on May 23, 2013 09:02 AM • Views 4219

Register for the "Reptiles of North Carolina" workshop, scheduled for June 13, to learn more about the many species of snakes, turtles and lizards native to North Carolina.

Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen

NEW BERN, N.C. (May 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in coordination with Weyerhaeuser, is conducting a “Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County, on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

The workshop is open to anyone 16 and older interested in learning more about snakes, turtles and lizards found in North Carolina.A $10 fee is required to cover costs associated with operating the center — an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, ecology and other environmental topics.

During the morning session, Wildlife Commission personnel Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will lead a classroom discussion on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes, turtles and lizards as well as the effects that people can have on these often-maligned, but ecologically important animals. In the afternoon,workshop participants will use their newly acquired knowledge and skills by assisting with hands-on field work at the center, which sits on nearly 1,700 acres of forestland along the Neuse River, about six miles upriver from New Bern.

Campbell is the coastal outreach educator with the Commission. Hall, a Commission biologist, is coordinator of the North Carolina chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC), a partnership dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians and their habitats.

The workshop qualifies for Component II of the N.C. Office of Environmental Education Certification. Public school teachers attending the workshop can receive CEU credit.

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register or for more information about the workshop, contact Campbell at mike.campbell@ncwildlife.org or 252-670-0090.

For more information about N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, visit ncparc.org.