann McCormick is the Curator of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium, a department within the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  She curates the research collection of nearly 1 million specimens of fungi, lichens, mosses, algae, vascular plants and botanical fossils from around the world.  Carol Ann earned her B.A. in Biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  She has worked at the North Carolina Botanical Garden since 1991, and has been a member of the Herbarium staff since 2000.

Mark Peifer is a Professor in the Biology Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is a cell biologist.  "Outside the lab, I live in the woods near Saxapahaw with my spouse and two daughters, and am obsessed with native wildflowers and with reducing global inequities in education and health care.  Ask me about my trips to Haiti, or about that mystery flag which is flying outside my office."


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Haw River in Saxapahaw

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