Village Nature Series goes virtual

The Village Green and Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust co-host a speaker series called the Village Nature Series (VNS), which features experts in their field presenting on wildlife, habitats, conservation, and local cultural heritage.

Traditionally, these events are held at The Village Green Commons on the last Tuesday of each month during the summer season, however, at this time, the presentations are being done virtually.

The first VNS of this year will be at 5 p.m. on April 27.

In honor of this year’s Earth Day theme, “Restore Our Earth,” Presenter Sonya Carpenter, co-owner of Canty Worley and Company, will present on “Nurturing life in your backyard; choices within our control.”

“Over the past year, most of us have had our lives significantly disrupted by forces beyond our control,” said Carpenter. “World-wide crises such as the pandemic and the climate crisis may leave us feeling hopeless and helpless. Let’s celebrate Earth Day by focusing on choices we can make for a better world. By committing to changes in our own gardens and communities we can nurture the other species by improving the environment that we share. Learn more about how native plants support native species of insects, birds and other wildlife and how practices in your own garden can lead to big changes.”

Participants can register and receive a Zoom link prior to the event by emailing Ann Self, Director of the Village Green, at

The rest of the Village Nature Series line-up will include a presentation about Hemlocks by the Hemlock Restoration Initiative on May 25, a talk about Hellbenders by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission on July 27, and a presentation about Red Wolves by the WNC Nature Center on September 28 (June and August TBA).

Follow Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green on social media for more information and updates about these upcoming presentations.

Highlands Cashiers Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has conserved over 3400 acres of our most treasured natural resources in over 100 places on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. 

To learn more about the important work the Land Trust does, click HERE.

Photo by Sonya Carpenter

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