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Introducing the Flying Squirrel Outdoor Challenge!

The Flying Squirrel Outdoor Challenge is Conserving Carolina’s newest outdoor challenge, starting in January 2021 and springboarding off the success of our previous White Squirrel Hiking Challenge 5. We invite people of all abilities in this challenge to explore eight places that Conserving Carolina has helped protect or open to the public. It’s not all about long hikes like past challenges. This time, participants can choose to go for a walk, have a picnic, ride a bike, paddle a river, or take the kids to a playground.


This is a great way to get outdoors, get exercise and clear your mind, as well as explore the land and places that Conserving Carolina has helped protect. It’s a perfect family activity and provides great motivation to get out of the house this winter and beyond.

“The outdoors is for everyone. We want to make sure that we are providing opportunities for people of all kinds to get out and explore some of the lands we’ve protected, either in their backyards or across the region. There are so many beautiful, conserved places to explore,” said Ericka Berg, Community Engagement Manager at Conserving Carolina.

The challenge includes eight places that are accessible to people with disabilities, so Flying Squirrel is open to people of all abilities. Destinations include greenways, stunning overlooks, parks, waterfalls, forest bathing walks, and more!

To complete the Flying Squirrel Outdoor Challenge, participants need to pick any 8 outdoor destinations from the list below.

  • Sassafras Mountain
  • The Park at Flat Rock
  • Connestee Falls
  • The French Broad River
  • Cane Creek Greenway
  • Vaughn Creek Greenway
  • Hooker Falls
  • Oklawaha Greenway
  • Carolina Memorial Sanctuary
  • Brevard Bike Path
  • Bearwallow Mountain
  • Any Outdoor Volunteer Day
  • Any Forest Bathing Walk

The Flying Squirrel Outdoor Challenge is made possible through a sponsorship by DD Bullwinkel’s, Brevard’s premier outdoor retailer.

“We are so excited to support Conserving Carolina’s new Flying Squirrel Outdoor Challenge. The Challenge will offer a fun way to get outside that is accessible to all kinds of people. Making the outdoors available to everyone is an important value of DD Bullwinkel’s,” said owner Dee Dee Perkins.

To take the challenge, go to conservingcarolina.org/flying-squirrel-challenge/

Conserving Carolina is a local land trust that has protected over 45,000 acres, primarily in Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, and Rutherford Counties in N.C. and the Landrum, S.C. area. The mission of Conserving Carolina is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of nature. Learn more and become a member at conservingcarolina.org.


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