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Garden Recovery

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Sarracenia Leucophylla

Sarracenia Leucophylla

I took this photo yesterday while beginning some of the clean up of the park. The plant’s beauty reminds me just how special a place the Rehder Garden is.

I want to take time to first thank everyone for their concern and support and for the offers for donations to help us recover from the poaching. As soon as I can, I will be putting up a page for donations and other information about the garden. I hope to have a live cam placed in the coming weeks so you can see the work ongoing.  We are still working out the cooperative arrangement between the NC Coastal Land Trust, the City of Wilmington, and Cape Fear Community College. At present if you want to make a donation of seeds or live plants or other supplies you can send them directly to:

Cape Fear Community College

Geology program

C/O Daniel Sheret

411 North Front Street

Wilmington NC,28401

Please mark “Perishable”

If you would like to contribute funds for the restoration and reward for information on the poaching please go to


We can and will recover from this thanks to all that share the love and passion for such special plants.  Please check back each day for more news and photos from the Bog.





Venus Flytraps Poached!

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stanley-rehder-carnivorous-plant-preserve1Venus Flytrap Poaching

Venus Flytrap flowering season is a prime season for poachers who want to steal the plants from their natural habitat.

Over the Memorial Day weekend in May, 2013, more than 1000 Venus Flytraps were stolen from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in North Carolina, U.S. This is in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s native territory, a small region of coastal North and South Carolina. During the Venus Flytrap flowering season, often at its height in May, the bright white flowers make the Venus Flytraps easy for poachers to spot.

Links to news stories about this poaching–

For those in the U.S. and Canada, please keep your eyes open for anyone selling Venus Flytraps who doesn’t seem like a long-term, reputable dealer. Whoever stole these natural-growing Venus Flytraps is going to want to sell them, so be alert to suspicious dealers at Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., and if you see something suspicious, Stanley Rehder’s daughter, Julie Rehder, has asked to be notified. She’ll help local police authorities in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, in the heart of the Venus Flytrap’s very limited natural habitat, to try to catch this thief or thieves.

Julie Rehder
Wilmington, NC

Anyone with information about the stolen plants is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department’s non-emergency line at (910) 343-3600 or send an anonymous text at: TIP708 and the message to CRIMES (274637).

Here is a quote sent out by  Julie Rehder about this incident—


My name is Julie Rehder and I live I Wilmington, NC, native home to the Venus Flytrap. By looking at your website I can tell you are a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. I am reaching out to growers across the country to be on the lookout for a large amount of native Flytraps that were stolen from the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, a special preserve my father cultivated that is now part of the City of Wilmington’s Cross City Trail. About 1000 flowering plants were removed from the preserve over the last week seriously damaging what took about 30 years for my father to cultivate prior to his death at age 90 last October. The preserve is also home to five species of sarracenia plants as well as sundews.

The preserve was once a relatively secret bog formed from an old roadbed but when the NC Coastal Land Trust, which controls the easement, allowed the City of Wilmington to lease the space for community enjoyment but it opened up the area to more visibility and poaching. Knowledgeable poachers waited until the mature plants were in full bloom and removed them during the Memorial Day weekend. There is currently no security in the garden due to its proximity and the thieves had easy access in the dead of night. I am still pleased the City named the garden and created signage and overlooks for educational purposes but that joy is tempered by this very devastating loss. Fortunately this latest poaching event has created a community uproar and plans are being made for greater protection for the garden.

A reward will be announced soon but it is unlikely the perpetrators will be caught, especially if the plants were shipped or taken out of the area immediately after the theft. I am just trying to alert growers who may hear of advertisements for flowering native plants. You may contact me or the Wilmington, NC Police Department tip line if you hear of any online or person to person offers of sale of native flowering Venus Flytraps.

Our local community college will be aiding in replanting the area through tissue culturing and the collection of seed from the remaining plants but it will take years to restore the preserve.

I am always glad to see websites for cultured and seed grown Flytraps and enjoy knowing that the rest of the world is fascinated by my area’s local treasure.

Thank you for reading this long email and good luck in your own growing efforts.




Spring 2013 Comes To A Close

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CFCC Geology Students

CFCC Geology Students

And so ends a very busy term. Congrats to all 2013 graduates for a job well done. This term was filled with many exciting classes and projects. Our outreach program expanded to area elementary schools serving some 900+ students.  That number will grow with the several summer programs we will be a part of.



We will have  two new programs in the fall for local schools. “Rocks Talk” and “The Cape Fear River Indians”. They will be great fun and very educational!

Classroom Outreach

Classroom Outreach


Fly Trap Frolic is a big Success!

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CAM00024The world’s first Carnivorous Plant Garden. the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Garden was dedicated On April 19th in Wilmington, NC. Since the Venus fly trap is  native only within 70 k of Wilmington it is fitting that we have a new part to protect this endangered species. CFCC, geology program working with the North Carolina Land Trust, and the City of Wilmington worked together to host the 3rd annual Fly trap Frolic. 500 attended this free event.

As part of this year’s event CFCC staff and students brought an education program to 35 classrooms and over 800 students in Wilmington furthering the college’s commitment to outreach programs for area schools.

CFCC staff have currently 11 varieties of Fly Traps under cultivation ready for more summer programs!

One of 80 Flytraps being cultivated by CFCC staff

One of 80 Flytraps being cultivated by CFCC staff

Children dicover the park's beauty

Children discover the park’s beauty


Cape Fear Indians

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New Book From Dr. Garwood!

The Cape Fear River Indians: Creative Abstract

Dr. Phillip D. Garwood

Professor of Geology at Cape Fear Community College


An important portion of North Carolina history that many educators fail to explore is the telling of the history, culture, art, and traditions of the local Native American people.  As a veteran educator, spending more than 30 years in classrooms, including elementary and high school, and being a passionate presenter at The Cape Fear Children’s Museum, it is more the odd exception that a student of any grade level is aware of even the fundamentals of these marvelous tribes.  It was this realization that prompted my writing a classroom book for K-12 public school students, concerning the Cape Fear River Indians.


Problem Statement:

Based on the above discussion, it is possible to identify and share ways that educators can also learn about the stories not being told, the artifacts being buried, and the history that we struggle to recover.   It should be an educator’s passion and profession to ensure that the stories of all people are represented.  More published accounts of Native American history are needed and should be available to K-12 teachers.



The purpose of this presentation is to share the information compiled in my book (to be released in February), The Cape Fear River Indians, which was made possible by a grant from International Paper.  The objective is to find ways that as experts in our field, we are all able to find ways to share our knowledge with a variety of age-levels and preserve the importance of the Native American people.  To discuss opportunities available in supporting American Indian Studies research.



Students are unaware that North Carolina is home to more than 80,000 people of Native American origin and that the story of North America began more than 12,000 years ago.  Most history books begin with the arrival of Europeans a scant 500 years ago.  Archaeology, geology, anthropology, and forensic science tell a much richer, fuller tale.

This teaching guide also contains research derived from local tribal elders, who have approved the information in the text.   Attached are the title page and introduction information from the book which will be previewed for the first time, if selected for participation in the Ninth Annual; Southeast Indian Studies Conference at UNC-Pembroke.



Dr. Phillip Garwood (Dr.Rocks)







New Donation!

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From Graves Mt. Ga

From Graves Mt. Ga












Here is the latest donation to CFCC Geology Program.

Alvin Coleman one of our Instructors recently acquired more than 30 kilograms of  iridescent hematite found on Graves Mt. Ga. The geological history of Graves Mountain is as complex as the rest of the eastern seaboard. To make a complicated hundreds of millions of years story simple and short, a super continent broke up, the pieces drifted apart creating an ocean and volcanic island chains. The pieces came back together, sweeping up the island chains along the way and forming another super continent. This super continent broke up as well and the pieces drifted away to form our present day continents and the Atlantic Ocean.

Geologists still debate the exact details but certain aspects are clear. Sometimes during the continental collisions the Graves area was subducted and subjected to heat and pressure under the earth new minerals were formed, existing minerals were altered. There were many episodes of metamorphism when the rocks were heated and sometimes fractured and secondary minerals formed and filled the fissures. As the heat and pressure varied, different minerals were formed and underwent metamorphism. Eventually the area was raised back near the surface and eroded to its current exposure.(


2013 Flytrap Frolic

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Join us for the

Third Annual Flytrap Frolic!

Saturday, April 20, 2013




The Coastal Land Trust will be hosting the third annual Flytrap Frolic on Saturday, April 20th at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous gardens, located  behind the Alderman Elementary School , in Wilmington, NC. This free event will take place between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and will feature family friendly activities, guest speakers, and more!

In addition the Cape Fear Community College program of geology will be bringing a Fly Trap day to thirty two Elementary School classrooms. For more information about having a program at your school, contact Dan Sheret at


2013 looks like a busy year for CFCC geology

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Welcome to the 2013 CFCC Geology blog.  There are lots of exciting things to share.  At the close of last term we were contacted by a landowner not far from Boone, North Carolina. He brought in some very exciting artifacts found on his property.

Rare axe Head

Rare axe Head

Things only got more exciting from there! For the last month the Geology Program has inventoried and begun to catalog hundreds of  artifacts found on the property. The collection has yielded items from 12,000 years old, to items traded by the French in the 18th century. And we have only scratched the surface of what this site contains. Once the winter passes we plan a field school on site that will take a more in depth study. So far evidence suggests that a Native American culture was living there for thousands of years.

David King with just 10% of his collection

David King with just 10% of his collection on loan to CFCC.

Here is another sample of artifacts under study at CFCC.

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There is so much to examine.





New Course! Environmental Geology 230.

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This course provides insights into geological forces that causes environmental changes influencing man’s activities. Emphasis is placed on natural hazards and disasters caused by geological forces. Upon completion students should be able to relate major hazards and disasters to the geological forces responsible for their occurrences. ( Prerequisites GEL 120) 4 Credits

Space is limited. For more information, contact Alvin Coleman course instructor



Science Spooktacular

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Unleash Your Inner Mad Scientist!

Cape Fear Museum wants to UNfrighten you this season as we uncover the science behind the creepy and mysterious at Science Spooktacular! Create concoctions that bubble, glow, or even smoke in the Mad Lab and discover the secrets of magic in the Little Shop of Physics. Explore skeletons, spiders, bats, and more! It’s not spooky, it’s science! Come join members of the Science Department for a early Halloween party at the Cape Fear Museum of History on October 20th from 6-10 pm. The Science Club along with faculty from Geology, Biology, and Physics will  be on hand to Unleash Your Inner Mad Scientist!

*Appropriate for all ages.