Earthshine Nature Programs teaches science focused wildlife and nature conservation, awareness, renewable energy, and indigeneous music lessons through exciting hands on outreach education and field study programs to people and groups of all ages.
There are many branches of ENP—
Outreach Programs: Wildlife Conservation, Music and Renewable Energy
Wildlife Conservation Program Offerings
Earthshine Nature Programs will come to your school, camp, birthday party, other organization or special event in the Western North Carolina/Upstate South Carolina/East Tennessee or Northeast Georgia communities. We will introduce you to some of our more misunderstood native wildlife species such as snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards, insects and the Opossum. You will learn all about them and the important roles they play in nature and their interconnectedness to the web of life.
Through our unique hands on wildlife programs you will meet our education animals in a face to face way that you will never forget!
Wildlife outreach program choices include misunderstood wildlife, reptiles and amphibians, animal adaptations, wildlife conservation, connectedness and the web of life, or a combination of the above.
Click the Our programs link on the right for more information.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
We specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of 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, and also those animals whose injuries do not allow them to be released back into the wild.
We work with local verterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators to do all that is possible to heal these injured animals and get them back out into their native habitats as fast as possible.
Non-releasable animals may become animal ambassadors at our nature center and go on the road via our outreach programs to educate people of all ages on the intrinsic value and beauty of all wildlfie and nature.
The Nature of the Didgeridoo
This is a unique music education and experiential education program all about the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument known as the Didgeridoo. The Didgeridoo has its roots deep in the nature of the Outback of Australia. The sound and story of the Didgeridoo is unique and unusually beautiful and a must for all music buffs and classes to experience. Steve will bring his Didgeridoos to you and tell you a part factual and part mythical story about the creation of one of the world’s oldest musical instruments while demonstrating how to play and then everyone will have the opportunity to construct their own bamboo didgeridoo to take home!
Electric Vehicles 101
ENP's Executive Director Steve O'Neil is passionate about nature, wildlife conservation, the didgeridoo…and Electric Vehicles (EV’s).
He feels that by owning an EV a person will be helping to protect and conserve nature by driving a vehicle that does not pollute as much as gasoline powered vehicles--especially if the EV is powered by renewable energies.
Steve feels that fossil fuels should be retired and that EV’s and renewble energy are the future of automotive transportation and energy production for the world.
In this unique program, Steve will drive a Nissan Leaf fully electric vehicle to your location, go over its features, demonstrate its workings, take you for a test ride/drive (depending on the numbers in your group) and answer all of your questions about this clean, green, smart, and surprisingly affordable technology that is here to stay.
Steve has driven tens of thousands of gas free miles in his EV, and with this program you can learn how, like Steve, you can “Kick Gas” and experience the freedom and joy of driving electric!
Wildlife Conservation Projects
Turtle Tracks is a unique wildlife conservation, research and environmental education program that is studying the Eastern Box Turtle. Between 2008 and 2016 we followed in the tracks of several wild box turtles in their native habitats with mark-recapture and radio telemetry techniques in order to learn more about their habits, habitats and interactions with humans and our domestic animals.
Snake Tracks, like Turtle Tracks, is also a wildlife conservation, research and environmental education program that is studying wild snakes in their native habitats. In the past we have followed two wild Timber rattlesnakes and currently we are tracking one wild Rat snake in order to learn more about his natural movements in the deep forests outside our base of operations on the campus of The Academy at Trails Carolina near Dupont Forest, NC.
We plan to follow this snake and possibly one more 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 these unique and often very misunderstood creatures. We will bring you updates on their travels on their blog in the form of photos, videos and maps. Learn more about Snake Tracks on their website and sign up to receive updates from the field by following our blog.
Hold a snake for the first time!
Go on a turtle tracking expedition!
Forget the box...think OUTSIDE!
Kick Gas and go EV!
Call Us Today!
Interested in booking Earthshine Nature Programs for a program, party or special event at your school, camp, business, church or home?
Give Steve O'Neil a call today at
Earthshine Nature Programs is a 501c3 not for profit organization and a separate entity from Earthshine Discovery Center and Trails Carolina. Our staff is 100% volunteer so 100% of all donations are used to cover the operating and materials costs of our in-house and out reach education programing, wildlife science and conservation projects and programs, animal care and wildlife rehabilitation work.
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