Earthshine Nature Programs teaches scienced based 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 such as snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards, insects and the Opossum. You will learn 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 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 and wildlife rehabilitators to do all that is possible to heal these injured animals and get them back out into their 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. Learn more about the R&Rprogram by following the Our programslink on the right.
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 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 are the future of automotive transportation 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 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. Since 2008 we have been 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. Journey out into the fields and forests with naturalist Steve on your very own turtle tracking expedition where you will get to experience what it is like to be a wildlife conservationist following a wild animal in the field! 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.
Contact us to set up a turtle tracking expedition at the Earthshine Discovery Center.
Snake Tracks, like Turtle Tracks, is also a wildlife conservation, research and environmental education program that is studying wild Timber Rattlesnakes and Black Rat snakes. Currently, we are following the movements of two wild rattlesnakes and two wild Rat snakes with radio telemetry techniques in order to learn more about their natural movements in the deep forests near Earthshine and at our base of operations near Dupont Forest.
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 Timber rattlesnakes and Rat snakes. 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 rattlesnakes or reveal their exact locations...for obvious reasons. Learn more about Snake Tracks on their website and sign up to receive updates from the field by following our blog.
UPDATE: In 2015 we will be starting a new Timber rattlesnake radio telemetry project in partnership with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission that will be tracking the movements of 5 adult Timber rattlesnakes in the remote forests of Transylvania and Henderson counties. The goal of this project is to locate and protect the denning and high usage areas of this threatened population of greatly misunderstood reptiles.
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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