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Walnut Creek Preserve Speaker Series: Misunderstood Wildlife and more!

September 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Date: September 17, 2022

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve

Speaker: Steve O’Neil, Executive Director of Earthshine Nature Programs


Join us for an up-close and personal introduction to some of the most important and yet most misunderstood wild creatures – the reptiles that live in our backyards – and maybe even in our basements and attics!  This program will focus on many of the more misunderstood animals we share our world with. These animals are integral parts of a healthy ecosystem, healthy earth, and healthy humans, yet they have been misunderstood and mistreated by many for centuries. It’s time to end the misunderstandings and build some respect for our wild friends.

This program will include LIVE ANIMALS and will be perfect for all ages!  So, come out and bring the kids, to meet Steve and his friends and learn some amazing secrets of our less than cuddly wild neighbors.

Steve is from Hendersonville, North Carolina and has worked as an interpretive naturalist for many years and with many organizations. Currently, he is a naturalist and environmental science educator with Trails Carolina and he is the Executive Director of Earthshine Nature Programs. He received is Associate of Applied Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Management from Haywood Community College and his Bachelor of Science in Recreation Mgt./Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University, and he loves to share his passion for forests, mountains, caves, swamps, and dunes – in search of all things and all places wild and wonderful – with youngsters and adults.


Polk County is currently in the “Medium” COVID-19 Community Level and the CDC’s current recommendations are:


*Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group).  Thank you.


Contact Pam Torlina, [email protected], with questions or for more information.



September 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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