Attention Young Naturalist’s and parents!
On Saturday, January 8, the Young Naturalists’ Club will meet for a service event. The activity will involve trash cleanup at the Middle Creek Bottomlands II, a tract owned by the Triangle Land Conservancy along Smith Road in Johnston County. Much of the trash is along the side of Smith Road, but some is back in the woods or in the water. Trash bags will be provided. Bring warm clothes and work gloves. Waterproof boots and a garden hoe (for pulling trash out of water) are helpful if you have them. We may see some birds, too–this site is good for Swamp Sparrows in the winter. We’ll meet at the parking lot east of the Museum of Natural History and the state historical museum at 9:00 to carpool down to the site.
If you’d prefer to drive directly to the site and need directions, they are as follows: Drive south from Raleigh on I-40 toward Benson and Wilmington. Well before you reach Benson, get off at Exit 319 (NC rt. 210) and turn left. Drive four miles and turn left onto Smith Road. There’s a sign at the corner that reads “Dodd’s Pro Body Works.” Drive down the hill to the bridge over Middle Creek, pass it, and drive to the subdivision on the far side of the swamp. Turn left onto Water Oak Drive and park there.
Please let Erik know at erthomas (at) ncsu (dot) edu if you are going to attend!