August 2nd & 3rd – The LandTrust is hosting a free 2 day hunter safety course at our home office from 6-9 PM. Becoming hunter safety certified is a Leopold Society requirement and will last for the rest of your life. Even for non-hunters, this course is an excellent way to learn about the importance of wildlife, safe handling of firearms, environmental ethics, and stewardship of our wild places.
Location: 204 East Innes Street, suite 280, Salisbury, NC 28144
August 11th – The LandTrust’s photography contest ends. Submit your favorite photos of the Central Piedmont to fulfill a LandTrust Sponsored Conservation Event requirement! For more information about the contest click HERE!
August 14th – August 18th – Come out to Dan Nicholas Park in Rowan County for a back to school fishing tournament. Open to all kids age 5-18 and there will be a prize for the largest fish caught! Register at Dan Nicholas’ concession stand.
September 10th – Go fishing with a ranger at Lake Norman State Park. The ranger will discuss fishing safety, types of fish around the lake, and many other fishy topics. Meet at the visitor center (759 State Park Rd. Troutman, NC 28166) at 1pm.
The North Carolina Butterfly Highway – The NC Wildlife Federation will provide free seeds and signs to any Leopold Society group interested in creating a pollinator garden and joining the North Carolina Butterfly Highway. More information can be found here.
Doug Vernon & Amy Bowman – Doug and Amy are Greenhouse and Outreach Specialists at NCSU PHHI (Plants for Human Health Institute). They’re located at the NCRC (North Carolina Research Campus) in Kannapolis, NC. Their mission is to assist schools in developing and using school gardens as a learning lab. If you’re interested in utilizing their expertise contact The LandTrust staff and we’ll facilitate an introduction.
Jenny Waisner – Jenny serves as the Environmental Education Specialist for Salisbury-Rowan Utilities and is looking for a group to participate in the 3rd annual strorm drain marker service project. This project will be an educational experience for Leopold Society members interested in learning about stormwater pollution and environmental engineering. She is also a liaison for the NC green schools certification program. If you’re interested in utilizing Jenny’s expertise or participating in her service project opportunity contact The LandTrust staff and we’ll facilitate an introduction.
Cedar Grove Retreat – An outdoor education and adventure retreat, owned and managed by our very own board member Lenny Stallings, that can be scheduled for Leopold Society groups. More information can be found here.
Richard Childress Racing Museum – The Richard Childress Museum (located in Welcome, NC) is not only a monument to Mr. Childress’ legendary racing career but is also dedicated to his other passion – wildlife and land conservation. The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited are all showcased there along with many neat animal mounts. Visit the RCR museum and complete the scavenger hunt (found at the front desk) to fulfill an “independent conservation activity” requirement.
S&S Outdoors – Sloan and Samantha Williams are two young women who combined their love for hunting and the outdoors with their love for dogs to form S&S Outdoors – a premier hunting dog training organization based in Mooresville. The award winning sisters are some of the best dog trainers in the area, excellent role models for young women passionate about the outdoors, and are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of conservationists. More information can be found here.
If you or your Leopold Society group is interested in participating in any conservation-based activity (whether it is listed above or not) contact Sam Parrott, our membership and outreach associate, who will work to connect you with local conservation experts.
Sam Parrott | Membership and Outreach Associate | 704-647-0302 | firstname.lastname@example.org