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Misunderstood Wildlife

Kid friendly event on August 11 will include live animals!

Join Conserving Carolina for a free lecture entitled, “Misunderstood Wildlife” presented by executive director and head naturalist of Earthshine Nature Programs, Steve O’Neil, on Saturday, August 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.

Steve will present a live animal program focusing on many of the misunderstood animals we share our world with. These animals are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem, healthy earth, and healthy human existence, yet they have been misunderstood and mistreated by many for centuries. Join Steve to learn about these species and put an end the misunderstandings and in turn build respect and admiration for our wild friends.

Steve will have several of these misunderstood animals with him for you to meet and even hold, such as snakes, turtles, tortoises, and possibly even an opossum! Come meet Steve and his friends and learn some amazing secrets of our less than cuddly wild neighbors. This is a free program, open to the public and will include live animals, so bring the kids!


To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the Tryon and Columbus area, take Hwy 108 E and turn left on Hwy 9 toward Lake Lure.  Follow Hwy 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go 1 mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 0.2 miles and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 0.4 mile and turn left on Wood Thrush Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left onto Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the nature center.

For more information or directions from another location, contact Conserving Carolina at 828-697-5777, ext. 301 or email debra@conservingcarolina.org.

More Walnut Creek Preserve

The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on September 29, when Dr. Gillian Newberry will return for an encore of her “What Tree is That?” presentation. Participants will review how to identify trees using a key, then take a walk throughout the Preserve to test their skills! The program will take place at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit www.walnutcreekpreserve.com.  Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group).

The lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.

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