The materials for the Piedmont WILD workshops are loaded here for staff use and reference.  These are not for distribution or publishing; they are for use within the workshop, to support you. This delivery medium is efficient and effective.

While we do want educators to have access to materials, we want to encourage people to attend the workshops, not just use the reference materials.  So much happens in the workshops, participants are missing out if they do not see these materials used in context.

Thanks for your help with this end goal.



Bugs on a Log
Ingredients: Celery sticks; Cream cheese or Cheez Whiz; Raisins
Directions: Take celery sticks and fill them with cream cheese or Cheez Whiz. Use raisins to put on top for the bugs.

Bear Paw Biscuits
Ingredients: A can of biscuits; Brown sugar; Margarine (melted); Sliced almonds
Directions: Cook biscuits according to package directions. Brush each biscuit with the melted margarine, then sprinkle with brown sugar. While the biscuit is still warm, insert five almond slices around the edge of the biscuit so it looks like a bear paw.

Dirt in a Cup
Ingredients:  Chocolate pudding, Oreo cookie crumbs, Gummy worms,
Glasses (clear plastic are best)
Directions:  Prepare chocolate pudding mix as instructed on package. Fill glasses 3/4 full of pudding. Sprinkle Oreo crumbs on pudding. Stick gummy worms in crumbs. Voila!! Instant cup of dirt with worms to boot!

Ingredients: Blue Jello Powder, Gummy fish, Glasses (clear plastic are best)
Directions:  Prepare blue Jello as directed. Pour into glasses and refrigerate until partially set (about 1 hour). Once partially set insert gummy fish into Jello. Set until firm. There you have it, the kids can now eat their aquariums.


Black Bears in NC: essential information

Biology: color phases, reproduction, torpor, 5 senses, sounds, life cycles.

Behaviors: bluff, charge, predatory, defensive and offensive attacks, tree usage; scent marks, home ranges.

Living with Bears: bear-proof camping, backyard attractants, food conditioning

Population Distribution: coastal versus mountain habitat and sizes, distribution.

Harvest regulations: sustainable harvest, regional differences, cultural carrying capacity.

On Monarchs

Captive raising of monarchs in small numbers can help save lives and support the population.  Large numbers might disrupt existing wild populations, and generational breeding is particularly problematic. As in most cases, providing habitat is a superior way to support wildlife. If you have an acre available for early successional habitat, consider planting milkweed.  For more on how to raise and release monarchs responsibly, see:

Releasing Monarchs