AE21 Hazards in the Outdoors

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Tuesday June 29

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM


Hazards in the Outdoors

ONLINE*  Two sessions: Tuesday, June 29, and Thursday, July 1; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Instructor: Carlton Burke

$45 Adult Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

BRN Elective (4 hours) | NCEE Criteria III***


Watch your Step! Don't touch that! Is it poisonous? Take your knowledge beyond "leaves of three, let them be." Identify a variety of plants and animals that could be harmful or unpleasant if you should come in close contact and what to do in the event that you do have a close encounter. Learn to look for outdoor hazards including bees and other stinging insects, venomous snakes and spiders, ticks, poisonous plants and mushrooms. These and more covered in this two-part online survey course that prepares you to enjoy summer without the sting.


Carlton Burke is a naturalist and educator who operates Carolina Mountain Naturalists, an educational service which offers wildlife and nature educational programs throughout western North Carolina. He also was on the staff of the western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville for over 25 years as the Curator of Exhibits. Carlton co-hosts a weekly radio program NATURE NEWS and is also a NC state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. 


***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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