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Earthshine To Hold Classroom Solar Energy Project Fundraiser


Last updated 4/10/2017 at 11:11pm

Money from the fundraiser will be used to install solar energy panels.

What do reptiles, environmental education, electric vehicles, and solar energy installations have in common? The answer is Steve O'Neil, founder and executive director of Earthshine Nature Pro-grams (ENP) and naturalist and environmental education teacher at Trails Carolina and The Academy at Trails Carolina.

On Monday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m. O'Neil and some of his reptilian and human friends will be on hand at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard. Come hold a snake or a tortoise, talk with O'Neil about his wildlife conservation, community outreach and experiential education classes and programs, and learn more about O'Neil's and his Trails students' latest project: the installation of a 5.3 kWh solar array to power his Trails classroom and ENP office and education animal habitats. This solar array is now installed and just a few more components are needed to make everything operational. This event will raise money toward that goal, as Oskar Blues will donate 10 percent of taproom sales to ENP through this Making a Difference Monday fund-raiser.

While there meet and talk with Walter Kidd, owner and curator of Serpentarium Magic in Mills River, and his friend Peewee, a 20 foot long python! Peter Kipp, of Curtis Wright Falconry will be there with some of his raptors. Discover how to go solar with Warren's Solar Superheroes and learn about the several total-electric vehicles which will be on display. Perhaps take a ride in one or drive one yourself!


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