The UMNA Executive Board will meet on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 1:00 PM.


The UMNA General Meeting will be on Thursday May 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

There will be a nature walk through Conestee Nature Preserve after the meeting for anyone who is interested.

Program: A Walk Through Lake Conestee Nature Park

Lake Conestee Nature Preserve is a 406 acre state-designated Wildlife Sanctuary; a conservation space for wild things, a world apart. It is also an Important Bird Area of Global Significance, a regionally recognized Birding Hotspot, and the Upstate Partner with Audubon-South Carolina. In addition, the historic lake parcel, including the Lake Conestee Dam, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearly all of the preserve is protected under a conservation easement held by Upstate Forever. The emphasis is on protection of this exceptional wild and historic space, providing a diverse array of wildlife habitats, and utilizing these spaces for compatible nature education programming. In a typical year, Lake Conestee Nature Preserve’s Nature Educators share this World Apart with nearly 4,000 school children on field trips, as well as providing monthly engagement opportunities for all ages. Erin will discuss ongoing projects in the park and future plans.

Presenter: Erin Knight, Conestee Nature Preserve

Erin’s Bio: Operations Director, Lake Conestee Nature Preserve, Greenville, SC. Erin has a degree in Landscape Architecture and is co-author of “Designing Outdoor environments for Children.”

Location: In person at Conestee Nature Preserve