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EXPLORESpots 101

HotSpots

ecoEXPLORE Hotspots are special areas for ecoEXPLORERS to make observations of plants and animals. These are great places to make your first “share” or observation. Participants can take a photo with their own device or check out an iPod Touch at The North Carolina Arboretum, any Buncombe County library branch or at the Madison County public library.

GetSpots

GetSpots are places where participants can cash in their points in exchange for prizes.

LoanSpots

LoanSpots are locations where participants can use their library card to check out equipment, such as binoculars, insect nets, iPod Touch units and trail cameras.

MegaSpots

An ecoEXPLORE MegaSpot includes multiple HotSpots plus a GetSpot and/or LoanSpot. Be sure to view a MegaSpot map for tips on where to find certain wildlife. Printed maps are available at each MegaSpot or can be viewed online.