Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear is turning 77 and the Cradle of Forestry will be throwing him a birthday party on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festivities will take place along the Forest Festival Trail and amphitheater.

The Cradle of Forestry is a heritage site made up of 6,500 acres located near Asheville within Pisgah National Forest on Hwy. 276 North, four miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Mile Marker 412.

Cradle of Forestry was created by Congress in 1968 to “preserve, develop and make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America.”

Families will enjoy party stations along the Cradle’s 1.3-mile paved loop trail. Inside the amphitheater, there will be opportunities to learn and sing silly songs and enjoy a reading of the “True Story of Smokey Bear.” Other planned events include a raffle and a chance to meet the birthday bear himself.

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Children 4 to 7 years old learn about nature and the importance of protecting it. Each program is an hour and a half long and begins with the reading of a forest-themed story. The event continues with themed activities, games and a craft-making session.

Programs meet Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Programs cost $5 per child; accompanying adults are $3. Pre-Registration and payment is required. All programs meet at the outdoor amphitheater and take place on and around the paved trails.

Register at

The Cradle of Forestry is open Wednesdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 828-877-3130 or email for questions regarding reservations for next year, leave a voicemail at 828-877-3130, or email

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