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Conservation Conversations: National Trails Day

June 4, 2020

National Trails Day, which is the first Saturday in June, celebrates our public lands and trails! In this edition of Conservation Conversations, Executive Director Sandy Sweitzer starts off the webinar with a statement about TLC’s work to make the outdoors inclusive and welcoming for all people. Recent events have demonstrated that because of racism, there […]

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Land protection efforts are facing cuts in Orange County, and we need your help ASAP

June 4, 2020

Orange County’s Board of Commissioners is considering amendments to the county’s Capital Investment Plan that would postpone funding for the Lands Legacy Program and Conservation Easement Program for many years. This funding is critical to protect land, and Orange County’s program has served as a model for other counties in the area. Cutting this funding will make […]

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#HikeTLC: Beautiful photos from our nature preserves

May 22, 2020

Native wildflowers are blooming, fiddleheads are unfurling, and forests are growing greener from the ground up all around the Triangle. Nature heals. We are living in unprecedented times, and for many of us, a walk outside has offered more mental and physical relief than ever before. Our nature preserves remain open (going for hikes, walks, […]

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Conservation Conversations: Adventures on the MST

May 7, 2020

Adventures await on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, a 1,175-mile trail that stretches from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks! Friends of the MST Outreach Manager Betsy Brown shares resources on how to make the most out of your trip. TLC Director of Advancement and her family have been section-hiking the trail, and they share […]

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Conservation Conversations: Nature Needs TLC

April 23, 2020

TLC celebrated Earth Day (and a very successful TLC Giving Day!) with board members Mavis Gragg, Sam Cook, Marlena Byrne, and Sean Lilly Wilson! They joined Executive Director Sandy Sweitzer for a community conversation about conservation in the Triangle region. Learn what inspires them to volunteer for TLC and shape the future of conservation in […]

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Conservation Conversations: Learning in Nature!

April 16, 2020

We were thrilled to partner with Marty Jorgensen, program director at Schoolhouse of Wonder, and Wendy Banning, co-founder and executive director of Learning Outside, for our fourth Conservation Conversations: Learning in Nature! TLC AmeriCorps member Elicia Senff also presented on ways to engage children outside, introducing a new program called Triangle Explorer. These inspiring environmental […]

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Conservation Conversations: Steering the StewardShip

April 9, 2020

Our third Conservation Conversations: Steering the StewardShip, hosted on April 8, featured Associate Director of Stewardship Matt Rutledge and Stewardship Associate Caroline Durham talking about how TLC cares for its protected properties throughout the Triangle! Sign up for our next one, Learning in Nature! with Learning Outside Executive Director Wendy Banning, Schoolhouse of Wonder Program […]

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Conservation Conversations: Conservation from Start to Stewardship

April 2, 2020

Our second Conservation Conversations, hosted on April 1, featured Conservation Manager Margaret Sands talking about the tools TLC uses to conserve wild and working lands throughout the Triangle. Thank you to everyone who joined us and made the evening a success! Sign up for our next one, Steering the StewardShip with Associate Director of Stewardship Matt […]

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Conservation Conversations: Conservation & Regenerative Agriculture

March 26, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, we hosted our very first Conservation Conversations! Eliza Lawdley, TLC’s farm manager, and Sandy Sweitzer, executive director, talked about conservation, regenerative agriculture, and the future Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve. Thank you to everyone who joined in and made the evening a success! We’ll be hosting these every Wednesday through April. […]

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