2017-10-11 / Arts and Entertainment

Celebrate autumn with three upcoming events at the Conservators Center in Caswell County

Celebrate autumn with three upcoming events at the Conservators Center, located in Caswell County at 676 East Hughes Mill Road, Burlington.

The Conservators Center as an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing a specialized home for select carnivore species. In 2001 the Center relocated onto 45 acres of forested land in Caswell County, of which only approximately 10 acres is currently developed. Over the next few years, the site grew to house three tigers and about 25 small wild cats and other small carnivores.

Today, the center is home to over 80 animals, and more than 21 species including 20 big cats (lions, leopards and tigers); employs more than a dozen full and part-time individuals; and is a hub of volunteer activity. The park welcomes over 16,000 visitors each year. In addition, the Center participates in collaborative educational efforts with other institutions that expand the educational impact far beyond the park’s borders.

Howl-o-ween Legends and Lore

Explore legends and history as you travel into the darkness with storytellers. From man-eaters and monsters to gods and kings, learn how humans have viewed predators as much through story as science. As guests are surrounded by a chilling chorus of animals calling to one another through the night, visitors will discover the lore that made these impressive predators infamous.

The tour lasts approximately one and one-half hours and concludes with hot chocolate and cider.

Parental advisory — Howl-O-Ween Legends and Lore features stories that deal with some adult themes including violence, sex, magic, and religion that may not be appropriate for younger audiences. This tour also takes place in the dark and participants are expected to follow strict rules of behavior and conduct. For these reasons, the center has limited the age of participants to 14 years and older.

The cost for ages 14 and up is $26.

The event will take place Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 6 - Oct 28; Fridays at 7:45 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 and 8 p.m.

For more information visit, http://conservatorscenter.org/ visit/ tours/seasonal/howl/.

Pumpkin Prowl event

Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable with the Conservators Center annual Pumpkin Prowl event.

Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center.

Grab a coat and a friend, and visit the Conservators Center on Saturday, Nov. 11 for the annual Pumpkin Prowl, the most unique way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina.

Join in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins, while enjoying food and drinks from local vendors. Then decorate animals’ enclosures with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. The animals love finding these new fascinating items in their habitats, and folks enjoy watching as they investigate their gifts.

Have you ever wondered how the Conservators Center trains Arthur Tiger to touch a target, or why it’s important to be able to check a wolf ’s paws and ears, or what caracals like to eat for snacks? At Pumpkin Prowl, while watching the animals explore their treats at your own pace, also learn interesting facts about how animal residents are cared for from keepers and trained handlers at the Conservators Center.

For more information visit, http://conservatorscenter. org/ visit/ events/pumpkinprowl/

Tickets are adults $26 and under 12 $20.

The date and time of the Pumpkin Prowl Saturday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Howl-o-ween Trick or Treat

Join the Conservators Center animal residents for a special Trick or Treat experience around the park.

This tour, created especially for younger ghouls and goblins, welcomes children of all ages. The tour guide will share stories of unique tricks animals use in the wild and lead the group to Howl-OWeen treats throughout the park.

Everyone is welcome to dress in his or her favorite Halloween costume and meet Popcorn or Fiona, the Conservators Center’s mascots.

Tours last one hour, depending on group participation.

Tickets are adults $16 and children $14.

For more information visit, http://conservatorscenter.org/ visit/ tours/seasonal/howl/.

The dates and times of Howl-o-ween Trick or Treat are: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 14-29. Saturday tours at 4 and 5 p.m. (except on Oct. 21which are 3:30 and 5 p.m.) and Sunday tours at 3 p.m.

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