Steve O'Neil
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  • Lake Toxaway, NC
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Earthshine Mountain Lodge Nature Programs
I am from Hendersonville, North Carolina. I spent my early years chasing snakes, lizards and salamanders all over the mountains of North Carolina. During my college years Steve studied wildlife and fisheries management and recreation management as well as zooarchaeology.

Before discovering Earthshine I worked in many interesting positions at many well known private, state and national parks, private inns, camps and farms some of which include: The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Hammocks Beach State Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Falling Creek Camp for Boys, Flat Rock Nature Canter and Little Saint Simons Island. My job titles have included seasonal park ranger, trail ranger, interpretive naturalist, camp counselor, nuisance black bear, wild boar and Timber rattlesnake management technician and aircraft mechanics assistant.

I am passionate about reptiles and wildlife conservation and public nature education. My greatest inspirations to follow my dream of working with wildlife started in my early years through the guidance of my parents Catherine and Clayton O'Neil who gave me a love for all things natural and real. Later I was influenced by National Geographic, Marlin Perkins and Jim on Wild Kingdom, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Grizzly Adams, Marty Stouffer's Wild America, Harry Butler Down Under, Steve Irwin "The Crocodile Hunter" and most recently Captain Paul Watson of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

I have conducted hundreds of nature and wildlife presentations to thousands of children and adults over the years. I have lead many camper groups of youngsters and adults into mountains, caves, swamps and dunes in search of all things and all places wild and wonderful.
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Nature Center Funding Ideas?

I am a naturalist at a family adventure and nature resort near Brevard North Carolina. I am converting the hay loft of our barn into a nature center and I am looking for granting/funding sources that would be interested in supporting the nature center's construction. Does anyone have any ideas? Check out our website at for more info on our nature programming. Thanks for any input you can offer. --Steve

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

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At 12:29pm on March 12, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Steve! Hearty welcome to C&NN. I'm really glad you found us and have jumped in by posting an extremely moving and inspirational bio and video and pictures of your work at Earthshine Mountain Lodge. I hope you continue to be an active member of the forum and that you find it a source of resources and camaraderie. The Natural Teachers Network group might be a source of info about funding/grant ideas. Cheers!

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