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.)!

 

 

PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) 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 Delores Lastinger.

NEW!  PAC & Landrum Library Programs

In 2016, PAC will be offering free educational programs at the Landrum Library!  Keep an eye on the schedule below for program dates, times, and details.

The PAC/Landrum Library programs are made possible thanks to a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

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(Scroll down to find out more about upcoming programs!)


2016 PAC program schedule:

June 25th – Dr. Richard McDonald, an entomologist with Symbiont Biological Pest Management, will present, “Beetles Save Needles,” a presentation on the biological control of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid using the beetle, Laricobius nigrinus (“Lari”).  The program will take place at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
This presentation will provide a brief background and history of the project, describing Symbiont Biological Pest Management’s work with HWA, and how, in 2006, they found out that HWA is NATIVE to the western US! This discovery was a game changer in the race to save our hemlocks as they discovered natural predators of HWA, also native to the US!Dr. McDonald has a Ph.D. In Entomology from Virginia Tech and is the former Biological Control Administrator and State Apiarist for NC. Moving to western NC in 1996, he began working on biological control of the HWA in 1999.

HWA and Lari shown (3)A Laricobius nigrinus beetle feeding on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a non-native and invasive insect killing Eastern and Carolina Hemlock.


July 12 – Emily Walker, groups and education manager at Chimney Rock State Park will present, “Animals of Appalachia” at the Landrum Library‘s Family Fun Night at 6:00 p.m.

The interactive program will be presented by Chimney Rock State Park’s groups and education manager, Emily Walker.  Walker promises to bring in some LIVE animals, so this will be a great program for adults and children alike, and there is no charge for the event.

Emily Walker, who had a background as a wildlife rehabilitor before working at Chimney Rock State Park, joined the Park in 2005 in hopes of sharing her passion for the outdoors and wildlife with students and other guests visiting the Park.

During her presentation, Walker will help participants learn about wildlife indigenous to the area, their characteristics, threats to certain populations, and what you can do to coexist with our sometimes misunderstood neighbors.

IMG_4226_1This program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.


July 23 – Jennie Giles and David Weintraub will present, “Come Hell or High Water – Remembering the 1916 Flood” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

Come Hell or High Water is a forum discussing the history of WNC’s worst natural disaster– the 1916 flood featuring discussions with mountain elders and experts about what happened, what have we learned, how prepared we are today and where we need to go to better protect our community.
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Click here for more information about this program

August 6th – Dr. Bill Stringer, a retired professor of crop science at Clemson University, will present on native grasses at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
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August 30 – naturalist, Tim Lee will present “Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi” at the Landrum Library at 6:30 p.m.

Tim LeeThis program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.


September 13th – Landscape Architect, Mark Byington will be presenting at the Landrum Library at 6 p.m.!
(more information to come!)
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This program is made possible by a Free Community Events grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

September 17th – Melissa Pilgrim,Director of Research and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of South Carolina Upstate will present on Amphibians at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
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October 22nd - Dan Lazar will present on “the Southern Appalachians During the Ice Age” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
During the presentation, Mr. Lazar will discuss the animals and plants that were found in this region twenty thousand years ago.  He will also present evidence suggesting the former occurrence of now-extinct species such as Jefferson’s Ground Sloth and the American Mastodon.  The presentation will show images depicting ice age species still surviving in our Southern Mountains.
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Dan Lazar served for many years as Director of Education at the Western North Carolina Nature Center, followed by several years as Executive Director of the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Dan has a degree in Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He has been an instructor in the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate Program at the North Carolina Arboretum since 2005, teaching a variety of classes including Ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Introduction to Insects, Tree Identification, and Meteorology. Dan also has co-hosted “Nature News,” a weekly radio program broadcast on WTZQ Hendersonville, since 1993.


November 5th - Denise Furr, an Adjunct Curator of Malacology (Mollusks) at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, NC, will present a program on “The Secret Lives of Snails,” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.

Join an exploratory session on the most overlooked animals in the forest.  Snails do so much for us, yet no one seems to know much about them or pay them much attention.  Come learn about the strange habits of snails and slugs and, weather permitting, take a short walk in the preserve to see where they live.  The program includes a power point presentation and a close up look at the live animals.

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More to come!


Please look forward to the PAC Fall Hiking Series will begin mid-September!

Schedule coming soon!

Hiking Challenge

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 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

Click here for directions to the Landrum Library (Spartanburg County Public Libraries)