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WCBCpatchThe Western Carolina Botanical Club (WCBC) was founded in 1973 by a small group of residents in Western North Carolina who wanted to learn about the plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats and to advocate the protection of biodiversity in our natural world.

Club activities include:

  • Weekly field trips (twice-weekly in April and May) in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Polk, and Transylvania Counties, NC, and Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties, SC.
  • Informative indoor winter programs
  • Occasional  overnight trips to significant botanical areas
  • Workshops
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Community service projects
  • Maintenance of a database of Southern Appalachian biota

The Club encourages a botanical and ecological approach to the study of plants of the Southern Appalachians.  All levels of expertise, including beginners, are welcome.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The club does not condone picking, digging, or otherwise removing plant material from the wild (other than gathering edible fruits). To avoid misunderstandings members who may desire to collect under permit are requested to refrain from doing so during club sponsored Field Trips.
  • While we love pets, due to the nature of our walks we ask that you leave yours at home.

Dues are $15 per year per household with renewals on January first of each year.  For new members joining during the period July 1 – December 31, dues are $8 with renewal the following January first.

Contact information: Email kborgfeldt@hotmail.com or complete and submit the membership application form found in our WCBC Brochure

Other questions or comments? Email us at wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com