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Olympic statue in a park.

Tarnished Gold

Despite the Olympic Games' popularity, NC State experts say the event's legacy is closely linked to human rights violations by host nations.

Home is where the wolf is. 🐺🐾

This summer, plenty of our #NCStateCNR students are having some amazing internship experiences. 🐺🐾

@ncstateprtm junior Sydney Jordan is currently working as an athletic affairs intern for @hc_hsa. After graduation, Sydney aspires to work in college football as a director of recruiting operations or provide academic counseling for student athletes. 

“My job is to serve as support for the director of athlete affairs during the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics. The AAU Junior Olympics is a youth sporting event that brings in over 15,000 athletes to the city. With that, a lot of my tasks have been focused on this event. So far, I have learned the ins and outs of the host agreement between Houston and AAU. I have been assigned to research various hotels and rental car company logistics for the incoming athletes. Throughout all of this, I have been able to do a lot of professional development such as getting my resume reviewed and revised, as well as having weekly goals meetings with my supervisor to ensure I’m on track.”

For today’s forest spotlight, we are taking in the beauty and recreational opportunities that abound at Lake Johnson Park. 

Whether you like to walk, bike or fish, this 500-acre park is definitely a great place to connect with nature and wildlife. Make sure to stop and fully take in the beauty of the park’s manmade lake. 😍 

Only a five-minute drive from NC State’s campus, the park offers 1.5 miles of unpaved trails through the woods, in addition to a 2.8-mile paved greenway loop that is part of the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail. The park is also host to a variety of educational programs, from nature and outdoor recreation to art and fitness. In the mood for some time on the water? You can rent a kayak to explore the 150-acre lake.

We’re taking a trip to William B. Umstead State Park for our latest forest spotlight. Umstead Park is a hiking treasure for many in the NC State community and the Triangle. With more than 20 miles of hiking trails, what’s not to love? 😍 🥾

Whether you prefer a short trail (many find their muse on the Inspiration Trail) or a long, scenic trail (Company Mill Trail is one of our favorites), there’s a little something for everyone to be found in this 5,439-acre park. There are more than 13 miles of multi-use trails as well, in case you fancy a horseback or bike ride. Visitors can also enjoy a picnic, rent a canoe or fish in one of the park’s three manmade lakes (you can't miss the beauty of Big Lake).

For today’s forest spotlight we are taking a visit to @ncstate’s Lake Raleigh Woods 🐺🐾

Originally created as a reservoir for Raleigh in the early 1900s, Lake Raleigh is a hidden gem at NC State’s Centennial Campus. The lake is surrounded by 96 acres of protected forest with trails, Lake Raleigh Woods, which are enjoyed by the campus community and Raleigh residents alike. There are three access points for the recreation area: from Main Campus Drive, Park Alumni Center and Centennial Campus Middle School. 

The woods and the lake offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, from nine-hole disc golf to fishing from two piers. Lake Raleigh Woods offers miles of walking trails that can be accessed through the Park Alumni Center and Centennial Campus Middle School parking lots. The woods are one of nine designated Hallowed Places on NC State’s campus and were once part of the Dorothea Dix Hospital campus.

#NationalForestWeek 🌲#NCStateOnCampus
July 12-18 is #NationalForestWeek, and here at @ncstate and the surrounding area, there are quite a few amazing forests to enjoy. Stay tuned to our Instagram this week as we highlight a few, starting with our very own Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest, which is 10 minutes from the NC State campus. 🐺🐾

At 245 acres, this luscious green space serves as both a teaching and research site for the NC State community and a popular recreational space for Raleigh residents. #SchenckForest serves as an outdoor laboratory for numerous academic programs, including forestry, botany, ecology, and recreation and wildlife biology. The site also hosts a teaching arboretum and several walking trails that not only serve as a great hike but educate the public about forest management practices. 

The forest is named in memory of Dr. Carl A. Schenck, founder of the Biltmore Forest School. Established in 1898, Biltmore was the first school of forestry in the United States. Fun fact: #NCStateCNR’s Biltmore Hall is named in honor of this once vital source of forestry education.
Lauren Stover ‘18 found her passion for the outdoors and helping others as an undergrad. She followed it by pursuing a master’s degree in @ncstateprtm and now works as the coordinator for @ncstatewellrec’s Outdoor Adventures. 🥾🛶

"I think it’s so important for students to start their careers with a well-balanced lifestyle. Giving students the opportunities to get outside not only provides them with time away from their academics, but it also provides them the skills to continue to find positive avenues for stress management after they have finished their degree."

#HowlBack 🐺🐾
Trevor Treasure followed his lifelong passion for sustainability from @ncstatefb to @eastmanglobal, where he works as a research and development engineer. 

“Since a young age, I have been passionate about sustainability. Now I find great satisfaction in being able to work on and solve problems every day. The engineering and science disciplines are centered around solving problems using the scientific method which enables fallible humans to learn the truth about their surroundings and how to interact safely with the principles of physics and chemistry.”

#HowlBack 🐺🐾
Have a gorgeous #FourthOfJuly, Pack! 🇺🇸 🐺🐾
Do you know what makes a hot summer day better? Several scoops of Campfire Delight from Howling Cow. 🍨😋 What is your favorite flavor of this delicious @ncstatecals treat? 

Happy #SocialMediaDay 📱💻

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Missing seeing our #NCStateCNR Pack on campus 🐺🐾We hope everyone is having an amazing summer. Share your fun plans with us. ⬇️