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 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.)!



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 Conservation Celebration, Aug. 26th!

Conservation Celebration







Join us on Saturday, August 26th from 4-8 p.m. at Taylor Ranch, a privately-owned 500-acre working Quarter Horse and Texas Longhorn Cattle Ranch in Fletcher, NC. Experience scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, and a tranquil 7-acre lake as you enjoy an evening with friends that share a deep love for our lands and waters. Proceeds conserve the farms, forests, parks, mountains, streams, and scenery that make our region special.

Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DATE & join us “For Land’s Sake!” September 22nd!

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Join us “For Land’s Sake!” on Friday, September 22nd, at Thanksgiving Farm, the home of Alan and Jenny Taylor.  Thanksgiving Hill has been the site of Thanksgiving Day hunt meets for many years.  We will enjoy the lovely views of the pastures and woodlands with mountains in the distance. 

Pat Strother, of Impeccable Taste Catering, will once again do the food.  

More information coming soon!

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.


September 23 – “Why is there such high biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?” 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 focus on describing a little of the astounding local biodiversity and explaining why this region supports such a profusion of life. It will be illustrated with her photographs, many of which are taken from Mountain Nature, and she’ll bring a few books for sale if you haven’t already purchased your own copy!

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 “Cherokee People and Invasive Species!”

Learn local historical facts you never knew you never knew. Contemplate ageless teaching stories. Convert kudzu into a small nest that will hold jelly bean eggs. Come prepared with questions. 

Nancy Basket helped form the first modern basketry guild in Seattle in 1980, moved to SC ten years later and teaches in public schools as an artist in education since then. She makes pine needle and kudzu baskets large and miniature,  lamp shades, paper designs, kudzu cloth and large 8′ sculptures depicting Cherokee stories. All can be seen at her shop in Walhalla. Her last name and Cherokee heritage is from her father’s line and she frequently tells stories at powwows. 

Optional workshop – after the presentation, Nancy will be offering a Hands-On Coiled Kudzu Basket Making Workshop from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The workshop is $20 per person. Limited space is available and pre-registration, by November 1, is required.

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Click 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!


August 29 – 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.

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


Congratulations to the PAC Spring Hiking Challenge achievers!

Hiking challenge winnersThese 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!

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.