Earthshine Nature Programs teaches nature knowledge, awareness and conservation through exciting hands on education to people of all ages. There are many branches of ENP—
Turtle Tracks is a unique wildlife conservation, research and environmental education program that is studying the Eastern Box Turtle. We are following several wild box turtles with mark-recapture and radio telemetry techniques in order to learn more about their habits, habitats and interactions with humans and our domestic animals. Contact us to set up a visit with us at the Earthshine Discovery Center. Journey out into the fields and forests with Steve on your very own turtle tracking expedition where you will get to experience what it is like to be a wildlife researcher following a wild box turtle! You can learn more about the Turtle Tracks program by clicking here or follow the link on the Our programs link on the right. Sign up for updates from the Turtle Tracks project by following our blog.
Snake Tracks, like Turtle Tracks, is also a wildlife conservation, research and environmental education program that is studying the Timber Rattlesnake. Currently, we are following the movements of two wild rattlesnakes with radio telemetry techniques in order to learn more about their natural movements in the deep forests near Earthshine. We have named the male snake Utsa'nätï --the Cherokee word for Rattlesnake and the female is named Zoe. We plan to follow these snakes for several years in order to learn all that we can about their travels and to educate you on the interesting, beautiful and greatly misunderstood life of the Timber rattlesnake. We will bring you updates on their travels on their blog in the form of photos, videos and maps but unlike Turtle Tracks we do not plan to take folks into the field in search of the snakes or reveal their exact locations...for obvious reasons. Learn more about Snake Tracks on their website and sign up for updates from the Snake Tracks project by following our blog.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
We specialize in reptiles, amphibians and Opossums that have been injured due to encounters with humans and their machines, lost their homes due to habitat destruction, were former pets whose origins are unknown and also those animals whose injuries do not allow them to be released back into the wild. We work with local verterinarians to do all possible to heal the injured animals and get them back out into their habitats as fast as possible. Non-releasable animals may become residents of one of our two facilities where they work as animal ambassadors at our nature centers and on the road via our outreach programs to educate people of all ages on the value and beauty of wildlfie and nature. Learn more about the R&R program by following the Our programs link on the right.
Outreach Programs. Earthshine Nature Programs will come to your school, camp, birthday party or other organization in the Western North Carolina or Upstate South Carolina community. Click the Our programs link on the right for more information.
Earthshine Nature Programs is a not for profit organization and a separate entity from Earthshine Mountain Lodge and Trails Carolina. We are currently in the lengthy process of acquiring our 501 (C) 3 status. Our staff is 100% volunteer so 100% of all donations are used to cover the operating costs of our in house and out reach education programing, wildlife conservation projects, animal care, wildlife rehabilitation work and equipment costs.
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