Earthshine Nature Programs teaches scienced bases nature knowledge, awareness and conservation through exciting hands on outreach education to people and groups 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 and Black Rat snake. 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 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.
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 animal ambassadors at our nature center 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.
Electric Vehicles 101 -
Steve is passionate about wildlife, the didgeridoo…and Electric Vehicles (EV’s). He 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 you too can “Kick Gas” and experience the freedom and joy of driving electric!
The Nature of the Didgeridoo
The Nature of the Didgeridoo- This is a unique program all about the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument known as the Didgeridoo. The Didgeridoo has its roots 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 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 instruments while demonstrating how to play and then everyone will have the opportunity to construct their own bamboo didgeridoo to decorate and take home!
Wildlife Outreach - Earthshine Nature Programs will come to your school, camp, birthday party, other organization or special event in the Western North Carolina/Upstate South Carolina communities. He will introduce you to some of our more misunderstood native wildlife and their important roles in nature with hands on programs where you will meet our education animals in a face to face way that you will never forget! Wildlife program choices include misunderstood wildlife, reptiles and amphibians, animal adaptations, wildlife conservation, connectedness, and the web of life.
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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, wildlife rehabilitation work.
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