2014 Exploring Nature in Chatham Series

The Chatham Conservation Partnership is once again offering its Exploring Nature in Chatham Series. These are great ways to get out and appreciate the great natural resources in our backyard.

Sunday, April 13th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM: Wetlands Restoration at Pittsboro’s Town Lake Park (Free)

Discover “Pittsboro’s Hidden Treasure”, a 36 acre park with lakes and trails near downtown Pittsboro. Our guide will be Dr. Karen Hall with NC State University, who will talk about the wetlands restoration project in the impoundment area of Robeson Creek at Pittsboro’s Town Lake Park. Impaired by aquatic weeds and pollution, the upper and lower lakes have undergone a restoration project to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Meet in the parking lot of Town Lake Park in Pittsboro. Directions to Town Lake Park: From US 64 West in downtown Pittsboro, turn south on NC Highway 87 South / NC Highway 902 West. Go 0.5 mile and Town Lake Park is on the left. Register for this free tour by calling 919-545-8044.

newest trail section of Town Lake Park

Saturday, May 3rd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Geological Hike in the Jordan Dam Area (Free)

Join Phil Bradley with the NC Geological Survey on a guided hike along portions of the Poe’s Ridge Game Land Trail in the B. Everett Jordan Dam area. Learn about the 600 million years of geologic history that helped shape the landscape we see today. The hike will be approximately 3 miles long over uneven terrain. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. Bring water and snacks. Picnic tables are available so bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the outing. Meet at the B. Everett Jordan Dam Visitor Assistance Center on 2080 Jordan Dam Road in Moncure. Register for this free trip by calling 919-545-8044.

Sunday, June 8th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM: Bynum Upriver Paddle ($25 Per Person)

Paddle upriver of the Bynum dam on the Haw River with a naturalist guide with the Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company. Because of its biological and ecological significance, land on both sides of the Haw River upriver of the dam at Highway 15-501 in Bynum is part of the Haw Slopes State Natural Area. A diversity of habitats includes rich forested slopes, islands, rocky outcrops and wetlands. Both rare and ancient plants are found along the shore. Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, Canada geese, red-tail hawks and eagles are commonly seen while paddling. Occasionally, deer, beaver and muskrats present themselves. Flat-water upriver of the dam is especially well-suited for both the beginner paddler and anyone interested in nature. Parents paddling with children find the experience particularly gratifying. Fee: $25 per person with the canoe/kayak provided, $20 per person with your own boat. Register for this trip with the Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company either online at http://hawrivercanoe.com/registration-form/ or by calling 336-260-6465.

Contact Gretchen Smith about this series.


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