Live animals will be on display during child-friendly event Aug. 11

Published 8:00 am Friday, August 3, 2018

Conserving Carolina is organizing a free lecture, titled “Misunderstood Wildlife,” which will be presented by Executive Director and Head Naturalist of Earthshine Nature Programs Steve O’Neil at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.

O’Neil will present a live animal program focusing on many of the misunderstood animals humans share the world with. These animals are an integral part of a healthy ecosystem, healthy earth and healthy human existence, yet they have been misunderstood and mistreated by many for centuries, organizers said. 

O’Neil with share more information on these species to help people put aside their misunderstandings and in turn build respect and admiration for the animals, organizers said. The naturalist will have several animals with him for attendees to meet and hold, such as snakes, turtles, tortoises and possibly even an opossum. 

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This is a free program that is open to the public, and will include live animals, so parents are encouraged to bring their children.

The lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.    

For more information or directions, people may contact Conserving Carolina at 828-697-5777, ext. 301, or email 

The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, when Dr. Gillian Newberry will return for an encore of her “What Tree is That?” presentation. The program will take place at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at 10:30 a.m.

Walnut Creek Preserve is private property, and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). 

For more information on the program, people may visit

– Submitted by

Pam Torlina