Kids of all ages could meet and greet Reedy Creek Nature Center’s reptiles, including four turtles and three snakes, on Sunday.
“We’re trying to bridge the gap between people and the community around us and the reptiles,” said Kristin Rosser, a Reedy Creek environmental educator.
She said the center tries to emphasize the importance of reptiles in the ecosystem because they “get a bad rap.”
Neill Burris, a participant in the reptile meet and greet, said he wanted to get his three daughters out of the house over the holiday weekend.
“I wanted to come let them see a little bit of nature, as opposed to a computer screen,” he said.
The center, part of the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, focuses on educating the public about the importance of the ecosystem around them.
In July the center is hosting nature story readings, hikes, games, clay pot making and other activities about the outdoors.
“Here at Reedy Creek we try to get very involved in our community and offer a lot of free or low cost programs to all of the members of the Mecklenburg community or anyone that wants to drop by,” Rosser said.