Upcoming Events & Hikes

Join the PAC “Kudzu Warriors” to help eradicate Kudzu (and other non-native and invasive species) at the PAC protected Norman Wilder Forest located off of HWY 176. Call PAC at (828)859-5060 or e-mail landprotection@pacolet.org if you are interested or would like more information. Also, check out our webpage dedicated to Conservation/Kudzu Eradication.   REGULAR SCHEDULED WORK DAYS are EVERY MONDAY from 9-11 (subject to change, please see the link to the calendar.)!


Scroll down for information on:
Programs at Walnut Creek Preserve, Programs at the Landrum Library, PACWalk & PACRun, the Spring Hiking Series, and more!


Click here to download a brochure of our 2017 Education Series.


PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) 2017 Programs

Each month (except December), PAC & WCP will offer a Saturday morning program/presentation at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Programs are free of charge, open to all ages, and begin at 10:30 a.m. (more info. below)

PAC/WCP programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from Mary Merritt and Bob and Babs Strickland.


March 25 – Annie Martin, popularly known as “Mossin’ Annie,” will present “Moss Magic in your Landscape” & option to attend a workshop (see ** below).

*Annie will be bringing copies of her book, “The Magical World of Moss Gardening” (Timber Press 2015) for sale after the presentation.
**Interested participants are invited to attend a workshop after the presentation where each person makes their own moss dish garden or “moss as art” creation to take home. There is a $20 fee to attend the workshop and pre-registration is mandatory and you must register by 3/13/17. In order for the workshop to take place we need a minimum of 10 participants and there is a maximum of 30 participants who can attend.


Click here for more information about her presentation and the workshop.

Check out her website to learn more about Mountain Moss’ and moss products.

Click here to download a flier about the workshop.

April 29 – Simon Thompson, owner of Ventures Birding Tours, will present on Birds!

(more info to come!)

Chestnut-sided WarblerChestnut-sided Warbler (photo by Jeff Catlin)

May 27 – owner of Mushroom Mountain and mycologist, Tradd Cotter, will present, “Amazing Fungi – The Dark Matter that Bounds all Life.”

Join mushroom expert Tradd Cotter, mycologist and founder of Mushroom Mountain, for a fascinating lecture on native plants and their fungal partners. In order to sustain life on this planet, a complex matrix of organisms has evolved to orchestrate the balance. Plants and fungi have merged and continue to unveil the benefits of collaborating with nature. We have a lot to learn from these relationships, and understanding the respect they have for each other can teach us more than just soil biology. Our native plant communities are communicating through their own internet, reaching out to other organisms to help repair the ecosystems that perpetuate life on this planet.


*SIGN UP TO TAKE A TOUR OF MUSHROOM MOUNTAIN with PAC ON JUNE 14TH!   $15 Pre-registration required.

Click here for more info.

June 17 – Tanya Poole, NCWRC Education Specialist, will present on Bats!

bigearedbatJuly 15 – Patrick McMillan, host of ETV’s Expeditions with Patrick McMillan, will present, “The Southern Blue Ridge – Crucible of Life.”

When we think of biodiversity our minds often wander to the far corners of the globe but one of the world’s great centers of temperate diversity is right here in our own back yards, the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Join Patrick as he takes an in-depth look at this often overlooked region of the Appalachians that harbors endemic and ancient relicts from the distant past that have long-since disappeared from the rest of the continent. This is the heart of the most diverse temperate broad-leaved forest on the continent and it has served time and again as a refuge during change and an engine of biodiversity production. This is the only place in North America you can find Oconee Bells, and there are more species of Trillium, Hexastylis, and Salamanders here than in any other comparably sized region on the continent. There is something all these species share in common. They can’t move very fast, they can’t quickly retreat from change. These plants and animals need a place to call home that can accommodate change–that is resilient in the face of change. The unique position, climate, and highly dissected and varied topography of the ridges and gorges of the southern Blue Ridge escarpment have provided this crucible for life in the face of change again and again. They hold biodiversity in the face of climatic adversity and exhale their treasures to the entire region when conditions improve. Recognizing the importance of this region lends strong support to the conservation of as much of this system as possible and identifying the routes in and out of this corridor into the rest of North America. Eloquent design could produce a network of conservation corridors to buffer change in the eastern deciduous forest, ensuring that our children’s children’s children will enjoy the same diversity of life we do today.

picture-from-sue-as-jpgAugust 12 – David Campbell will present on his Floristic and Biodiversity Study of Polk County.

Since 2015, David Campbell has been doing an inventory of the flora, habitats, and some fauna found within Polk County, documenting the rare and unique biodiversity that makes Polk County so special.  During his presentation, David will share his findings from the 2-year study with the community.

img_3721The Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) funded a portion of the first year of the Study.  Thank you PCCF!

September 23 – “Wilderness from an ecological, cultural and aesthetic perspective,” presented by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

Jennifer Frick-Ruppert is the author of “Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians,” and a professor of biology and environmental science at Brevard College. During her presentation, Jennifer will also discuss wilderness management from the present into the future. 

frick-ruppert_mountainOctober 28 – Naturalist, Tim Lee will present, “Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi.”

Fireflies flashing on a warm summer night. The eerie glow of jack-o-lantern mushrooms in the forest on a moonless night. These lights bring mystery and magic to the dark night. Join us as we discover how light is produced and emitted from living organisms and how it used to lure prey, deter predators and entice insects.

85aed54ac18bd0b3af9ebc6a1eafc981November 11 – basket maker and Cherokee storyteller, Nancy Basket, will present on basket making with Kudzu!

(more info to come!)

photoClick here to check out her website.

library-logoLandrum Library Free Community Events Programs Continue in 2017!


Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF), PAC and the Landrum Library will continue to provide free nature education programs at the Landrum Library in 2017!
 Just in time for spring, join us for three programs on our native wildflowers!


March 14 – Dr. Gillian Newberry will present on “Endangered Plants of the Piedmontat 6:00 p.m.


The talk will include tips for the identification of some of the rarest plants in the Piedmont, why they are rare, and why we should care.  Gillian will include some notes on her research on preserving these endangered species.  She will highlight Shortia, Hexastylis, insectiverous plants (such as sun dews and pitcher plants), Sagittaria fasciculata, Chestnut, and Walking Fern.
Gillian Newberry is a professor emeritus from University of South Carolina Upstate.  She taught botany, plant geography, zoology, plant taxonomy, and marine biology during her 34 years at USC-Upstate and set up a 16,000 specimen herbarium to aid students in plant identifications.  Her research interest include plant surveys, plant rescues, establishment of preserves for endangered plant species, and developing techniques to reduce the impact of invasive plant species.She received here PhD in botany in 1976 and was recognized as teacher of the year at USC-Upstate twice.  She was also recognized as teach of the year for the Campuses of the USC system.  Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading, and photography.
gillian-newberryApril 11 – Dr. Timothy Spira will present on “Favorite Spring Wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains” at 6:00 p.m.


Botanist Tim Spira will show beautiful photographs of common and conspicuous, as well as rare and unusual, spring wildflowers including trilliums, trout lily, wild ginger, mayapple, bearcorn, Jack-in-the-pulpit, pink lady’s slipper, cucumber root, Oconee bells, and many others. In addition to helping you identify spring wildflowers, we will discuss fascinating features about their ecology and natural history, which will enhance your understanding and appreciation of spring wildflowers in the Blue Ridge Mountains.


May 9 – Dennis Chastain will present, “Appalachian Sampler,” at 6:30 p.m.

Dennis Chastain is an award-winning outdoor writer and interpretive naturalist and his “Appalachian Sampler” presentation is a representative sample of natural and cultural features characteristic of the Blue Ridge segment of the ancient Appalachian Mountains.  He has put together a slide show composed of moonshine stills, animal tracks, scats and spoor, and a tantalizing sampling of the nearly 1,200 flowering species of wildflowers, trees and shrubs that grace our Carolina mountain region; along with ancient Indian petroglyphs, rock shelters, waterfalls and finally, a pictorial survey of snakes and reptiles.


June 8 – naturalist, Carlton Burke, will present “Owls – Masters of the Night,” at 2:00 p.m., part of the Landrum Library’s “Summer Reading Program.”

Owls are mysterious birds of prey which are seldom seen due to their nocturnal lifestyle and secretive habits. This program will introduce you to the fascinating lives of these unusual birds and their unique adaptations for life in their nighttime world. The program will also feature live owls as guests.

July 18 – naturalist, Tim Lee, will present, “Salamanders of the Carolinas,” at 6:00 p.m., part of the Landrum Library’s “Summer Reading Program – Family Fun Night.”

The Carolinas are home to the greatest diversity of salamanders on earth. The presentation will highlight salamander diversity and describe many of the species found in the area.  The program will include live specimens!


August 29 – Dr. Jack Turner and Beth Button, from the USC Upstate Watershed Ecology Center will present on “Watersheds” at 6:00 p.m.

(more info to come!)


The PAC Spring Hiking Series begins February 17th!


Join PAC for five Friday hikes offered to the public, free of charge, this spring!


The community is invited to enjoy the beauty of our Carolinas with PAC.


Come see what the work of local conservation organizations have done for the preservation of our areas natural resources and take in the beauty of the emergence of spring!


  • February 17 – DuPont Stat Forest, Thomas Cemetery loop & Wintergreen Falls, 7-miles, easy, loop
  • March 3 – Pisgah N.F., Coontree loop to Bennett Gap Trails, 6.6-miles, moderate, in the shape of a lollipop
  • March 17 – Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, Pinnacle Pass and Naturaland Trust trails to Moonshine Falls, 5.6-miles, moderate, out & back
  • March 31 – Pisgah N.F., paralleling the Davidson River to the North Slope trail, onto the Connector trail, then Art Loeb, 8-miles, moderate, loop
  • April 14 – Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Asbury Trail, 6.8-mile, moderate, out & back
PAC invites the public to participate in a “Hiking Challenge!”
Complete all five of the hikes this spring and receive a custom bumper sticker acknowledging your accomplishment!
Click here to download a brochure of the hiking schedule.


PACWalk and PACRun!

Due to construction and renovation projects at Tryon Estates, PAC’s annual PACRun & PACWalk has a new date and location! Thank you to Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE) for hosting our fundraising event this year!


PACWalkStart forming your teams now!

Sponsorships available!

Click here to download a PACWalk & PACRun Flier

Click here to download a PACWalk entry form

Online registration for PACRun at, “It’s About Time,” https://eventsignup.org/PACRun

Click here to download a PACRun entry form

PACWalk sponsors 2-22-17

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s list of 10 essentials for hiking.

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s “Tips for your next hike.”

Click here for the American Hiking Society’s instructions on “How to use a compass.”

Click here for the Thrifty Outdoors Man’s “43 Useful Hiking Tips and Tricks.”

Click here for directions to the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.

Click here to use Google maps to get directions to the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center from your location.

GPS coordinates to the entrance of Walnut Creek Preserve (at Aden Green Road and Herbarium Lane): 35°22’21.95” N, 82°09’46.18” W

The Landrum Library is located between the Town of Landrum and I-26, on Hwy 14.  The address is: 111 Asbury Dr, Landrum, SC 29356

Click here for a link to Google Maps.