Earthshine Nature Programs Open House/Benefit Event Reminder

2 May

The countdown has started!

Only 10 days remain!

On May 12, 2012

Earthshine Nature Programs will hold an

Open House/Benefit event!

Event Time: 11:00 am-5:00pm

Event Location: Earthshine Mountain Lodge 1600 Golden Road Lake Toxaway, NC 28747

Bring the family and join us for an open house and benefit for Earthshine Nature Programs. Learn all about our in-house and outreach wildlife and nature programs, wildlife rehabilitation efforts and unique reptile conservation education projects featuring Eastern box turtles and Timber rattlesnakes.

Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy during the introduction by Naturalist Steve O’Neil.  After lunch have some wonderful chocolatey gourmet deserts made at Earthshine and gelato from Kiwi Gelato in Brevard.  Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.

Throughout the day kids of all ages will enjoy creating a custom tie-dyed t-shirt (new t-shirts will be provided) to take home as a memento.

Listen to some earth-shaking drones on the didgeridoo by local didgeridoo master John Vorus and Earthshine Naturalist Steve O’Neil with Jason Alfrey on percussion.  Then the Naughty Pillows will introduce you to their unique and beautiful harmonies from the heart.   We are planning to  have an open jam session after the event at ~5:30pm so if you play an instrument feel free to being it along and jam with us.

Throughout the day the ole timey sounds of Benny and Shawn will be heard as the wandering minstrels stroll merrily about the mountaintop while pickin’ and grinnin’.

After lunch visit the nature center’s animals and then take a short hike to meet one of our study animals in the field.  The nature center will be open all day and it will be staffed by knowledgeable naturalists and volunteers so feel free to visit with the animals any time you like.

Participate in a silent auction of many unique wildlife/nature/outdoor themed items that have been created by local artists and donated by many local businesses to help us raise funds to support our work–all donations are tax deductible.  As of 4/1/12 local artists that have donated their works include: Christina Ramsey, Linda Martinson, Jenny Geer-Hardwick and Jim Hardy.  Local businesses that have contributed to the auction include: Earthshine Lodge, Kiwi Gelato, Headwaters Outfitters, Looking Glass Outfitters, Jets Pizza, O.P. Taylors, Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Pure Pets, Elements SpaLa Petite Spa, The Forest Place, The Gatekeepers Table, Twin Dragons, Healthy Harvest Natural Foods, Hallelujah Natural Foods, Braken Mountain Bakery, Pad Thai,   …more soon!  All  proceeds from the silent auction directly supports the continued operation of our in-house and outreach nature education, wildlife rehabilitation efforts, conservation programs and projects.

Attend our special nature programs in the lodge hosted by regional experts to learn more about the wonderful wildlife and nature that we share our local world with. Programs include: Earthshine Nature Programs by Naturalist Steve O’Neil (this program will be presented during the introduction at 11:00), The Green Salamander by Alan Cameron and The Hellbender (aka: Snot Otter) by NC Wildlife Resources Commission Field Biologist Lori Williams.

Close out the day on the trail on a native wildflower/mushroom/reptile and amphibian hike led by Naturalists Clint Calhoun, Steve O’Neil, John Vorus, Lori Williams and Alan Cameron.  We will be sure to uncover many interesting wild things on this wonderful moderate level hike guided by some of the most knowledgeable naturalists in the area!

All scheduled events begin promptly on time beginning at 11:00 am so arrive early to get a good parking spot.  Parking lot opens at 10am.

Event happens rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather the guided hike will become a wildflower/native plants of the area  slideshow in the lodge.

For more information and to view the schedule of events go to the ENP website.

Updates/changes will be posted on this Blog and on the ENP website.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation please follow this link to our donate page.  THANK YOU!

Earthshine Nature Programs is a not for profit 501c3 organization that is a separate entity from Earthshine Mountain Lodge.   All  proceeds from the sale of t-shirts, confections, Gelato, donations and from the silent auction directly supports the continued operation of our in-house and outreach nature education, wildlife rehabilitation efforts, conservation programs and projects.

NOTE: Photos by Steve Atkins, Will Thomas, Jim Hardy, Aaron Weed,  Mark Tegges and Steve O’Neil.

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