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Spring Naturefest: A Celebration of Nature and Conservation

by | May 24, 2023

Hands-on learning and interactive exhibits made Naturefest an educational adventure for all ages. (DLC photo)


Davidson, NC – Davidson Lands Conservancy (DLC) hosted its highly anticipated Spring Naturefest on Saturday, May 20th, at Davidson’s Roosevelt Wilson Park. This engaging, educational event offered fifteen exhibits and activities, providing a unique opportunity for attendees of all ages to connect with the wonders of nature. 

Learning about local stream insects from Davidson College Professor of Biology, Chris Paradise. [DLC photo]

The event featured a variety of free exhibits and activities, including crafts, live animals, fishing, native plants, animals and trees, pollinators, school science projects, and other conservation attractions. Held each year, DLC’s Naturefest encourages curiosity and exploration, inviting participants on a journey of discovery and heightened environmental awareness. 

Participants were treated to interactive exhibits and hands-on learning about nature and ecosystems. Children delighted in the opportunity to engage with live animals including a screech owl, snakes and a blue tongued skink, and to observe native plant, animal and tree species while learning the vital role pollinators play in nature. A local student shared her love for fishing commenting, “Fishing during Naturefest brought back wonderful memories of visiting my grandfather’s farm.”  

“We are thrilled by the enthusiastic response to Naturefest, and how eagerly our community embraced the exhibits and activities,” shared Cindy McIntosh, DLC Board member and chair of NatureFest. “Witnessing the joy and curiosity on the children’s faces was magical and underscored the power of nature education,” she added. 

NatureFest 2023 was generously underwritten by the Davidson Garden Club, a loyal and long-term supporter of the Conservancy.  Volunteers, exhibitors, and participants made Naturefest a resounding success, and DLC is grateful for their dedication and passion for local conservation and environmental education. 

Getting up close and personal with live insects and animals was an unforgettable highlight of Naturefest. [DLC photo]

NatureFest exhibitors and partners were core to the event success and the Conservancy is grateful to each partner: Carolina Raptor Center, Davidson College, DK8 School, North Carolina Wildlife Federation, North Carolina Native Plant Society, Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation, WOW, Bartlett Tree Experts, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Stephen Hughes, Woodlawn STEAMfest, Schiele Museum, Mecklenburg County Beekeepers, and My Monarchs.

About Davidson Lands Conservancy 

Davidson Lands Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect natural areas in Davidson through its four conservation pillars: urban forestry, land conservation, greenways and trails, and wildlife habitat.   

Since its founding in 2000, the Conservancy has protected more than 500 acres of land in Davidson and helped to establish over miles of walking and biking trails. The Conservancy advances its mission through education and through the four conservation pillars. Visit us here to learn more. 

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