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.

Monthly Calendar of Events, click here:

April Calendar

May Calendar



Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at Harmon Field!
Join PAC for our annual fundraiser:

10th Annual PACWalk for Preservation
4th Annual PACRun 5K Trail Run      

PACWalk flyerClick here to download the flyer

Spring Hiking Series

April 19SATURDAYChestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, PAC/FHS. Celebrate Earth Day with your pooch on this PAC/Foothills Humane Society hike!

Due to the weather, this hike has been canceled.  It is rescheduled for Sunday, April 27th.  The time and meeting place will remain the same.     Click on the link below for more inforation.

*Contact Dana Mayer at 828-859-1852 if you are interested in taking a shelter dog for a walk on this hike!

Click here for more information

Don’t forget about PAC’s Hiking Challenge! 

Complete FIVE hikes and receive this custom bumper sticker acknowledging your accomplishment!

Hiking Challenge

Click here to download the 2014 Spring Hiking Series brochure!

earth in hands2CELEBRATE EARTH DAY with PAC and LaurelHurst!

Join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and LauralHurst for a free screening of the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, on Earth Day, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. at LaurelHurst, 1064 W. Mills St. in Columbus.

Green Fire is the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

Green fireThis film was purchased with funds obtained from a native plant rescue and sale done in collaboration with the Tryon Garden Club.

PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) Programs

Each month, 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.

PAC is working on the schedule of presenters for 2014.  Here is what we have planned so far:


On May 10th, Tim Spira, a professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University and author of Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont will present “Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification.”

While wildflower identification is fun, it’s really just the beginning rather than the end of the journey. The purpose of this presentation is to help you interpret common features of native wildflowers and thereby enhance your understanding and appreciation of nature. For example, have you ever wondered why flowers are so incredibly variable in size, color, shape, and fragrance? Why fruits change color as they age? Or, why leaves differ in size, shape, texture, and color? Tim will address these questions and more as he discusses some of the many interesting adaptations of our native plants.  He will also have his books available for purchase.

SpiraTim Spira.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation

On June 28th, botanist David Campbell will present on “Polk County’s Most Wanted-Notes From the Field,” a follow up to the popular monthly article and exciting news about plants, animals, and habitats that have been located in the County thanks to public involvement and response to the monthly article!

IMG_1613David Campbell

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from Delores Lastinger.

In July 12th, botanist Gillian Newberry, PhD. and creator of the Herbarium at Walnut Creek Preserve, will be presenting!

Dr. Newberry will be talking about the flora of Walnut Creek Preserve and her role in the creation of the Herbarium housed at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt. (more information to come!)

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.          

Gil NewberryDr. Gillian Newberry

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

October 11th, Carlton Burke, Interpretive Naturalist, will be presenting an owl program…with live owls! the program will be held at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

carlton-burkeCarlton Burke with a Red-tailed Hawk

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from Delores Lastinger

November 8th, Patrick McMillan, PhD, will be presenting at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

Patrick is the Director of the SC Botanical Garden, host of ETV’s “Expeditions with Patrick McMillan,” the Director of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, and professor at Clemson University’s School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Sciences.

(more information to come!)

patrick_mcmillanPatrick McMillan

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from Delores Lastinger


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

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