Out & About - Latta Plantation Nature Reserve
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Latta Plantation Nature Reserve is Mecklenburg County's largest nature preserve and home to 16 miles of hiking trails and more than 130 species of animals (including bald eagles, wild turkeys, and gray foxes). It's also home to the Carolina Raptor Center, Latta Plantation Equestrian Center and its namesake historic plantation.
The Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the preservation of birds of prey. In addition to the 100 or so "resident" birds used for educational purposes and flight displays, more than 700 injured or orphaned birds are brought to the center each year for rehabilitation.
Latta Plantation Equestrian Center offers horseback riding lessons, shows, and trail rides on 13 miles of designated horseback trails.
The Latta Plantation itself is a historic "living history" display staffed by re-enactors who demonstrate open hearth cooking, weaving, woodworking and blacksmithing.
The preserve is about 30 minutes away from Queens' campus by car and makes for a great weekend excursion for Queens students who love the great outdoors.
Read more information about Latta Plantation Nature Reserve.