If you are planning to spend time in the area before the meeting, it is a short drive to the Blue Ridge foothills and a few hours’ drive to the Carolina coast. The postmeeting field trip, Wine Country North Carolina: Vineyards, Soils, and Climate, is designated for both meeting participants and their guests. It is nontechnical and features a tour through Piedmont North Carolina during a pleasant time of the year. Register for this trip early!
- 1. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Park
- From the Web site: “Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented gold find in the United States. From this discovery, gold mining spread gradually to nearby counties and eventually into other southern states. During its peak years gold mining was second only to farming in the number of North Carolinians it employed.”
- 2. U.S. National Whitewater Center
- From the Web site: “Only 15 minutes from uptown Charlotte you can raft the world’s largest manmade whitewater river; whitewater kayak the only class III–IV rapids in a metropolitan area; flatwater kayak along the banks of the scenic Catawba River; mountain bike 11 miles of single track trails along the Catawba River; and climb on one of the largest outdoor climbing structures in the U.S.”
- 3. Discovery Place
- Discovery Place is an educational science and nature museum in downtown Charlotte. It also houses an IMAX dome theatre that shows both documentary and theatrical films.
- 4. The Schiele Museum of Natural History
- The Schiele Museum is in Gastonia, North Carolina, about a 30-minute-drive west of Charlotte down I-85. It specializes in Native American culture and history and North American flora and fauna, as well as archaeology and paleontology. In April 2008, the museum will be hosting an exhibit called “Tusks: Ice Age Mammoths & Mastodons."
- 5. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
- From the Web site: “In 1989, Daniel J. Stowe, a retired textile executive from Belmont, North Carolina, reserved 450 acres of prime rolling meadows, woodlands and lakefront property and established a foundation to develop a world-class botanical garden.” The garden is west on I-85 from Charlotte.
- 6. University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens
- From the Web site: “The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens consists of a notable combination of outdoor and indoor garden facilities on campus. Our three main garden areas are the Van Landingham Glen, the Susie Harwood Garden, and the McMillan Greenhouse.”