PAC offers a free kids & parents environmental education program July 18

Published 10:00 pm Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kids learning about nature with PAC (photo by Jen Pace)

Kids learning about nature with PAC (photo by Jen Pace)

Parents and their children are invited to join the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) on Friday, July 18, for a free and fun outdoor activity; a Nature Walk and Video-Microscope Show at the PAC owned Norman Wilder Forest. This Kids and Parents Environmental Education Program will be conducted by Tommy Lytle, a local botanist and naturalist working with PAC through a grant from Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., of Spartanburg.
The program will begin with about an hour of nature interpretation, as the group walks the preserve grounds with Tommy. Then, Tommy will use a video-microscope to show the group some of the microscopic plants and animals that also live in the area, but often go unseen.
Those interested in attending the PAC Kids and Parents Environmental Education Program are asked to register by calling the PAC office at 828-859-5060, or by e-mailing Tommy Lytle at Participants are asked to meet at the Norman Wilder Forest parking area, off of Hwy 176 between Tryon and Saluda, at 8:25 a.m. to check in. Directions to the nature preserve can be found at the PAC website at The nature walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until approximately 10:00 am. Free refreshments will be provided.
Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and may want to bring a snack and plenty of water. Please be sure to bring any personal medication that may be required. In case of inclement weather, please contact Tommy Lytle at no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day of the program to see if the activity will take place.
PAC is a  non-profit 501(c)(3) qualified conservation organization (land trust) that works with landowners to ensure the long-term protection of their land through voluntary conservation easements.
Conservation easements enable landowners to maintain ownership and management of their property, preserving precious natural resources (open lands, forests, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, farmland, stream banks, etc.), and potentially obtain significant federal, state, and local tax benefits. PAC’s mission is to protect and conserve our area’s natural resources with a vision of a community living and growing in harmony with our natural heritage and a goal to provide a legacy that will endure and be valued by generations to come.

– article submitted
by Pam Torlina

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