Mountain Trail Hike

Pilot Mountain

Ecosolutions is sponsoring a hike on the Mountain Trail of Pilot Mountain State Park. We will meet at its Culler Rd parking area, with across the (Pinnacle Hotel road) access to the Mountain Trail. The hike is moderately strenuous, and good soled boots or shoes are highly recommended. All should wear masks, and keep and leave at least 7 foot distance between family units. Please bring at least a quart of water per person, as well as snacks, sandwiches, or other sustenance - we will be taking some "refresher" breaks. The out and back hike should (formally) end within the 10am-11am window. Because of COVID and some long uphill hiking stretches, this hike will be limited to 10 adults (no children). Please sign up here---> https://tinyurl.com/uu-outings

Easy Walk at C.G. Hill Memorial Park

C. G. Hill Memorial Park

EcoSolutions offers this easy hike/walk at C.G. Hill Memorial Park. This park in Pfafftown (famous for its 500+ year old Poplar Tree) offers two fairly flat loop trails that are connected by a slight hill. Trail surface is broad and of good surface. The lower loop wraps around a pond and the upper loop traverses an open area, perfect for bird and cloud watching. This will be a leisurely stroll, to enjoy exploring this lovely setting. Total length is .8 miles. Children are welcome to attend with parent. Meet at the Park parking lot off of Balsam Road. Limit to ten people. Trip leader: Cynthia Braun  Register here---> https://tinyurl.com/uu-outings

Horizons Park Loop Hike

Horizons Park

EcoSolutions offers a chance to get outside and hike the Horizons Park Loop trail. Come and explore this little known gem of a hike, in nearby Germanton. A moderate hike of 2.6 miles with several steep hills. Some uneven footing and roots in places. Excellent hike for a little exercise, nice forest scenery and generally few people. Children 10+ welcome with a parent. Meet at the parking lot off of Memorial Industrial School Road, near the Frisbee Golf Course and Barn, across the street from the dog park. Bring water and snacks to carry. Limit 10 people. Must wear masks and social distance. Trip Leader: Cynthia Braun. Sign up here---> https://tinyurl.com/uu-outings

EcoSolutions Quarterly Meeting

Online

EcoSolutions is an open group that meets to plan outdoor outings, educate the Fellowship on issues of environmental sustainability, and work together to make our congregation and our community more sustainable. Please join us for the EcoSolutions Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, Dec 2 from 7-8:30 pm via zoom. All are welcome. We will meet online to discuss plans for 2021. Join us. Send inquiries to eco@uufws.org. Register here---> https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcu2ppjsvG9ZaXKTRdmBVmk8j9OdSRM_B

New Year’s Day Hike

Long Creek Park, 5801 Bethania-Tobaccoville Road, Winston-Salem

*** NEW DATE -- due to rain, this event has been moved to Saturday, January 2nd ***
EcoSolutions invites you to ring in the new year (and say good riddance to 2020) with a hike at one of Winston Salem’s newest parks. It was formerly Long Creek Golf Club so we’ll follow old paved golf paths and mowed grass trail through hilly, scenic terrain. The trail forms 2 loops so you can hike 2.5 miles or the entire 5 miles, your choice. Expect some muddy spots and some exertion on the hills.

EcoSolutions Offers Walk at Bethabara Trails, Sat. Jan 23rd

Bethabara Visitor Center parking lot, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston Salem

This will be a hilly 2.7 mile loop walk (starts with a long, steep climb) on wide paved and stone dust trails (which allow us to socialize), as well as narrow dirt trails (which allow us to commune with nature). Trails are likely to be muddy and slippery. Consistent with Fellowship procedures, participants must wear a facial mask at any time that social distancing cannot be maintained. Please be on time. We will leave promptly at 1:00 and cannot wait for late comers. The area has a confusing network of interconnected trails so we’ll have to each stay within view of the leader or sweep. Good news: there’s a porta-potty about mid way, but we recommend you carry your own toilet paper, sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer! Contact leaders Rich & Sue Freeman with any questions or email eco@uufws.org. Limited spots. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48a8ac28a0f58-ecosolutions1

(CANCELED) EcoSolutions Hike at Pilot Mtn

Parking lot of Pilot Mountain's (new) Visitor Center

(CANCELED) This hike starts at 10am beginning at the parking lot of Pilot Mountain's (new) Visitor Center. In case of bad weather, the "rain" date will be March 19 at 10am. The hike will last about 5 hours. It will go on part of Grindstone and all of the Mountain Trail. Boots or shoes with sturdy soles are strongly recommended due to rocks, etc. Also, ample water (at least a couple of pints) and snacks are needed. The UU Fellowship's policy is that, even outside, masks are required unless 6-foot social distancing is maintained from non-family members. Trip leader: Mary Law. Fifteen spots available.

EcoSolutions Offers “Urban Hike”

The lot near Willows Bistro on Liberty Street 4055 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC

Join fellow UU members on an "urban hike" that will take us over the new Strollway Pedestrian Bridge that spans across Salem Parkway. This is a 2.5 mile loop on paved and gravel surfaces, so a good option if weather has been rainy. Only a few gentle inclines, and pavement can be uneven in places. We will park and meet up in the lot near Willows Bistro on Liberty Street and follow the Strollway up to Fourth Street, loop through Old Salem past the cemetery and to the pedestrian covered bridge over Old Salem Road and return back via the Strollway. This is a good sampling of our city's pedestrian amenities. Depending on the weather and folks' inclinations, there is the possibility of enjoying a cocktail or snack on the outside patio at Willows after the walk. Trip led by Cynthia Braun. Maximum participants is 8. Masks mandatory. Sign up here --> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48a8ac28a0f58-ecosolutions5

Climate crisis month kick-off – All are invited

Online

Everyone is invited to this free, one-hour event that will kick-off a month of learning and action on the climate crisis. This multimedia online presentation via Zoom will give you the latest facts and provide solutions, both individual and collective, required to move toward a sustainable future. Presentation is 45 minutes, followed by time for questions. Presented by Terri LeGrand and Janet Loew, trained Climate Reality Project leaders. Click here to register --> https://uufws.org/zoom-eco-month-kickoff

EcoSolutions Offers Easy Hike/Walk on April 3rd

C. G. Hill Park at 5600 Balsom Road, Pfafftown

Ecosolutions is offering a hike/walk at C.G. Hill Memorial Park, with associated trails, on Saturday, April 3rd from 10am-1pm. We will meet in the parking lot of C. G. Hill Park at 5600 Balsom Road, Pfafftown, NC. We will walk around the lake, including stopping at the 500+ year old Poplar Tree and looking at its hollow center, then go to the upper level sand track. For those who desire, we will continue to the wooded trails, also on the upper level. After our hike, we can gather around and have snacks/lunch/chat (socially distanced) as desired, gazing at the beautiful lake, with its ducks and other wildlife. Masks are required. Limited spots. Sign up here--> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f48a8ac28a0f58-ecosolutions6

Governance System Task Force Meeting

Emerson & Thoreau rooms 4055 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC

This is a closed meeting of the Governance System Task Force.

Recurring

Committee Chair Meetings with GSTF

Online

The Governance Systems Task Force (GSTF) is hosting small group discussions with Committee Chairs regarding the policies of the Fellowship. The goal of the Governance Systems Task Force is to research and recommend changes to our policies that will clearly define both how decisions are made and who has the authority to make those decisions. We seek your feedback on how to clarify roles and means of accountability. This is an opportunity for lay leaders to help us design a system that works best for our Fellowship so that we may fulfill our mission, together. These meetings are by invitation only, however if you are not a Committee Chair but you are interested in attending, please contact Janet Loew at GSTF@uufws.org. Links for the Zoom will be sent to participants via email the morning of the event.

Governance Systems Task Force Meeting

Library

This is a closed meeting of the Governance Systems Task Force. For more information about our work, please email GSTF@uufws.org.

Town Hall Meeting: Update on Governance Systems

Fellowship Hall and online 4055 Robinhood Road, Winston Salem, NC

Come learn what "governance systems" means and why this is the right time for us to move toward a model of defined leadership. There are 2 easy ways to participate. Following the Sunday service, either stay in the Fellowship Hall or stay in the main Zoom room.