February 2020 NEWSLETTER

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Henry's Nature Center

Rob and Roberta

Have you noticed all of the work going on at our Moody property off of Hwy 176? You can (and should) thank Tom DeKay for his selfless dedication and the donated time and skills he’s contributing to the management of the building of Henry’s Nature Center. SCLT recently received in excess of $55K from the Henry Cart Foundation, formed by Rob and Roberta Cart following the death of their 17-year-old son in 2006. Henry loved Saluda, loved the outdoors and spent all of his summers and more exploring, experiencing and appreciating nature in our beautiful mountain community, often with Ryan DeKay and/or with their dads.

The SCLT Board’s vision of having an education facility for students, their families and our community is finally coming to fruition. In Phase 1, we are building a parking lot that can accommodate a school bus as well as preparing the property for other purposes, such as future trails and gardens to accommodate food and/or native plants. Also, in this first phase, we are building a multi-purpose open-air pavilion. After this phase is complete, we have plans for more trails, plans to refurbish the existing springs and further develop a trail system throughout the property that connects to and within our extended community. It is our hope that nature/outdoor education programs from near and far will use our facilities to educate and inspire the current young generation and those following to understand, appreciate and protect our natural habitat and resources for themselves and generations to come.

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SCLT Youth Partner Hiking Challenge

Calling all Parents, Grandparents, Youth Leaders, and Mentors—-Are you looking for a way to inspire and motivate your kids, make memories with them, and help them appreciate the land and trails in and around Saluda? Then the SCLT Youth Partner Hiking Challenge is for you!

Adults may participate with up to 5 youth. Together, complete 7 hikes and do a service project to earn a certificate and an embroidered patch. It’s easy when you join our guided hikes every second Saturday of the month. You can also download the activity log and information on our website and go when it’s convenient for you. Our 2020 Hike Schedule is available now.

Visit the SCLT website for complete information.

This opportunity has been made possible by a grant from the Saluda Fund of the Polk County Community Foundation. This year, we are also adding hiking passports made possible by the Saluda United Methodist Church.

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Robinson Community Garden

All the plots are currently reserved for the 2020 season. Thank you for your support.

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Trail Maintanance

Tree Down, Needs Attention

Do you need some reason to get out in the woods? Contact Chuck and become part of the trail crew for keeping SCLT trails clear.

Chuck Hearon


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Annual Meeting

Save the date of Wednesday April 29th, 2020 at 6pm for SCLT Annual Meeting. Thanks so much for your support.


Consider Judd's Peak and Twin Lakes

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd’s Peak which are both amazing venues to reserve for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.


SCLT Monthly Board Meeting

Our next meeting is March 4th, at 3:00 pm at our office in the Saluda Presbyterian Church fellowship building. Come find out more about our on-going projects and how you can get involved.

With Walks in the Woods ending for the season, the newsletter Team will take a couple of months off from publishing but will send out targeted missives to remind you of anything news worthy. See you in February!!

Remember SmileAmazon

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the Saluda Community Land Trust. Bookmark the link and help support SCLT every time you shop.

Please keep SCLT in mind when planning events in the coming year. SCLT has Twin Lakes and Judd’s Peak which are both amazing venues to reserve for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.

Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

SCLT greatly appreciates the help from Polk County Community Foundation for the operating expenses for the year 2017.