Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Shortleaf Pine illustration with NCFS Shield Holmes Educational State Forest

Public Events At Holmes Educational State Forest

photo collage of activities at Holmes ESF

Inclement Weather Policy

Hikes may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather such as thunder and lightning. Notifications will be sent out via phone and email. Due to the unpredictability of weather patterns in our area, cancellations may occur as late as the morning of the scheduled meeting date.

Spring/Summer/Fall Public Programs

Holmes Educational State Forest is pleased to announce a three-part lecture series on the science and application of Ecology presented by retired conservation biologist Tom Baugh. These integrated Power Point modules will include (1) the Principles of Ecology, (2) The Principles of Conservation Biology, and (3) The Principles of Restoration Ecology. Tom Baugh

The modules will be offered at 10 am on October 12th, 19th, and 26th with NCEE Criteria III and CEU credits available upon request.

Participation is limited to 20 people per lecture and will be held in Holmes Educational State Forest picnic shelter. Each presentation will last 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute discussion. Picnic tables are available for seating however participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Masks are required.

These programs are free but you MUST SIGN UP to participate. Call now (828 692-0100) or email ( to reserve your spot!

Our speaker will be Tom Baugh
Tom is a Biologist with a focus on Ecology and 40+ years experience in various aspects of Conservation Biology with one university and two US federal agencies. He most recently served as Steward at Bat Fork Bog Plant Conservation Preserve in Hendersonville. Tom has worked in wetland habitats from the US deserts and coasts, to the southern Appalachian Mountains and with numerous species from fish to plants. He is a member of several professional organizations and is published in the scientific, technical, and 'popular' literature.

Speaker Tom Baugh. Event Photo by Evan Anderson.

Professional Development for Formal/Non-Formal Educators

HESF periodically host professional development workshops for formal and non-formal educators. Workshops include but not limited to Investigating Your Environment, Project Learning Tree, and Tree Identification for Educators. Please contact the office for more information on Continuing Education Units for Teachers and/or Environmental Education Certification credits.

Most NCFS and HESF educator workshops will fall under the following categories. NCEE Category I: Approved Instructional Workshops, NCEE Category II: Outdoor Environmental Education Experiences and/or Continuing Education Units for formal teachers.