5 results for tag: Rockingham County


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 ...

Turtle Adventures at Wolf Island Prairie

A follow-on post about Wolf Island Prairie by PLC Land Owner Mike Vaughan: Sharing a note from a recent morning after a late summer rain ....Because of the rain last night I figured that the Collies and I might find a Box turtle on our prairie walk this morning.  Even so, I was surprised, when we’d only gotten about 150 feet from our house, to find a mating pair right on the edge of our drive.  Fortunately, the Collies did not see them.  I realized immediately that I didn’t want to break up their romance, but I did decide to walk up to them to try to find out if they were “new” turtles or had been previously captured and code marked.  ...

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 ...

Volunteers Hard at Work at Knight Brown Nature Preserve

It’s been a great week out at the Knight Brown Nature Preserve in Rockingham County! The trail system has gotten new, painted markers that are easier to see and more durable than the plastic markers that were used previously. Our hard working volunteers helped establish the new markers in just 2 half days of work! We had some wonderful warm and dry weather that made the workday a pleasant beginning to the coming Spring season. Thank you to our volunteers who gave their time and energy to make Knight Brown an even better place to get out and connect with nature! With the weather getting warmer, now’s the time to come out and see the new trail ...

Why I Love My Job

By Kalen Kingsbury - PLC's Associate Director - After the dreary start to November, it's nice to look back on these beautiful October days. The crisp fall weather with low humidity and temps in the low 70s made it an ideal time to be outside in Piedmont NC. I’m lucky to have a job that sometimes requires me to do just that. Here are a few photos from my October "out of the office" but working time. Though not technically required for work, I was on my way back to the office from a meeting and I passed a hiking area I’ve been wanting to see for over a year.  The Shallow Ford Natural Area on Gerringer Mill Road in Alamance County is ...