The Wisdom Tree

SUUSI Nature is rekindling an oldie but goodie! This is Nature for everyone – without any physical effort. Come sit, eat lunch, enjoy the afternoon breeze, and learn about what surrounds us. You’ll hear about the mountain rains and possible effects of a changing climate, the heritage of the North Carolina people, including the birthplace of modern forestry. Learn about the local critters in a way you’ve never heard before!

Charlie Grymes

Charlie served 30+ years with the US Department of the Interior and is now a recovering Federal bureaucrat. He taught "Geography of Virginia" as an adjunct at George Mason University, and currently volunteers with local organizations pestering elected officials.

  • 101: Under the Wisdom Tree: Rain and WaterfallsLimit 99

    Maybe the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, but here we get soaked in the mountains. Why so much rain, and will a changing climate dry up the waterfalls? The first of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes, who has shared his wisdom on nature trips for many years. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 102: Under the Wisdom Tree: North Carolina History - Why Tar Is On the HeelsLimit 99

    Virginia and South Carolina residents highlight their proud histories. North Carolina is, in contrast, a “vale of humility between two mountains of conceit.” Why is this state’s heritage such a humble story? The second of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 103: Under the Wisdom Tree: Rise and Fall of Our ForestsLimit 99

    Modern forestry was developed in Western North Carolina, and wood is a renewable resource – but we have practiced dumb forest management, too. What’s the “wise” way to convert trees into lumber, paper, and pencils? The third of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!

  • 104: Under the Wisdom Tree: Panthers and Other CrittersLimit 99

    Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh My! We got ticks, snakes, skeeters, tweety birds – and now armadillos. We got wildlife in Cullowhee, but where are the panthers? The fourth of four theme talks by Charlie Grymes. Grab your lunch, join us under the Wisdom Tree, and be enthralled. Drop in as you can!