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Wild Exploration

This summer, let your imagination run wild as you uncover the wonders of the natural world right in your own backyard! Explore interactive displays and immerse yourself in the fun of classic lawn games that showcase the diversity of flora and fauna. Challenge your friends and family to a game of giant Jenga, Cornhole, or Connect Four. As you play, you’ll learn valuable lessons in the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the importance of conservation. From buzzing bees to chirping crickets, you’ll marvel at the intricate web of life that surrounds us.


Wild Exploration

The Great Dismal Swamp: A refuge for people, Underground Railroad site for freedom seekers and Spiritual energy for reflection, healing and hope for future generations

Speaker: Eric ‘Mubita’ Sheppard | Founder & President, Mubita, LLC

The Moses Grandy slave narrative entitled “The Life of Moses Grandy; Late a Slave in the United States of America” was published in 1843 by the British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in London, England.  I uncovered this document during my family genealogy research in 2001. It is an honor for me to be a descendant of the Grandy family from Camden, North Carolina and it is also the birthplace of my ancestor Moses Grandy. The presentation will take you on the journey through the Moses Grandy slave narrative that leads into the historical significance for people at the Great Dismal Swamp, which opened the doors of strategic partnership between the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the historic Barotse Kingdom in Western Province, Zambia. 

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management from the University of Maryland, University College and holds Associate in Arts Degree from Catonsville Community College and Associate in Applied Science Degree from the Community College of the Air Force.

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