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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mecklenburg County is home to 210 parks on more than 16,500 acres.

One of those is Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, off Rocky River Road. There you'll find over 10 miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, athletic fields, and a lot more.

Reedy Creek Nature Center is also in the Nature Preserve. It has live, native animals, an exhibit hall, a classroom, and a gift shop. Outside, you can observe nature in action at the Backyard Habitat Garden which includes bird feeding stations, butterfly gardens, and a demonstration compost area.

This morning on Larry's Look, we got a close-up look at this beautiful spot in Mecklenburg County. Also featured was the James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies. which is inside the Nature Center.

Scientists there study the plant and animal life of the Piedmont region. The Center houses a huge natural history collection, documenting the unique plants that are found in this port of the state.

For more information, go to: www.charmeck.org.

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