Celebrate American Wetlands Month in May by joining us for one of the following field trips! Each of these trips highlights one of our 2016 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas. Space limited—register today!


Sunday, May 1—Francis Beidler Forest

Audubon Center & Sanctuary Near Charleston, SC—directions here




Saturday, May 14—Phelps Lake Shoreline

Pettigrew State Park in Washington County, NC—directions here

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Tour this rare natural lake shoreline community with a towering canopy along the northern shore of Lake Phelps, North Carolina’s second largest natural lake. The site contains one of the last old growth forests in eastern North Carolina, including some bald cypress trees that measure 10 feet in diameter. Field trip will be led by Neal Flanagan of Duke Wetland Center.

To register, email trip coordinator Amin Davis (amin.davis@carolinawetlands.org).


Saturday, May 21—Mason Farm Wetlands

North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Orange County, NC—directions here

10:00 AM-12:00 PM (tentative)

Tour two valuable wetland areas—Big Oak Woods and Morgan Creek Floodplain Forest—that are part of the NC Botanical Garden’s Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Big Oak Woods is one of the largest tracts of mature bottomland swamp forest remaining in the Piedmont, with some trees exceeding 300 years of age. Morgan Creek Floodplain Forest is part of one of the largest, most intact tracts of Piedmont swamp forest remaining. Field trip will be led by ecologist Allison Weakley and Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs at the Botanical Gardens..

To register, email trip coordinator Stratford Kay (Stratford.kay@carolinawetlands.org).


Photo Credit: Mac Stone