Retrospective

A Great Day to Beautify a Garden!

On the beautiful sunny morning of October 4, 2021, four members of South Wake Conservationists spent several hours raking mulch, watering plants and removing weeds at Millbrook Magnet Elementary School’s pollinator gardens! The school’s Turks Caps and Tall Tickseed were in full display!

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Bass Lake Day Bliss

What a beautiful day for a festival! Our Community Engagement and Eco Kids Committees had a great time engaging with kids and adults in the Holly Springs area at this fun annual festival held at Sugg Farm, with sunny skies and temps in the low eighties. There were lines of eager children formed to get…

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Out with the weeds, in with the seeds!

SWC members are whipping the three pollinator gardens they built in the local area into shape this Fall: Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Fuquay-Varina, NC; Millbrook Elementary School, Raleigh, NC and the Big Lake in William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh, NC. As the new pollinator plants grow to fill the spaces established, so have the…

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Kids having fun on the Eco Kids Hike at Bass Lake Park!

The Eco Kids Program is up and running! We had a wonderful turnout for our first nature hike on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19. Fifteen kids, ranging in age from 3 to 10, hiked the two miles around Bass Lake in Holly Springs, enthusiastically discovering dozens of wildlife species along the way. While they had cards…

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SWC’s Nominee Accepts Business Conservationist of Year Award

South Wake Conservationists is very proud that their nominee won the 2021 NCWF ‘s Governor’s Conservationist Achievement Award for Business Conservationist of the Year. Owner Basil Camu and his company Leaf and Limb in Raleigh broke the mold when they shifted focus from tree removal to tree preservation and habitat restoration through plantings, healing the…

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Birds, birds, birds at the NC Museum of Art Park!

Another amazing bird walk at the NC Museum of Art Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 28, led by Park Ranger and renowned bird photographer Chantal Taunton. Nine SWC members and guests joined an early-morning stroll through the beautiful grounds of America’s largest art park to see eighteen different species of birds. The highlight was hearing…

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Paddling on the Cape Fear River

Members of South Wake Conservationists, Tara Moore, Director of Conservation Partnerships with NCWF and her guests joined together on a fine morning for kayak paddling on the Cape Fear River which flows in the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it gets it name. Shortly after launching our kayaks from the landing at Cape…

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A Fun Morning at Millbrook Magnet School!

Four members of South Wake Conservationists teamed up with two faculty members from Millbrook Magnet School to have a very productive morning! We not only pulled a large quantity of weeds but also made plans for adding another pollinator garden to school grounds!

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Pollinator Maintenance at Lincoln Heights Elementary

SWC members broke out the garden gloves and tools on July 7 for an early-morning pollinator garden maintenance workday at our sponsored Lincoln Heights Elementary School site, working with the school’s Environmental Connections Integration Specialist Laura Wood. The new pollinator plants have matured this year and are a rich mixture of colors and textures, but…

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Field Trip! NC Museum of Art Park

We kicked off our new monthly field trip series with a guided tour of the NC Museum of Art Park by our own John Kinsella. John led a group of nine on a fascinating, 90-minute tour of the outdoor art, ecosystem, and environmental engineering of this unique park, the largest art park in the United…

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New Bern Avenue Cleanup!

On June 19,2021 the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (including 4 members of the South Wake Conservationists) teamed up with the Great Raleigh Cleanup Group and local resident Gus Vandermeeren to collect over 900 pounds of trash near New Bern Avenue in Raleigh! Approximately 30 volunteers participated in this highly successful initiative!

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SWC Hosts an Interactive Exhibit at the Marbles Kids Museum

SWC was honored to be invited to create and host an interactive exhibit about kids and nature at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, June 13. We were joined in this special event by NC State Parks, Piedmont Wildlife Center, and Triangle Rock Climbing. By all accounts, the event was a great success,…

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Rescuing Native Plants

Twelve enthusiastic volunteers rescued approximately 30 Buttonbushes and several Chickasaw plumb trees from land near New Hill, NC that Duke Energy is going to develop into a solar farm bringing renewable energy on the grid for the benefit of their customers. After digging up the plants, volunteers picked out some to plant in their own…

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