Save the date!
10th Annual PACWalk for Preservation
4th Annual PACRun 5K Trail Run
Saturday, April 26th, 2014
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 email@example.com 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:
Spring Hiking Series
March 7 – Crowders Mountain State Park, Crowders & Rocktop trails
THIS HIKE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER
Rescheduled for March 14th!
Click here for more information about this hike!
March 21 – Kanuga Conference Center, Eagle Rock
March 22 – SATURDAY – Norman Wilder Forest, PAC/FCNC hike
April 4 – Walnut Creek Preserve, PAC/CMLC hike
April 18 – Pisgah National Forest, Avery Creek & Twin Falls
April 19 – SATURDAY – Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, PAC/FHS. Celebrate Earth Day with your pooch on this PAC/Foothills Humane Society hike!
More information to come!
Don’t forget about PAC’s Hiking Challenge!
Complete FIVE hikes and receive this custom bumper sticker acknowledging your accomplishment!
Click here to download the 2014 Spring Hiking Series brochure!
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 April 5th, Dennis Chastain of SC Wildlife magazine will discuss the Cherokee Path and what is known about old Native American paths and roads in Spartanburg County. He will also talk about William Moultrie as one of the original surveyors in this area.
Dennis Chastain is an award-winning outdoor writer, interpretive naturalist and modern-day explorer. He has been writing feature articles for South Carolina Wildlife magazine and other outdoor publications for more than twenty years.
This program is made possible by by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation
On May 10th, Tim Spira, a professor of Biological Sciences at Clemson University and author of Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification.”will present “
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.
This program is made possible 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!
This program is made possible 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 professoris an 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 aidstudents 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.
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!)
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