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Excursion: Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve, Brunswick County

with Milo Pyne, Plant Ecologist; Roger Shew, Senior Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Science, UNC Wilmington; Julie Moore, Botanist & Endangered Species Biologist; Retired US Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist


This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Fee: $75.00 ($68 members of either NCBG or FoPC)


The Green Swamp Preserve (over 16,000 acres) contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine wet savannas as well as extensive pocosins. The savannas are bounded by pocosins containing pond pine and cypress as well as numerous shrubs including titi. The open savannas have a diverse grass/herb layer with many wildflowers including orchids and insectivorous plants. The Green Swamp is the nexus of Venus flytraps. Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (~6,000 acres) is characterized by a mix of communities including xeric sandhill longleaf pine and pocosins. The preserve has a variety of carnivorous and other plant species and it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Upwards of 400 vascular plant species have been reported in the preserve. Fire is integral to the health of these plant communities and is the primary management activity in both preserves.
Trails in both preserves are flat but may be wet depending upon the weather.


Transportation to the Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve is not included. Meeting location and directions provided with registration confirmation. 


What to bring: 

Bring insect repellant, bag lunch and water.


What to wear:

Closed-toe shoes/boots, a hat, and comfortable clothes (long pants recommended)


 Green Swamp Savanna                        Boiling Spring Lakes

                                            Green Swamp Savanna                                                                     Boiling Spring Lakes


We're expanding our partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas.


This event is a partnership between NCBG and Friends of Plant Conservation.







About the Program Leaders

Milo is a native of Durham and has a B. S. Degree in Botany from N. C. State University. He is currently a Senior Regional Ecologist at NatureServe’s Southeastern US Office in Durham, NC, and has a long-term interest in the conservation of plants and natural communities, as well as the medicinal uses and folklore of plants.


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Roger teaches at UNC Wilmington in the Earth and Ocean Sciences and Environmental Sciences departments. He is Co-Chair on Sustainability as well as the Natural Areas Stewardship committees at UNCW and is on the board of Cape Fear River Watch. He has been working and volunteering with The Nature Conservancy for 20 years. Roger received a B.A. in Earth Science from UNCW, M.S. in Geology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a M.Sci.Ed. from the University of Houston. 

Julie Moore is an endangered species biologist active in native plant organizations and local land trusts, is past president of the Botanical Society of Washington D.C.; a board member of the Longleaf Alliance, the B.W. Wells Association, Friends of Plant Conservation, and NC Plant Conservation Program. She retired in early 2019 after 15 years as the national coordinator of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Safe Harbor Program which engages private landowners to conserve species listed under the Endangered Species Act. She authored “Managing the Forest and the Trees,” for longleaf forest landowners funded by The Nature Conservancy. With Dorothy Wilbur-Brooks, she created “Southeastern Summer Flower Finder” to be published in 2020. For The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, she has led daylong field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway teaching use of plant identification keys.

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Registration open through 6/3/2021 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy


Meeting location and directions provided with registration confirmation.