It's Time For An Update!

Main Exhibit Hall

December 2017 Update

A generous grant of $12,500 has been provided to the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs for exhibit renovations to the Our Environment Wall, specifically the Wildlife In Action display.  The Jandy Ammons Foundation provided funds for the highly successful Children's Nature Trail project in 2015 and will partner with the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs again to integrate technology and videography into this exhibit to bring Hemlock Bluffs' native wildlife to life for visitors.  Grant funds are expected to come available in January 2018, with planning and exhibit design beginning early in the year.  Completion of the new display will be toward the end of October 2018.  Staff and the Friends Board are looking forward to partnering with The Jandy Ammons Foundation on another fun and educational project to benefit the children and all visitors of Hemlock Bluffs over the next year.

UPDATE: The NC Science Museums Grant Program, administered through the NC Museum of Natural Resources recently awarded a grant of $19, 945.15 to the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs. This grant will be used to integrate science and technology into the Stevens Nature Center's exhibit hall as part of the Friends' Exhibit Improvement Project. The grant is a two-year award totaling almost $40,000. With these funds the Friends will collaborate with the Town to incorporate updated video playback equipment in the mini-theater, as well as new videos that showcase the nature preserve and the natural resource efforts. 

The Stevens Nature Center Exhibit Hall introduces visitors to the wonders and beauty to be found at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Improvements are needed to these exhibits to make them more relevant. One of our goals is to develop new interactive stations that make use of current technology and help us better serve our visitors.

What’s the plan?

  • Engage outside experts, including a videographer
  • Install new equipment
  • Fundraise, friendraise, and seek grants

You can help!

Our initial goal is $10,000. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs or giving a financial contribution (any amount helps).

Visit and click on the "donate now" button on the home page. You may also leave a check at the Stevens Nature Center (made payable to Friends of Hemlock Bluffs).

National Public Lands Day 2017

Thank you to the volunteers who joined us for National Public Lands Day 2017! Volunteers helped with much needed maintenance of the nature preserve.

A big thanks to the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs for providing lunch for everyone afterward! The success of this day would not be possible without our continued partnership with REI and the Friends of Hemlock Bluffs.

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