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.)!


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Programs at Walnut Creek Preserve, Programs at the Landrum Library, and more!

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

Click here for a list of all of our 2017 scheduled events…so far!


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.


June 17 – Tanya Poole, NCWRC Education Specialist, will present, “For the Love of Bats!”

Join us to learn about the only flying mammals, bats.  NCWRC regional educator, Tanya Poole, will discuss some of the bat species found in WNC, where they live, and why they are beneficial to have around.  She will also share the most recent research on White Nose Syndrome and the NCWRC’s bat conservation efforts.

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.

The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment 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. It is the only place in North America that 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 that all of 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 and 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, including the identification of 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 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!

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 “Water Runs Down Hill – The Pacolet River from the Mountains to the Sea” at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Turner will discuss the fact that rivers tie us together and why it is important to guard the quality of our waterways.  He will also be discussing and how programs like ‘Adopt-a-Stream’ can be used to oversee water quality.   He will also include information about the Watershed Ecology Center and its role in educating future guardians of our resources.


Join us for a Farm Tour of Mushroom Mountain!

Farm Tour1) You must register and pay at the Mushroom Mountain website

2) then, please call PAC (828-859-5060) to let us know you’ll be coming

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.