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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

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Reptile and Amphibian week coming to the Arboretum

A week of activities honoring the scaliest and slimiest mountain residents will kick off next week at the N.C. Arboretum, with the aim of educating the visitors about the roles reptiles and amphibians in the ecosystem, encourage interest in science and science careers and promote wildlife.

Programs include:

• Leapin’ Lizards from 9 a.m. to noon June 24.

• Amphibians After Dark from 7 to 10 p.m. June 25.

• Snakes and their Habitats from 9 a.m. to noon June 26.

• Box Turtle Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27. 

The Arboretum will also open its Salamander Diversity exhibit, which will be on display through August. There will also be a Citizen Science Contest where families can check out a reptile and amphibian-themed discovery pack with tools for observing and identifying reptiles and amphibians.

Free, with registration is required for most of the programs. www.ncarboretum.org/education/reptile-and-amphibian-week.


Enrollment open for environmental ed camp

Spots are still open for the Youth Environmental Stewardship Camp, a program of the Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District to give students first-hand experience learning about the environment. 

The day camp, with week-long sessions beginning June 22 and July 13, includes salamander research, mountain hikes, snorkeling in the Pigeon River and tree identification. 

$30, with enrollment restricted to Haywood County students. Material is best suited to rising eighth graders. RSVP to Gail Heathman, 828.452.2741, ext. 131, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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