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Penny's Bend: A Half Day Field Trip

with Pete Schubert, Engineer, Geologist

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023

Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Fee: $45 ($41 Members)


Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve is an 84-acre site that protects numerous rare plant species. It is surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in eastern Durham County, North Carolina. This half day field trip will include a visit to distinct plant communities including a remnant Piedmont prairie, rich mesic and alluvial forests, and dry shortleaf pine-dominated bluffs. Rare species found on the Preserve include the smooth purple coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), eastern prairie blue wild indigo (Baptisia minor var. aberrans), hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens), and Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).

Much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.


Learning objectives include:


· identify vegetation communities and rare plants present and learn their significance;

· understand the geologic features and processes that have formed the site and how these influence the soil, topography, and flora present;

· learn how to incorporate knowledge of geology and soils when studying native plants and communities in-situ; and

· observe ongoing management activity to reestablish ecologically appropriate relict plant communities and learn about the challenges involved.


Meeting spot supplied upon registration.



Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 3/31/2023 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Program Leader

Pete Schubert is a retired engineer who was trained as a geologist and is passionate about living sustainably. He leads wildflower and geology hikes and is the director of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. Pete also volunteers with many nature-based and watershed protection organizations.  His newest passion is making bean-to-bar chocolate.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies Credits

Certificate in Native Plants Field Trip: Credits - 0.5


This course fulfills a core requirement in our Certificate in Native Plant Studies program.



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We are taking extensive precautions to make sure the Garden is a safe place to visit, and we need your help to keep it safe for everyone. When registering, you must agree to abide by the UNC Community Standards. Read the UNC Community Standards here.


In brief, please follow these practices:

  • Before leaving home for class, check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Do not attend class if you are experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist. If you are not able to attend class for this reason, we will offer you a full refund as course credit or to your credit card.

  • Watch your distance and remain 6 feet apart from others.

  • Bring a mask with you. Wear a mask at all times indoors and when you are unable to maintain a 6' distance outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wipe off your work area before class with disinfecting wipes that will be available in the classroom.

By doing these things, you are doing your part to keep others safe both on campus and in our local communities.




Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

Meeting spot and directions will be provided upon registration. (
Note: meeting spot is distinct from map address below.)