Nature Day set for April 18

TROY — The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership, is hosting “Nature Day @ Nichols” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 as part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The free event will be held at Nichols Longleaf Pine Preserve in Troy and offers activities for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Activities include three different hikes for families and kids. The family hikes are approximately 45 minutes long and rated easy-to-moderate difficulty. Hikers will learn about wildlife found on the preserve, as well as longleaf pine ecology, the turpentine industry and prescribed fires. The kids’ hikes, designed for kids 12 and younger and their families, feature hands-on activities along the trail, led by N.C. Zoo staff. These hikes are approximately 45 minutes long and rated easy. The family and kids’ hikes begin at 2 p.m. and then again at 3 p.m.

WRCA third, more in-depth hike for families begins at 1 p.m., and lasts 90 minutes.

In addition to organizing the hikes, conservation agencies will set up information stations where participants can learn more about wildlife species found in the Uwharrie area, local archeology and the history of the Nichols Longleaf Pine Preserve.

For more information about the Nature@Nichols event, contact Jessie Birckhead at jbirckhead@tnc.org or 919-794-4398 or Kelly Douglass at kelly.douglass@ncwildlife.org.

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