More than One Century

John Humphrey is 102 years old and his trees are about the same age. While that’s a long lifespan for a person, it’s still young for a tree. John, a conservation trailblazer, looks out at his forests and imagines the trees growing to be 500.

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The Kingdom of the Happy Land

Storyteller Ronnie Pepper keeps local history alive with his telling of the Kingdom of the Happy Land—a community of freedmen who settled near Tuxedo just after the Civil War.

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Conservation Burial Ground Protected

Would you want to go back to nature when you’re gone? Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River offers a place for people to return their loved ones to the earth, in harmony with nature.

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Nature Babies

How many ways can you play with a stick? You can break it in pieces, you can draw in the dirt with it, you can talk about it, you can share it with a friend. A baby on her belly with a stick in her hand could be making discoveries that light up her brain.

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Returning to the Earth

Caroline Yongue founded the first conservation burial ground in North Carolina. It started when her Buddhist teacher asked her to figure out how to take care of a dead body, without embalming, to be taken care of by family and friends.

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