Thank you to our activity sponsors of

Kids In Nature Day 2019

HoneyBee Real Estate was founded in 2013 by local real estate agent, Kendra Eades, and has since expanded to include a talented and diverse array of agents who cover the greater Charlotte region and surrounding communities, including Lake Norman.  Kendra chose the name HoneyBee to convey their industrious and diligent work ethic to best represent their clients, while also starting conversations about the current plight of the honeybee and other native pollinators.  www.HoneyBeeRealEstate.com

 

A variety of factors threaten pollinator populations locally and around the world. Honeybees pollinate 1/3 of our food crops (including apples, almonds, blueberries, cucumbers, oranges and watermelons), and if the current rate of pollinator deaths continues, our food supply will suffer dramatically.  Please do your part to ensure the survival of these vital creatures!  

The Mecklenburg Audubon Society is the local chapter of the state organization.  Its mission is to protect birds and other wildlife through habitat conservation and education. Monthly meetings with engaging speakers are held at the Tyvola Senior Center the first Thursday of each month. Volunteers lead bird walks for all levels of interest and expertise and participate in partner organizations’ activities. For more information visit https://meckbirds.org/

Mecklenburg County’s nature preserves, including Stevens Creek Nature Preserve, protect the county's biological resources while providing opportunities for environmental education, nature-based programs, and outdoor recreation. Our staff offer more than 5,000 programs annually, manage over 7,600 acres, maintain more than 30 miles of nature trails and 52 miles of greenways, and operate 4 nature centers and a public campground. All preserves are FREE to visit! To find your nearest nature preserve or center, visit www.MeckNC.gov/ParkandRec 

TreesCharlotte was established in 2012 as a public/private nonprofit collaboration to grow and diversify Charlotte’s iconic urban forest by promoting tree stewardship, growing Charlotte’s tree canopy and educating how to plant and preserve trees. Trained volunteers and science-based programs teach residents about the value of trees and how to plant and care for them.  TreesCharlotte focuses on underserved communities and is a 501(c)3.  

 

To learn more about TreesCharlotte, how to be a part of this amazing organization, and general information regarding the care/maintenance of the trees in your area please visit our website at 

https://treescharlotte.org/

 

Anganette Byrd is an Education Coordinator with Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD). We are a local government entity charged with the conservation of natural resources within Mecklenburg County. 

Contact Information: 2145 Suttle Avenue, 

                                  Charlotte, NC 28208 

                                  704-336-2455 

and to learn more about us please visit our website at www.mecklenburgconservation.com

Each page of this new, FREE coloring book features an organism common in the Piedmont of the Carolinas and Georgia. A natural history profile is provided for each species.  Jon Storm and his students at USC Upstate created the coloring book as a fun way for young and old alike to learn about nature. There is also an associated Teacher’s Guide available at the website. The Southern Piedmont Wildlife Coloring Book is available for FREE download from https://www.uscupstate.edu/fieldguide

Carolina Headwaters, L.L.C. was started by Shem & Shannon Unger ( husband and wife team) in an effort to increase understanding and conservation efforts of Carolina Watersheds as well as educate and inspire citizens to be good stewards and advocates for their environment. 

Carolina Headwaters offers a series of Pre-K through 8th grade engaging science programs that can be done at any location that will delight and excite young minds! Each program can include live animal meet-and-greets! Please check out our website at http://www.carolinaheadwaters.com/home.html for more information. 

At the Kids In Nature Day event we focused on the native reptiles and amphibians. We also explored what makes each unique and what we can do to help protect them in the wild! Hope you enjoyed petting scaly snakes and turtles as well as slimy frogs and salamanders! You will find that these guys are great to have around!

Mother Nature has been charming children ever since she magically materialized in 2010.  She is often found in forests and glens and is always surrounded by her fans - children of all ages and stripes.  If you would like to have Mother Nature visit your special event she can be found on FaceBook via Robin Costine Berkman.

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A special thanks to Greg Stringer for bringing out Sam the Corn Snake, a Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Ambassador.