What is Wildacres?

Wildacres is a conference center dedicated to the betterment of human relations. The facilities are used by educational and cultural groups such as music, art, mineral & lapidary classes, and religious, interfaith, civic, and science seminars. More than 80 diverse groups participate in a typical Wildacres season.

What is EFMLS?

The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies is an organization of over 100 gem, lapidary and mineral clubs throughout the eastern United States. EFMLS holds two workshops at Wildacres each year, in the spring and the fall.

Where is Wildacres?

At an elevation of 3,300 feet, Wildacres is situated on 1,600 acres atop Pompey's Knob, a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
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How's the food?

Well-prepared, abundant, served family-style, and accommodating to dietary needs.Chow hall interior

May children attend?

Yes, if over twelve

What about pets?

Only service animals are permitted at Wildacres.

Will I have to live in a tent or something?

No, the comfortable hotel-style rooms have individual baths along with gracious common spaces.lobby

Is Wildacres hadicapped-accesible?


How's the weather?

You'll be at 3400 feet in the mountains. The weather can be quite variable. Pack for layering and check the 7-day forecast for Spruce Pine, NC before you depart.
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Who are the instructors?

Classes are taught be highly experienced craftspeople. All instructors are volunteers.SoapStoneHelp

Who may attend the Workshops?

Anyone may attend, but priority is given to members of clubs belonging to EFMLS. Here is a list of clubs.


Is an EFMLS Workshop expensive?

A week at an EFMLS Wildacres Workshop includes room & board, all classes and lectures for only $390. Approximately 2/3 of the cost of attending Wildacres is underwritten through the generosity of the Blumenthal Foundation.
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Are there any other expenses?

Depending upon the class, there may be an additional fee for supplies. These fees reflect only the instructor's direct costs.

May my partner relax as I attend class?

Sorry, no. Wildacres requires that attendees fully participate in their group's program. However an EFMLS Wildacres Workshop has classes that should appeal to most all folks. Come and enjoy!

Is alcohol permitted at Wildacres?

Yes, you are most welcome to enjoy a libation with friends on the deck, in the canteen, or in your room. BYOB-- no alcohol is sold at Wildacres.

What about that "Good Stuff" auction?

Bring mineral specimens, cabbing rough, books, tools--anything hobby-related--to be auctioned for the direct support of the EFMLS Wildacres Workshops.