Free ‘Backyard Nature’ event

SPARTANBURG — Spartanburg Science Center will conduct a free nature hike/presentation on Nature in Your Backyard Saturday, Jan. 16, 12:30-2 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. Jonathan J. Storm, Associative Professor of Biology at USC Upstate, will give the presentation about common plants, fungi, animals, rocks and minerals that can be found in most backyards or on hikes in the Upstate.

If the weather permits, expect to meet at the Science Center and move to Cottonwood Trail. In case of inclement weather, the entire program be held in the Science Center. Dr. Briget Doyle (geology) and Julie Smoak (biology) will also be helping Professor Storm out on the hike.

“Reduce your child’s screen time by turning off your TV and shutting down your computer and come learn about the nature and biology that may be right in your backyard,” the Center’s Director John “Mr. Green” said. “This will be a great parent/child bonding event and an easy way to instill a love of nature into young minds.”

Children less than 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. In the case of bad weather, the entire event will still take place in the Spartanburg Science Center. For more information on this event, visit or call (864) 583-2777.
Program at Science Center, Cottonwood Trail