Set on 14 acres within Cleveland Park, the Greenville Zoo houses more than 350 animals in recreated terrestrial habitats. The walking trails typically take between 60 and 90 minutes to tour, guiding guests to creatures such as lions, orangutans, and elephants. Giant tortoises lumber along to the delight of kids watching, and just down the path, giraffes curl their black tongues around clusters of leaves.
Through their accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, zookeepers uphold high standards in animal care, from maintaining realistic habitats to ensuring animals eat what they would in the wild. These AZA standards extend through other parts of the zoo's operations as well, including its educational programming and conservation efforts—the Quarters for Conservation initiative raises funds for local and global conservation programs.
To ensure that visits are relaxing and convenient, the zoo grounds include two playgrounds and several picnic facilities. The surrounding Cleveland Park affords further recreation such as walking paths and tennis courts.
The Generous Garden Project works to combat hunger in local communities by growing a steady supply of fresh produce, which it donates to local ministries and food banks. Volunteers plant and harvest vegetables in a 4.5-acre garden in Greenville, and share their skills by teaching others how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Local farmers also call upon The Generous Garden Project’s volunteers to glean crops that would otherwise be left to rot in the fields or be plowed after a harvest.
Live-fire training takes place at I Am Not A Victim's outdoor range. Depending on the class, instructors might set up targets on a concrete lot or grassy areas near the woods.
While many customers bring their own firearms, I Am Not A Victim also offers a rental package with a gun, holster, and ammunition.
Drawing upon 4 years as a US Army Ranger and more than 15 years in law enforcement, Mixon Eldridge ensures that students at I Am Not A Victim leave with an in-depth understanding of gun safety and responsibility. Mixon leads courses that cover subjects such as gun laws, firearm safety, and shooting fundamentals. Mixon’s basic and advance trainings take closer looks at drawing and holstering, basic marksmanship, and firing at targets.
A local cultural stalwart for more than 60 years, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra now proudly boasts world-class wand-wielder Edvard Tchivzhel as its conductor and music director. During the Grand Finale concert, Tchivzhel will lead skilled musicians through the melodic maze of Dvorak's Symphony no. 9 and Mussorgsky's engaging Pictures at an Exhibition, which synthesizes the aural and the visual better than a loud tropical shirt. Audience members in the upper balcony seats may check out free MP3 players proffering a wealth of concert information to additionally enliven listening.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
Greenville Adventure Boot Camp's exercise-hardened boot-camp trainer, Heather Coley, buffs up bodies with a shifting whirlwind of activities to prevent boredom and steady doses of encouragement to keep her sweat donors motivated. During a precamp evaluation, she'll take a few baseline measurements of your physical stats to compare with your end results, review your medical history, patiently listen to your hand puppet's complaints, and discuss your fitness goals. The 60-minute boot camp’s intensity level is flexible, with newbies and hardbodies alike aiming to max out their own physical threshold rather than someone else's. Each class, Heather dishes out a rotating mix of exercises, which might involve sprints, weight training, core blasts, obstacle courses, rope jumping, livestock hoisting, barrel sledgehammering, and spinning. Boot campers should bring their own mats, water, and towels.