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Gaston County PAWS and Bit of Hope Ranch.

- 10 September, 2019 -


The Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards lends a helping hand.

The PAWS was able to meet an unusual request from the Bit of Hope Ranch, Inc. located in Gastonia, NC.  Bit of Hope Ranch provides Outdoor Nature Programs as well as Equine Assisted Therapies for counseling, physical therapy and leadership/educational programs.


The center wanted to add some stations to their riding arena which would inspire and create a new dimension which would help entice individuals to "get out of their comfort zone and interact with others more openly" plus give the kids a new way of looking at "finishing a task or solving simple tasks".  The idea requires riders to move around the arena on horseback, stop at a select station and remove an item from the box.  In theory that item could contain any number of ideas, requests, or something as simple as a "treat".  All of which is intended to get kids to express themselves more openly thereby helping them to more effectively communicate and articulate any topic or idea.   


Meg Vanderbilt, Executive Director of the facility, also wanted to add some boxes to the riding trails.  Rising to the need, the Gaston County PAWS group built special wooden, fake (looks like) bird houses which were installed in the riding arena and the trail system.  These types of partnerships are another way in which the PAWS can partner with and enhance our environment, community, and kids.





2019 PAW's Youth Day Event

- 28 September, 2019 -


The 2019 PAW's Youth Day Event has been set for 28 September, 2019.  This years event will again be held at the Iron Gate Farm, Bowling Springs, SC which is just off Ridge Road on Bellegray Road.  This beautiful track of land is just minutes from the Wood Duck Farm which served us fo r many years.   This pristine and tranquil setting will be an ideal place for kids to experience the outdoors.  Plan to attend by reserving this date now on your calendar!

2019 Annual Youth Day Event - Ages 6 to 16 - This is a Free Event 

Date: September 28, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Place:   Iron Gate Farm, 649 Bellegray Road, Clover, SC 29710


Enjoy an outdoor event with your child. Various outdoor activities will be provided, including a meal of Hotdogs and Hamburgers:

  Rock Climbing Wall                    Bow & Arrow Shooting                         Fishing

  Skeet Shooting                       Horseback Riding                               Bounce House              

  Fire Truck Demos                    Sling Shot Shooting

Groups of 10 or more - PLEASE RSVP by calling Larry Capps 704-914-7177

 “Your notification to us of large groups allows for better managing our food purchases.”



North Carolina Wildlife Federation holds annual awards banquet.

- 7 September, 2019 -


The North Carolina Wildlife Federation announced the winners of the 56th Annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards. This year’s winners are exceedingly notable conservation devotees who work for wildlife, habitat, and those who cherish natural resources. They are land stewardship champions, water advocates, and leaders in the preservation of unique ecosystems. The award winners include agency professionals, elected officials, dedicated volunteers and organizations rising to the challenge.


The Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards was honored through the selection of their Chapter President, Mr. Larry Capps, as this year's recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award.  

"Wildlife Volunteer – Larry Capps (Gastonia) – An avid sportsman and wildlife enthusiast, Capps leaves his conservation mark wherever he goes. He has transformed hundreds of acres into wildlife sanctuary, has led the charge in installing wood duck boxes, osprey platforms, pollinator gardens and fish attractors to promote healthy wildlife and habitat, in Gaston County and beyond. Capps is tireless in his efforts to promote conservation and getting youth and others involved in the outdoors."

Please click on the below link and read the full story:


2019 PAWS Sportsman's Banquet

- 23 March, 2019 -


UPDATE: Wildlife Benefit Banquet and Oyster Roast has been sold out!


A special thanks to all of our supporters as this yearly social event is once again a sell out made possible by advance ticket sales.  

The 2019 Wildlife Benefit Banquet and Oyster Roast will once again be held at Wood Duck Farm, 1687 Robinson Road, Gastonia, North Carolina. 

Wildlife Benefit Banquet and Oyster Roast Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS);  A Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, presents a Fund Raising Event for the benefit of Gaston County Wildlife and Wildlife Associated Activities:

Date:    March 23, 2019         

Time:   6 P.M.

Place: Wood Duck Farm 1687 Robinson Road Gastonia, N.C. 28056

Event will include dinner/oyster roast/shrimp, live auction, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, & a full service bar.

Tickets:   $30 Child Ticket (under 16)

$65 per person;

$100 a Couple; or,

$250 for a Sponsor  Couple


For Tickets call:   Larry Capps  704-914-7177;     Bill Morgan  704-616-9447;     Jim Hoyle  704-813-3667;

Mark Lowe  704-740-6246 or TJ Wilson  704-860-4386


This yearly social event is generally a sell out by advance ticket sales.  Once the event sales out, no admissions can be allowed at the door.  Please reserve your tickets today by calling one of the above representatives.

Local News Coverage and Recap of PAW's Activities

- 27 January, 2019 -


The following link provides a recap of news media coverage which highlights recent PAWS activities.  These generous donations are made available only through your direct support and those of our local business concerns who participate through donations of time, material, and direct monetary support.  Without you, these activities would not be possible.  Thank you for making North Carolina a better place.  


Please click on the below link and read the full story:


2018 PAW's Youth Day Event

- 29 September, 2018 -


The 2018 PAW's Youth Day Event has been set for 29 September, 2018.  This years event will be held at the Iron Gate Farm, Bowling Springs, SC which is just off Ridge Road on Bellegray Road.  This beautiful track of land is just minutes from the Wood Duck Farm which served us for many years.  This pristine and tranquil setting will be an ideal place for kids to experience the outdoors.  Reserve this date now on your calendar and be sure to return often for there will be more information to come



PAWS Organization Supports the Gaston County YMCA

- 28 July 2017 -

The PAWS Group came together for another work day and joined forces with the City of Gastonia Utility Department in erecting an "above ground Osprey Nesting Habitat". This unique structure is located at the southern end of Robinwood Lake which will become home to our new YMCA. This premier location is a beautiful 30+ acre body of water nestled just off Robinwood Road and once construction is complete, will become a wonderful place for families to join together for fun and relaxation in a Christian atmosphere. For more information on our Osprey Habitat Initiative, please click on the adjacent photo which will take you to our Projects Section and enjoy watching an Osprey on the hunt for food.

PAWS Organization Supports Gaston Young Guns

-20 July, 2017- 

The PAWS Group has long been a supporter of our local Gaston Young Guns Shooting Sports Team (GYGSS). This year we are pleased that we can continue our support through this financial contribution toward their on-going day-to-day operations. Their efforts and contributions to these fine young adults stand as an example of concern and community involvement which would otherwise not be available. The support of the community and those organizations and individuals who sponsor the PAWS make this contribution available and we thank you for that. Making the presentation for the PAWS Group is Chapter President Larry Capps and PAWS member Mark Lowe.

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