FA17 Spiders of the Blue Ridge

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Thursday September 14

1:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Spiders of the Blue Ridge
Instructor: Carlton Burke
Thursday, September 14; 1 to 4 p.m.
$47 Member / $57 Non-Member
Limit: 20

Spiders are misunderstood and feared creatures of our mountains but are absolutely essential in the ecology of our forests. This class teaches students to identify many of the region'most common spiders, learn about their amazing life cycles, and gain an apppreciation of these amazing invertebrates. The class will move outddoors to search for spiders in their natural habitats and will observe live spiders in the classroom. This class fulfills three hours of elective credit for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate.

A naturalist and educator who lives in Mills River, N.C., Carlton Burke operates Carolina Mountain Naturalists, which specializes in presenting live animal and nature programs for area schools, summer camps and many other organizations including the Arboretum where he has been a popular instructor for many years. He was the curator of exhibits at the Western North Carolina Nature Center for over 25 years and is a state and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator.