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North Carolina
Native Plant Society
Southern Piedmont Chapter
In-Person plus Virtual Meeting
September 12, 2021  2:00pm-4:00pm

The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee
and How We Can Use Them Today

Mark Warren

  Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road  Charlotte NC 28215
Masks Required Indoors
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Southern Piedmont Chapter September Meeting
Southern Piedmont Chapter October Meeting
Fall Hikes for Members  October-November
Seed Collection for December Meeting
Resources for Designing and Planting Your Native Plant Garden
Volunteers Needed
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NCNPS Handouts
UNCC Native Plant Studies Classes
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 September 12, 2021
In-Person at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve or Virtual
Prefer to join us virtually? Click here to register.
The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We Can Use Them Today
Mark Warren, owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega, GA has been teaching nature and survival skills of the Cherokee to adults and children for more than 45 years. 

Mark believes today's society can — and should — learn some valuable lessons and skills from those native people who inhabited the southeastern part of the United States hundreds of years before European explorers ever landed on its shores. He will be discussing how some of the most common native plants and trees were used by the Cherokee for food, medicine, insect repellent, crafts, shelter and fire. Mark will bring along some plants and handmade crafts for viewing and discussion.

Quote from Mark, “All of us who live in North Carolina and the northern third of Georgia reside on land that once belonged to the Cherokee. While these native people led lives of intense daily interaction with their natural surroundings, most folks today have reduced nature to a backdrop of scenery. The great deficit in this scenario is our lack of understanding that we still depend upon nature. That dependency is largely hidden to us, especially to the new generations that come along to take over the 'rules' of how we behave with nature — air to breathe, water to drink, energy to consume for our daily actions. These are commodities that are easy to take for granted. If taken for granted, humans will have no reason to respect and conserve the pieces of the puzzle we call ecology."

Mark has packed 45+ years of teaching and knowledge about the Native Americans’ everyday life skills into a four-volume series of books titled Secrets of the Forest, which he wrote with three purposes in mind: "To provide clear instructions in primitive survival skills for anyone wanting to better his/her self-sufficiency in the wilderness . . . by learning the old Indian ways of living comfortably in the forest; to offer parents, teachers, Scout leaders and outdoor educators a guide to engage their students in nature . . . at a time when our young ones so desperately need this connection, as does nature itself; [and] to win over a new generation of environmental advocates who will look after this world. Mark’s Secrets of the Forest series will be available for purchase at this event.

Mark Warren owns and runs nationally renowned Medicine Bow Wilderness School in the Southern Appalachians of Dahlonega, GA where he teaches nature classes and primitive skills of the Cherokee. Mark travels and lectures around the country on primitive skills and Western frontier history.
In 1980, the National Wildlife Federation honored Mark as Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year. In 1998 he became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999, he won the World Championship Longbow title.

His published books include: 
* Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012) a memoir
* Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey (Two Dot August 2021), an historical novel trilogy that dissects the events and motivations of America’s most iconic lawman. Comprised of:
The Long Road to Legend
Born to the Badge - “2019 Spur Award Finalist”
A Law Unto Himself - (2019) an “Editor’s Choice” by the Historical Novel Society and winner of the 2020 Will Rogers Medallion Award (under the original title Promised Land)
* Secrets of the Forest (Lyons Press, 2020) a 4-volume series on nature and primitive skills
*Indigo Heaven (Five Star – Gale Cengage, July 2021)
*Librarians of the West: A Quartet (Five Star – Cengage September 2021)
*Song of the Horseman (SV Original Publication, 2021)
*Last of the Pistoleers (SV Original Publication, 2021)
Find out more about Mark Warren on his website at
Prescribed Fire in an Urban Setting
Clint Brooks
Mecklenburg County - Natural Resources
Join us on October 10, 2021 for our October meeting.  Clint Brooks with Mecklenburg County will discuss prescribed burns in Mecklenburg County's nature preserves.
Fall is for Hiking with the Native Plant Society

Let's get outdoors with fellow native plant geeks this fall. The Southern Piedmont Chapter is organizing some fun and interesting hikes for NCNPS members from mid-October through mid-November.  You can take a bike tour to see Charlotte's treasure trees with Patrick George, hike the NC Gamelands with botanist Bruce Sorrie, take a fall color tour at UNCC Botanical Gardens, tour a member's private native garden, take a tour of Redlair to see the big leaf magnolias and Schweinitz sunflowers, and hike several local nature preserves. We are still organizing other hikes.  You'll find sign-ups in our next newsletter.

These hikes are for NCNPS members only. 
Not a member?  Click here to join.
Time to Start Collecting Seeds for our December Seed Share

The December Seed Share and Social is one of our best attended meetings.  Start collecting your seeds now for the December meeting.
See Guidelines for Ethical Wild Seed Collection below.
Guidelines for Ethical Wild Seed Collection
NCNPS supports the use of native plants in landscaping and ecological restoration, and encourages the collection and sharing of seeds, spores and cuttings from native plants on your own property. We must, however, recognize the sensitivity of these plants as well as the wild environments in which they grow. With the goal of plant conservation and maintaining healthy native plant populations in mind, NCNPS has developed the following guidelines for the ethical collection of native plant propagules from natural areas.
Read the guidelines here.
Resources for Designing
and Planting Your Native Plant Garden
Thinking about starting a native plant garden or adding natives to your current landscaping?  Here are some resources for your landscaping projects this fall.
A Special Gift for Native Plant Lovers
Here is a wonderful video resource to help you choose the best native plants for a variety of conditions in your garden and to achieve your landscaping goals with native plants.  Paula Gross and Dr. Larry Mellichamp created this video of top native plants including best for pollinators, for birds, for shade and various plant families.  Watch the whole video here or visit our YouTube channel to see the video broken into smaller video segments for each category. 
To watch the whole series Click here.
Just released!  A guide to landscaping your NC Piedmont garden with native plants from the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  This useful booklet suggests and describes best Piedmont native shrubs, trees, ferns, grasses and sedges and flowering perennials.  Download your copy at this link.
Fall Native Plant Sales
One of the best places to buy native plants is the fall plant sale at UNCC BG.  In-person this year, the sale runs from September 30-October 2.  Learn more here.
Although not exclusively a native plant sale, Winghaven's fall plant sale often offers native plants.  The sale runs from October 13-15 this year.  Learn more here.
Reference Books about Native Plants

Learn more about planning your own home native plant garden with this new book by Dr. Larry Mellichamp and Paula Gross with photos by Will Stuart.

To order from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden click here.

Native Plants of the Southeast  by Dr. Larry Mellichamp with photos by Will Stuart can be ordered from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden by clicking here.
Volunteer Needed for Kids in Nature Day
Charlotte Wildlife Stewards needs one more volunteer to man a "pollination station" where kids can make seed balls and learn a little about native plants and pollinators. The event is September 19, 2-5pm at Reedy Creek Park.  Contact Donna Bolls at   if you can help.

Join Us.

Get to know your fellow native plant enthusiasts.
Don't miss any of our members-only hikes and events.

Annual membership only $25 for individuals and $35 for families.

NCNPS has four handouts to help you select native plants for your garden.  They are Favorite Native Plants for the Garden, A Native Plant Color Palette for the Garden, Native Groundcovers for the Garden and Ferns.  You can download a copy of these handouts at this link:
UNCC Certificate in Native Plant Studies

UNCC Botanical Gardens has new classes in its Native Plant Studies certificate program.  They include basic and advanced botany, sustainable gardening, landscape design, soils and wildflower ID.  Click on this link for more information and to register for classes.
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