Inspiring Connections to Wildlife

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    The Nature Center Program at Trails Carolina provides unique science-based field studies and hands-on experiential coursework to help open the eyes and minds of the students to the natural world around us.

    Through the direction of our Naturalist Steve O’Neil, this special program is designed to help students connect with science, animals, and the natural world. 

    Hands-on Lessons From Custom-Designed Citizen Science Field Studies.

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    The classroom curriculum at Trails Carolina includes hands-on lessons from our proprietary citizen science field studies. Our Naturalist leads the program, employing a collection of creatures such as reptiles, amphibians, chickens, fish, insects, arachnids, and opossums to inspire connections between these often misunderstood animals and our students.

    Steve also works to introduce the students to real wildlife and natural resource conservation projects that benefit these creatures and their habitats, both within and outside the Trails Carolina campus.

    The Trails Science program also works to introduce students to functional energy conservation and education projects such as our classroom solar array built by previous students over several years time. This array serves to generate much of the electricity that is used to operate the Trails Science classroom and tend to the animal habitats.  Our students often build strong, lasting bonds with our friendly education animals that both assist with the student’s therapy, and serve to foster lasting respect, love, and ethics towards wildlife in our graduates.

    img_6651Steve also works to introduce the students to real wildlife and natural resource conservation projects that benefit the selected species and their habitats not just on the Trails Carolina campus, but everywhere. These connections often form lasting bonds between the students and the animals that will not only help with student’s therapy but also foster lasting respect, love, and possible future wildlife conservation.

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