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Come along with natural world photographer Roger W. Downes as he explores and shares the stories of new places, people, and cultures. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorewithrwd/support

Explore With RWD Roger W. Downes

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Come along with natural world photographer Roger W. Downes as he explores and shares the stories of new places, people, and cultures. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/explorewithrwd/support

    Help Save Wildlife At The North Carolina Zoo

    Help Save Wildlife At The North Carolina Zoo

    Want to help save an endangered species and preserve wildlife on the planet?  Then make a trip to the North Carolina Zoo (nczoo.org), because each time you purchase a ticket the proceeds go toward conservation efforts to save endangered species and habitats.  

    How exactly is that money spent and on which projects?  We chat with North Carolina Zoo Public Relations Officer Debbie Foster-Fuchs and Curator of Herpetology Dustin Smith in Episode 21 of Explore With RWD.


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    • 56 min
    Hiking and Camping a Mile In The Sky; Grandfather Mountain

    Hiking and Camping a Mile In The Sky; Grandfather Mountain

    Gratherfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina holds a variety of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast to families wishing to take in amazing mountainous views.  Join Natural World Photographer Roger W. Downes as he discovers all that Grandfather Mountain offers with the Director of Education and Natural Resources of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, John Caveny.

    Purchase tickets for Grandfather Mountain: www.grandfather.com
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    • 34 min
    The Linville Gorge Wilderness: What You Need To Know

    The Linville Gorge Wilderness: What You Need To Know

    The Linville Gorge Wilderness in the Pisgah National Forest of Western North Carolina is an adventurous location with breathtaking views, fauna, and flora.  However, before you venture out onto the trails, there are a few things you need to know.  Trekking the Wilderness isn't a walk in the park but it's certainly worth the effort.

    Recreation and Trails Program Manager of The Pisgah National Forest Grandfather Ranger District, Lisa Jennings shares the challenges, permitting process, and beauty of the Linville Gorge Wilderness.

    Read more at www.explorewithrwd.com.


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    • 20 min
    Maintaining A Roadway of Adventure, The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

    Maintaining A Roadway of Adventure, The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most popular National Parks in the United States with over 16 million visitors each year (a number which triumphs the annual number of visitors to Yellow Stone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon combined).  Running from Cherokee, North Carolina to Roanoke, Virginia connecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park.  

    Join us in Episode 18, as we talk with Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Carolyn Ward about the adventure the Parkway offers in rich Appalachian History to amazing programs for children.  Let your journey of exploration begin....

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    Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation online: http://www.brpfoundation.org

    Visit the Kids In Parks Program online: http://www.kidsinparks.com

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    • 44 min
    Annie's Bakery - Generations In The Making

    Annie's Bakery - Generations In The Making

    Great artisan breads take years to develop, sometimes generations.  That is exactly the case of Asheville's Annie's Baker Founder, Giuseppe "Joe" Ritota, a fourth generation baker.  Hear the story of Joe's truly inspiring entrepreneurial spirit and guidance from God to grow his amazing bakery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  

    Visit Annie's Bakery online at: https://www.anniesbread.com

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    Email us at roger@explorewithrwd.com


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    • 37 min
    Explore The Stars From PARI

    Explore The Stars From PARI

    New stars and galaxies are being discovered and researched from deep within the Pisgah National Forest at P.A.R.I. (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute).  This 200 plus acre facility helps to make new discoveries which will take us into the stars, while offering educational camps for those wanting to learn more about what is beyond our world.  We chat with P.A.R.I.'s Educational Director Melanie Crowson in this episode of Explore With RWD.

    E-mail Melanie about visiting at mcrowson@pari.edu

    Learn more about P.A.R.I. at http://www.pari.edu




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    • 43 min

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