Earthshine Nature Programs will come to you!
Learn about our native wildlife and nature in a hands on program where you will meet many of our education animals in a one on one face to face way that you will never forget! Wildlife program choices include reptiles and amphibians, animal adaptations, habitats, endangered species and wildlife conservation, native wildlife, connectedness and the web of life.
1-1.5 hour programs: $175
Contact us if you would like a program to be longer than 1.5 hours or you would like to have multiple programs in the same day. We offer discounts for multiple programs in the same location on the same day.
Payment is expected on the date of the program. However, if you have honest trouble paying for your program due to budget restrictions and the like please do not feel like this will limit you from having a program at your school or event. There may be limited grants avaliable to cover part or even 100% of the program so please contact us so we can talk about other payment options.
Also, depending on the size of your class or group, there is always the option of having each child bring $5-$10 from home to help pay for the program.
The Nature of the Didgeridoo
This is a unique program about the ancient Australian Aboriginal musical instrument the Didgeridoo. The Didgeridoo literally has its roots in the nature of the Outback of Australia and 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, tell you a part factual and part mythical story about the creation of the worlds oldest woodwind instrument while demonstrating how to play and then everyone will have the opportunity to construct their own bamboo* didgeridoo to take home.
*bamboo is locally grown and harvested by Steve.
1.5-2 hour programs: $225 *This program costs $50 more than Steve's other programs due to the cost of supplies and longer prep time--but it is well worth it.
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 and wildlife 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, saved loads of money, and with this program you can learn how, like Steve, you can “Kick Gas” and experience the freedom and joy of driving electric!
1.5-2 hour program: $100 *This program is discounted because Steve feels that EV knowledge just needs to get out there to the general public.
SPECIAL EVENTS! Steve will bring his critters, didgeridoos, solar panels, and his EV to you for your birthday party, wedding, festival, shindig, corporate retreat or any other event you can dream up!
Pricing Schedule 1.5hr-6hour programs $175-$350 (variable based on time, program wanted and distance from base.)
Call Steve for more information on any of our program offerings: (828) 606-8939
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. Visit us at Earthshine Discovery Center and journey out into the fields and forests with a guide 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 box turtle!
Many turtle tracking expeditions are filmed by Steve and placed on his youtube.com site so you can watch your field expedition online once you return home. Check out a video compilation of the 2008 turtle tracking season here to see Turtle Tracks in action!
For detailed information on the Turtle Tracks project you can check out the main Turtle Tracks page here.
2-3 hour program: $35.00/person
Payment is expected on the date of the program.
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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 Zoe. We plan to follow them for several years, ending the study in spring of 2015, 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 them or reveal their exact locations...for obvious reasons. Follow in Snake Tracks on their website.
Note: If you are a herpetologist, biologist, naturalist or scientist with a genuine interest and a valid reason to visit the rattlesnakes, then there is a possibility that you could accompany Steve into the field on a tracking day. Please contact us if you have questions.
The Earthshine R&R program rescues injured eastern box turtles, snakes and Opossums from encounters with human machines and domestic animals. We work with local veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators to help the animals recover before releasing them back into their home habitats. Some of these animals however have either lost their habitats or have major injuries that will not allow them to be released back into the wild. These animals may become permanent education animals at our nature center facility or at the Earthshine Discovery Center's turtle enclosure. Come our resident education ambassadors Tripod, Rose, Woody, Meredith, Chewy and Rowdy today or check out the main R&R page.
Visit Us Today!
The Earthshine Nature Center at The Earthshine Discovery Center was the original home of Earthshine Nature Programs. This location is very special to us because it is where we began and will always be very close to our hearts. It has changed a bit over the years but is now located in the area of the main lodge's office and is managed entirely by the wonderful staff of Earthshine Discovery Center. ENP's primary base of operations is now located on the campus of The Academy at Trails Carolina. Both sites are home to our resident education animals as well as the sites of our research projects including Turtle Tracks, Snake Tracks, R&R, and more. If you would like to visit the Earthshine Discovery center site please call Earthshine's office at 828-862-4207 for reservations. To visit the Earthshine Nature Programs nature and science center please contact Steve at 828-606-8939 to make reservations.
All visits to the both Nature Centers are COST FREE but donations are gladly accepted.
The Earthshine Nature Blog is a free online blog that that follows the Turtle Tracks, Snake Tracks projects and other nature happenings at Earthshine Nature. To read and follow the blog just click here.
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