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Earthshine Nature Programs is a small, volunteer-owned and operated, not-for-profit, environmental education and conservation organization with IRS 501c3 status.

We are based in Pisgah Forest, NC, and serve all of WNC, Upstate SC, and East Tennessee. 


We teach science-focused nature and wildlife conservation, renewable energy and electric vehicle awareness, and indigenous music appreciation through exciting hands-on outreach programming to people of all ages and all walks of life. 


We operate on 100% solar-sourced renewable energy! Learn all about our student-built classroom solar array! 

This is what we do.

Please consider supporting our current fundraiser - read more about it on

this page or visit our 

GoFundMe campaign

We have resumed our regular programming but will adjust and adapt as the experts recommend.


We have also adapted to the post-pandemic new normal by working with our friends and supporters to create the


*Science Steve's Nature and Science Adventure Pod of Discovery  

It is a unique, solar-powered, mobile outreach classroom system intentionally designed and constructed to bring our programming to you in a well-ventilated outdoor environment. Read more about it via this link.

We are always available for phone, virtual, and in-person consultations relating to wildlife/environmental inquiries and issues.


Mission Statement, Purpose, Vision, and Values

Earthshine Nature Programs (ENP) was founded in 2010 by naturalist Steve O'Neil.  Our mission is to provide a unique learning environment and opportunities for everyone that will foster a lasting interest, understanding, respect, love, and hopefully greater conservation of wildlife, wild places, and the natural environment that supports us all.  

We provide exciting, educational, hands-on experiential, environmental education outreach programming to the local and regional communities by taking our science-focused, nature and wildlife awareness and conservation and renewable energy awareness message to schools, libraries, camps, churches, special events, festivals, and other organizations.  Our primary service area is Transylvania, Buncombe, and Henderson, but we also venture out into all of WNC, Upstate South Carolina, and East Tennessee. We also share our message with our worldwide audience via our website, YouTube channel, blogs, and Facebook pages. 

We have worked together with our volunteers, students, and supporters, to create and maintain a one-of-a-kind, fully solar-powered, nature and science education classroom/lab that is open to our students throughout the week and to the public by appointment.

We provide a science-focused wildlife and nature conservation and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility for the continued conservation and study of our native wildlife and wild places with our primary focus being the wildlife and wild places of Transylvania County, NC.

We function as a collaborative entity seeking to partner with other like-minded organizations in Transylvania County and beyond, with the goals of wildlife and nature conservation, education and exploration, nature and science awareness, and the promotion and expansion of domestically-produced, distributed, renewable energy resources, and electric vehicles and their support infrastructure.


One of our future goals is to provide volunteer utility vehicle assistance to local and regional organizations working to conserve and study wildlife and wild places, as well as assistance to Transylvania County organizations and residents who need the use of a utility vehicle - but may not have access or the means to pay for the service.  To do this we need a new utility vehicle - if you are interested in assisting us in making this goal a reality - please visit our

new outreach vehicle fundraiser page.   

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