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!

Monthly Calendar of Events, click here:

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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:

 

August 23rd, Tim Lee, Naturalist and Interpreter for South Carolina Parks and Recreation’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, will present, “Wildlife and Wildflowers,” a program on plant and animal interactions, at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

Have you ever wondered why hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers? Why some plants appear to never be visited by animals? Why or how a plant would eat an animal! Plants and animals interact in many fascinating and complex ways that play an important role in the survival of both plant and animal. Join us as we explore and discover the many interactions among wildlife and plants.

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Tim Lee helping with a PAC/TGC native plant rescue in 2013

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


September 27th, Lisa Wagner of the South Carolina Botanical Garden will present a program on “Creating a Native Woodland Garden” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) at 10:30 a.m.

The plants that grow in our native forest communities provide a wonderful plant palette for creating diverse and beautiful woodland gardens using Eastern North American natives. Spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, foamflower, black cohosh, woodland phlox, and Solomon’s seal are native woodland garden favorites, while characteristic native shrubs and trees in the mid- and upper canopy creates a beautiful supporting framework.  Lisa will describe the process of creating a woodland garden, how to choose the appropriate species for your site, and review some of their characteristics and growth habits.

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years.  A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s also a naturalist, writer, blogger, and educator.  She is a frequent host on the gardening call-in shows on YourDay, a production of Clemson Video Productions broadcast on SC-ETV radio.  She does landscape consultations to benefit programs at non-profits in the Carolinas, especially gardens!  Her award-winning blog Natural Gardening reflects her gardening and nature experiences. She and her husband, Tim Spira, divide their time between Asheville, NC and Clemson, SC, where they’ve restored natural habitat, planted pollinator-friendly gardens, and converted lawns to natives.

 photoLisa Wagner botanizing on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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


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

(more info. to come!)

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


PAC Plans “For Land’s Sake!” Fall Fundraiser

NY Times Best Selling Author, Mary Alice Monroe, to Attend

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) has scheduled its fall fundraiser, For Land’s Sake, to be held Sunday, September 7th.  The event will include dinner, drinks, live music by classical guitarist Paul Bowman, and a silent auction.

A special guest will be in attendance at the event. Mary Alice Monroe is a New York Times best-selling author and active conservationist. The author of over a dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children’s books, her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature. She has explored the problems of endangered sea turtles (The Beach House), raptors (Skyward)and the indigenous grass and endangered ecosystem (Sweetgrass). Her new Lowcountry Summer trilogy (The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind) deals with the plight of the Bottlenose Dolphin.

Proceeds from the event will go towards PAC’s land saving projects.  Tickets are $100 per person ($75 is tax deductible).  The event will be held at Freehold Farm, the home of John and Cindy Boyle, 375 Fairview Farm Road, Campobello, SC.  Anyone interested in attending the event on Sept. 7th should contact the PAC office at 828-859-5060.

Mary Alice photo 1Author and special guest, Mary Alice Monroe


 

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