CTW visits Dan Nicholas Park

Bear020413.JPGFeb. 4, 2013 — You may not think about visiting a park in the winter, but it’s the perfect time to enjoy popular activities without the crowds and to learn more about nature and wildlife. We visited Dan Nicholas Park in Salisbury where we had the opportunity get up close with animals that are native to North Carolina.

Inside the nature center at the park is a collection of reptiles and amphibians including many of our native snakes. The snake collection includes all native venomous snakes except for a Coral snake. Coming soon will be a tree frog display and an exhibit of the hellbender, North Carolina’s largest salamander.

Outside, you can visit Wildlife Adventures to view a large collection of mammals native to North Carolina. Species on display include the black bear, bobcat, raccoons, deer, red foxes and the highly endangered red wolf. There also is a pair of Bald eagles, who currently are sitting on eggs, as well as eight additional species of raptors.

Other animals, including a ground hog and opossum,Owl020413.JPG make visits inside the nature center for Keeper Talks periodically on weekend afternoons. Admission to the Wildlife Adventures exhibit is $1 for individuals ages 10 and older and 50 cents for those younger than 10.

Visitors to Dan Nicholas Park also can stop by the Stanback Barnyard to see pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep, and barnyard fowl as well as a collection of antique farming equipment. Admission to the barnyard is 50 cents for all ages.

There are no scheduled nature programs during the winter months, however groups of 10 or more can call and schedule a free, private program tailored for their group.
 
While you are at Dan Nicholas Park, you also can enjoy more than four miles of walking trails. Pets on a leash are welcome.
 
Dan Nicholas Park is open seven days a week. Winter hours for the Nature Center are from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
 
For more information about Dan Nicholas Park, located at 6800 Bringle Ferry Road in Salisbury, 704.216.7803 or toll free 1.866.767.2757, or visit www.dannicholas.net.