Programs at Walnut Creek Preserve, Programs at the Landrum Library, additional hikes, 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!
Join us for a PACnic,
a potluck picnic for friends of Pacolet Area Conservancy
May 21st from 1-4 p.m.
At the home of Brad and Lisa Broyles,
110 Tomahawk Lane, Saluda.
The property is adjacent to PAC protected land and offers views, a waterfall, and a pond. Bring boots and pants if you would like to walk to the waterfall on the PAC preserve; swimsuit if you plan to dip in the pond. Definitely bring children as in addition to the above activities there is a canoe available for a paddle and lots of animals and to enjoy (leave your own dogs at home this time).
Please RSVP to PAC at (828)859-5060.
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.
April 29 – Simon Thompson, owner of Ventures Birding Tours, will present “Confessions of a Birding Tour Leader”!
Leading a birding or nature trip sounds like a dream job, exploring the world and seeing wonderful sights and animals. But like any adventure things can wrong. Join Simon for a somewhat tongue-in cheek look at the fun and games leading birding tours around the world.
Chestnut-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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
(more info to come!)
Click here to check out her website.
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!)
Congratulations to the PAC Spring Hiking Challenge achievers!
These four women completed every hike offered during PAC’s 2017 Spring Hiking Series, (from left to right) Edie Castello, Jean Shaw (five-time achiever!), Pat Strother, and Mary Alm. Way to go, Ladies!
May 13 – Hikers, and their dogs, are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and the Foothills Humane Society (FHS) for a 5.5-mile hike at Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve in Gowensville, SC.
PAC’s Director of Stewardship and Land Protection, Pam Torlina, will lead the hike from the trail head off of Oak Grove Road to the South Pacolet River. The 5.5-mile hike is 2.75-miles out and 2.75-miles back and it starts out as relatively easy, winding through new growth forest and along several streams, gradually becoming moderately strenuous as the trail ascends Squirrel Mountain through a rich hardwood forest with beautiful rock outcroppings. After reaching the ridge top, the trail descends Squirrel Mountain through a lush cove forest to the South Pacolet River, at the base of Chestnut Ridge.
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
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