5 results for tag: protected land


Summer Fun, Outdoors!

By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell — As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside? Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, actually listened - to their songs? Have we inhaled the scent of fresh-cut grass, ...

Nature Preserve Field Trip Fun

by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth: Over the course of the last two weeks I had the opportunity to participate in field trips with 3rd and 8th graders at PLC’s Knight Brown Nature Preserve. The preserve is a beautiful 190-acre piece of property that has three wonderful hiking trails. Each trail had stations set up and the kids hiked from one station to the next. They had the opportunity to learn about water quality, ecosystems, and the different species they encountered on their hike. I had the chance to refresh my memory and also learn a few new things. The best part was watching young children and pre-teens react the same way to the ...

Getting Outside with Kids

by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth:             Over the course of the last several weeks I had become increasingly frustrated with the constant use of electronics in my house. When I was a child I spent almost all of my time outside exploring the woods, investigating neat looking plants, and jumping over creeks. My son has grown up in a world overcome by T.V., PlayStation, online gaming, cell phones, Kindles, etc. While these items are great to have, they seem to take over sometimes no matter what limits are placed on them. With that in mind I decided a family outing was in order and the only use of electronics would be to take ...

Let This be a HOT One!

by PLC Land Owner Mike Vaughan: At the back of my mind, a little voice whispered an old Chinese saying that we should be careful what we ask of the gods. It’s January 2016, and I’m talking to Brandon Price, whom I’ve contracted to carry out a prescribed burn on 20 acres of our land near Reidsville, NC. Aided by my wife and Collie dogs, I’ve worked since 2011 to turn those acres into a re-creation of a grassland/prairie such as we believe was common in the piedmont of the Carolinas when the European explorers arrived here in the 16th century. The warm season grasses we’d planted reached their full size and thickness for the first time in ...

“Where are you from?”

By Michelle Leonard, Former PLC Board Member & Mayor Pro Tem of Bethania “Where are you from?”  It’s a commonly asked question here in the South and it’s one that sparks many fruitful conversations among friends and strangers alike.  I’ve lived in Bethania for 14 years now, but it was at my very first community gathering in 2001 that I learned what it really means to be FROM Bethania! It was the “Bethania Day” celebration and the Bethania Historical Society had planned an educational program and community gathering to honor the founding of the town in 1759. Being new to town, I was eager to get to know my neighbors ...