Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wild Labor Day weekend planned at Pack Place

 Birds of prey, wolves, reptiles and all manner of wild life will be the focus of Wild South’s Wild Things Weekend on Saturday, September 1, from 10 am to 4 pm at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. 

Interact with wolf expert Rob Gudger and his pack of wolves, learn the important role that birds of prey play in our environment, and hear moving Cherokee animal stories from renowned historian and storyteller Freeman Owle. The event helps raise funds for Wild South’s educational outreach programs and will feature live animal shows, award winning wildlife films, and interactive exhibits from a wide range of outdoor businesses, environmental educators, and conservation groups.

“Our goal at Wild South is to inspire people to value and protect wild places and wild things.  Our wildlife education and outreach events help accomplish this in a fun-filled atmosphere that everyone can enjoy,” said Ben Prater, Associate Director of Wild South. This year’s International Wildlife Film Festival films include, “Wilderness North Carolina,” “Red Wolves at the Crossroads,” “Where Bears Belong,” and “The Hunt for Wood Turtles.”  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the offerings from exhibitors such as REI. Inc., Diamond Brand Outdoors, Wild Birds Unlimited, WNC Nature Center, and High Touch High Tech among many others.

            Wild South is a nonprofit partner of You Get We Give (, a community-focused deal media and marketing company in Asheville. You Get We Give offers valuable deals to local businesses and allows the purchaser to choose one of its nonprofit partners to receive 10% of the purchase. “Wild South is excited to partner with You Get We Give.  Supporting communities is part of what we do and as a You Get We Give partner we can support local business, reach new audiences, and give people the option to support great causes like Wild South while getting a great local deal,” Prater said.

A $5 per person donation gets full access to presentations and films for the whole day. For a complete schedule and to register for the event, visit For more information on You Get We Give and ways to help your community visit,

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