Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, is planning the upcoming program, “Herpetology of the Red Hills,” at the new Learning Center on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is being presented by Phil Spivey, wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Have you ever wondered what that strange snoring sound was coming from a nearby pond or what unique critters lived below the tannic waters of a southwest Georgia wetland? Put on your wellies and wading pants and join Spivey for an adventure in herpetology you won’t soon forget. Learn about the reptiles and amphibians that call southwest Georgia home while exploring some of Pebble Hill’s wetland habitats, gopher tortoise burrows and longleaf pine forests. Participants will need to dress appropriately for hiking and exploring wet areas.

The program will begin 9 a.m. at the Pebble Hill Learning Center, where Spivey will give a presentation on the reptiles and amphibians of southwest Georgia, then provide a hands-on experience with several live animal specimens. Participants will complete the program by driving their vehicles to Pebble Hill’s longleaf pine forest and wetland habitats where Spivey will lead them on an adventurous field trip to search for these fascinating creatures.

Spivey grew up in eastern North Carolina and developed an early fascination of reptiles and amphibians, especially snakes. He attended the University of Georgia and completed his master of science degree researching the ecology of diamondback terrapins working under Dr. Whit Gibbons, the South’s most energetic and influential herpetologist. Spivey has worked in the Red Hills now for almost 20 years and specializes in longleaf pine ecology.

To further the educational component of its mission, Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, has recently conserved and repurposed an existing 1930’s chicken barn for use as a Learning Center. The multi-faceted space will provide a presentation space for workshops and educational classes for adults and children to expand their knowledge through firsthand involvement with variety of topics and activities in the unique setting of Pebble Hill.

Participants are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds of Pebble Hill after the field trip. Space is limited and registration is required before June 15 by calling (229) 226-2344. Adult reservations are $15 and children ages 5-12 are $10 per participant. For additional information, visit or call 229-226-2344.

About Pebble Hill Plantation

Pebble Hill Plantation was developed into a prime 20th century shooting plantation by the Hanna family of Cleveland, Ohio. Elisabeth (“Pansy”) Ireland Poe, a Hanna granddaughter and the last family member to own the property, willed that the plantation become a museum at her death. This remarkable plantation has been open to the public since October 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For additional information, visit the plantation’s website at

Pebble Hill Plantation is located at 1251 U.S. Hwy. 319 South in Thomasville.

Herpetology of the Red Hills

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Learning Center, Pebble Hill Plantation

9 A.M. to 12 P.M.