Spring 2018 has been a busy time for the Montreat Landcare Committee and the organizations that comprise it, with a bounty of outdoor activities including citizen science and education involving both children and adults, and opportunities to buy and care for native plants. Landcare’s sixth annual Native Plant Sale on April 28 saw a steady stream of visitors to an array of sales and educational stations, while on the same day the community celebrated Arbor Day and its ongoing recognition as a Tree City USA. A filled classroom was introduced to the ecoEXPLORE program of the North Carolina Arboretum, which has located the first of three “hotspot” signs in Montreat for children in grades K-8 who are taking pictures of plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Meanwhile in May the Montreat Tree Board is conducting its first-ever inventory of trees along a key roadway, so as to assess at-risk trees in the interest of public safety along road right-of-way. For more information see  https://www.ecoexplore.net/   and http://www.townofmontreat.org/TreeBoard.php.