Kid-friendly event, “Misunderstood Wildlife and More!”

Published 11:08 am Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Join Conserving Carolina for a free lecture entitled, “Misunderstood Wildlife and More!,” presented by Steve O’Neil, Executive Director of Earthshine Nature Programs, on Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve.


The event will include an up-close and personal introduction to some of the most important and yet most misunderstood wild creatures – the reptiles that live in our backyards – and maybe even in our basements and attics! This program will focus on many of the more misunderstood animals we share our world with. These animals are integral parts of a healthy ecosystem, healthy earth, and healthy humans, yet they have been misunderstood and mistreated by many for centuries. It’s time to end the misunderstandings and build some respect for our wild friends.


This program will include LIVE ANIMALS and will be perfect for all ages!  So, come out and bring the kids to meet Steve and his friends and learn some amazing secrets of our less-than-cuddly wild neighbors.


Steve is from Hendersonville, North Carolina and has worked as an interpretive naturalist for many years and with many organizations. Currently, he is a naturalist and environmental science educator with Trails Carolina, and he is the Executive Director of Earthshine Nature Programs.  


This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab,


Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center is located at 179 Conservatory Lane, Mill Spring, NC.

The next program at Walnut Creek Preserve will be held on October 15, when Tanya Poole, NC Wildlife Resources Commission Education Specialist, will present, “For the Love of Bats!” 

For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group).  


Conserving Carolina, your local land trust, is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world. For more info visit,


Submitted by Pam Torlina