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.)!





PAC’s “For Land’s Sake!” fall fundraiser
will take place on September 9th
at the home of
Jim and Ann Troppmann


The event will include a catered dinner, by Pat Strother, in a truly lovely setting, Ann and Jim Troppmann’s home, Fox Knoll Farm.  Attendees will be seated at the back of the house overlooking PAC protected fields and woods with views of our local mountains to the west and of the more distant mountains to the north.



Please RSVP:


We are still looking for sponsors at the $250, $500, or $1000 level, those interested in sponsoring please call the PAC office.

Click here to view/download the sponsor form.

 PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) 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 Delores Lastinger.

NEW!  PAC & Landrum Library Programs

In 2016, PAC will be offering free educational programs at the Landrum Library!  Keep an eye on the schedule below for program dates, times, and details.

The PAC/Landrum Library programs are made possible thanks to a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.


(Scroll down to find out more about upcoming programs!)

2016 PAC program schedule:

August 30 – naturalist, Tim Lee will present “Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi” at the Landrum Library at 6:30 p.m.

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 they use it to lure prey, deter predators and entice insects.

Tim is a native South Carolinian and he has studied and taught as a naturalist and biologist throughout the southeast for more than 26 years. For the past 16 years he has been the Interpretive Ranger/Naturalist for South Carolina State Park Service’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area where he conducts research and provides educational programs for children and adults. He is the South Carolina Park Services coordinator with the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program and is an Educational Leadership Partner for the South Carolina Aquarium. Tim is member of the National Association of Interpreters, an honorary member of the Upstate Master Naturalist Association and an honorary SC Statewide Master Naturalist.

Tim LeeThis program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

September 17th – Melissa Pilgrim,Director of Research and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Carolina Upstate will present on, “Hidden Biodiversity: Finding Frogs and Salamanders All Around Us,” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.


Due to the issue of global amphibian decline, conservation biologists and resource managers are increasingly interested in conducting research evaluating the presence and persistence of amphibians in a region. Dr. Melissa Pilgrim and her undergraduate research group, Upstate Herpetology, will show the audience standard techniques used to identify the presence and abundance of amphibians in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. Please be prepared to catch some animals…& get wet and muddy!!



September 27th – Landscape Architect, Mark Byington will be presenting, “The Nature of Landscape,” at the Landrum Library at 6:30 p.m.!


Mark Byington will discuss the residential landscape and its place in natural ecosystems. Reflecting on patterns that have defined home landscapes over the past century, Mark will illustrate how the landscapes of today are so often disconnected with naturally occurring ecosystems, and will offer methods to help bridge that gap. Presenting the case for embracing new trends in garden design, and focusing on sustainable design and management practices, Mark will present a “rosy” picture for a greener future.

Mark Byington, ASLA is a landscape architect with a wide range of practice experience over the past 33 years. His company, Byington Landscape Architects, is based in Tryon, NC.

This program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

October 22nd - Dan Lazar will present on “the Southern Appalachians During the Ice Age” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.


During the presentation, Mr. Lazar will discuss the animals and plants that were found in this region twenty thousand years ago.  He will also present evidence suggesting the former occurrence of now-extinct species such as Jefferson’s Ground Sloth and the American Mastodon.  The presentation will show images depicting ice age species still surviving in our Southern Mountains.
sloth and mastadon(Photo Credit: © George )


Dan Lazar served for many years as Director of Education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as Executive Director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Program at the North Carolina Arboretum since 2005, teaching a variety of classes including Ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Introduction to Insects, Tree Identification, and Meteorology. Dan also has co-hosted “Nature News,” a weekly radio program broadcast on WTZQ Hendersonville, since 1993.

November 5th - Denise Furr, an Adjunct Curator of Malacology (Mollusks) at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, NC, will present a program on “The Secret Lives of Snails,” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.


Join an exploratory session on the most overlooked animals in the forest.  Snails do so much for us, yet no one seems to know much about them or pay them much attention.  Come learn about the strange habits of snails and slugs and, weather permitting, take a short walk in the preserve to see where they live.  The program includes a power point presentation and a close up look at the live animals.



More to come!

Please look forward to the PAC Fall Hiking Series will begin mid-September!

Schedule coming soon!

Hiking Challenge

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 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

Click here for directions to the Landrum Library (Spartanburg County Public Libraries)