Events

TLC nature preserves are still open! Stay 6 feet apart, take all trash with you, and avoid overcrowding the parking lots.

Get Wild! Find your next adventure with TLC. View and register for upcoming events, or search by category for different types of events.

Please visit our VolunteerHub page to create a profile if you are interested in volunteering with TLC.

Apr
10
Sat
White Pines Nature Tour @ White Pines Nature Preserve
Apr 10 @ 8:45 am – 11:00 am
Take a guided tour through one of the most unique and isolated ecosystems in the Southeast. Follow TLC Trail Guide, Denis DuBay, through our very first Nature Preserve where he will engage you with everything from land histories to information on the ecology of the preserve. He may even turn the tables and ask you questions about what you might have seen at White Pines in the near or distant past by viewing today’s landscape through a forest forensics lens.
All participants, volunteers, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose the entire hike. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!
Apr
17
Sat
Star Party at Williamson Farm and Nature Preserve @ Bailey and Sarah Williamson Farm and Nature Preserve
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Star Party at Williamson Farm and Nature Preserve @ Bailey and Sarah Williamson Farm and Nature Preserve

Join us at Williamson Farm and Nature Preserve to take part in the annual NC Science Festival Star Party with TLC! Did you know that you can walk the entire solar system at our Preserve? Dart around Mars and the Moon while dodging asteroids by taking just a short scaled solar system walk on one of our trails. You can also complete hands-on activities that range from arts and crafts to having fun with moon phase oreos. We’ll end the night with guided star gazing after exploring the wonders at Williamson.

We will be outside the entire time, so dress for the weather, bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit in, and be sure to bring your excitement! We can’t wait to see you!

When registering, please only register once for each family unit, each individual does not need to be registered.

 

Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. Through a series of community-based events each April (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses, and other local organizations), the Festival celebrates the economic, educational, and cultural impacts of science in North Carolina. It is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, please visit ncscifest.org.

 

Apr
20
Tue
Earth Week – Speed Hike @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:50 pm

Celebrate Earth Week with TLC! Find a new way to connect with nature with a speed hike at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. TLC volunteer, Jon, will take you on an aerobic journey through the quiet evening forest. This is a great event for those looking to get some serious exercise. Leashed dogs are welcome to join. The hike will be approximately 3 miles long with a goal pace of 15 minutes per mile. All participants, volunteers, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose the entire hike. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!


Apr
22
Thu
TLC Giving Day 2021
Apr 22 all-day

Save the date! #NatureNeedsTLC on April 22!

This Earth Day, support local conservation to help unlock $60,000 to accelerate the conservation of the lands you love. TLC is doubling the pace of conservation to safeguard clean water, support local farms and food, protect wildlife habitat, and connect people to nature. A few generous long-term TLC supporters have offered to match all donations during this 24-hour challenge to help us meet our bold conservation goals. Mark your calendars for April 22!

Earth Week – Seek and Discover Hike @ Brumley North
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Whether Stony creek trail is a new or an old favorite, come and see it and Brumley Nature Preserve with new eyes this Earth Day. Before you leave the house, download the Seek by iNaturalist App for your smartphones. We will see how many living things we can share with each other on a walk along the gorgeous banks of Stony creek. This hike is geared toward families and the young at heart. Be prepared to hike as much as 2 miles or less as we adventure to discover interesting life forms instead of counted steps.

All participants, volunteers, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose the entire hike. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!


April 2021 – Eastcut Sandwich Bar TLC Fundraiser @ Eastcut Sandwich Bar
Apr 22 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

This Earth Day, Thursday April 22nd, eat a delicious sandwich and support TLC at the same time! Eastcut Sandwich Bar is donating 10% of the day’s sales to TLC. All month long you’ll also see information about TLC on their website, as well as a donation button. Get a head start by figuring out what you want to order by checking out their menu!

One of Eastcut’s Core Values is “Giving Back.” In the spirit of that, they have set out to formalize their impact strategy in order to make giving more intentional and meaningful to their non-profit partners.  The newly launched Eastcut Sandwich Utopia Pledge is a pledge to donate the equivalent of 1% of annual revenue through funds to directly donate, funds raised from the community, in-kind donations, and volunteer time. The pledge focuses on three pillars that directly connect with Eastcut’s mission and journey as a company: Food Insecurity, Education & Entrepreneurship, and the Environment. Eastcut identifies and partners with a non-profit organization doing great work in each pillar – their current partners are The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, Seeds, and Triangle Land Conservancy.

Apr
28
Wed
Trail Guide Training Spring 2021 @ Zoom
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you enjoy hiking our trails and preserves? Do you want to be able to share that with others? To become a TLC Trail Guide, Hike Leader, or Environmental Education Leader you first need to be trained!

We will meet by zoom on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm April 28th, May 5th, and 12th. There will also be in person practice trail trainings offered. These trainings will cover basic information about TLC, the expectations of each role, trail etiquette and protection, common programs, and what to do in case of emergency.  You must sign up for all of the zoom trainings and at least 3 of the 4 in person trail trainings to pass. When you have completed the 10 hour training and received your background check you will become an official TLC Trail Guide!

The zoom trainings will be recorded so that you can watch them on your own time if you are not able to attend the prescheduled time.

To register, please go to our Volunteer Hub page, make an account and register for all Trail Guide training dates. To see the schedule, then follow this link.

May
1
Sat
Justice Journey Community Bike Ride @ Rena Community Center
May 1 @ 9:00 am

Join Triangle Bikeworks for a ride centered on youth engagement and racial equity, as part of the national series supported bu the Youth Bike Summit. Bike checks will begin at 9am at Rena Community Center, and the ride will begin at 10. Cyclists must wear a helmet and mask at all times.You can RSVP at this link.

Get Wild! Pollinator Wizards @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Triangle Land Conservancy on an adventure through the world of the pollinator at our Horton Grove Nature Preserve. Channel your inner wizard to find your pollinator charm, learn about their life cycle, and how they help ensure that we have food on our tables. Put yourself in the shoes of an ant or the wings of a bat to discover how creatures other than bumble bees are essential pollinators. Triangle Land Conservancy’s mission of preserving natural habitat, safeguarding clean water, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature are all interconnected with this program, so come Get Wild and see if you are a Pollinator Wizard!


Rhodo Ramble 2021 @ Flower Hill Nature Preserve
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn how Flower Hill Nature Preserve got its name! Join us for our traditional early May nature walk at this Johnston County jewel to view the magnificent blooms of Catawba rhododendron and other wildflowers. These spring blooms drew thousands of visitors to the property in the 1930s, learn from a local botanist about what makes them so special especially in this location! This ~1 mile hike is free and open to all in the community.

All participants, volunteers, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose the entire hike. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!

Questions? email dedmonds@triangleland.org


May
5
Wed
Trail Guide Training Spring 2021 @ Zoom
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you enjoy hiking our trails and preserves? Do you want to be able to share that with others? To become a TLC Trail Guide, Hike Leader, or Environmental Education Leader you first need to be trained!

We will meet by zoom on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm April 28th, May 5th, and 12th. There will also be in person practice trail trainings offered. These trainings will cover basic information about TLC, the expectations of each role, trail etiquette and protection, common programs, and what to do in case of emergency.  You must sign up for all of the zoom trainings and at least 3 of the 4 in person trail trainings to pass. When you have completed the 10 hour training and received your background check you will become an official TLC Trail Guide!

The zoom trainings will be recorded so that you can watch them on your own time if you are not able to attend the prescheduled time.

To register, please go to our Volunteer Hub page, make an account and register for all Trail Guide training dates. To see the schedule, then follow this link.

May
7
Fri
“Kendra Scott Gives Back” to Benefit TLC @ Kendra Scott
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
"Kendra Scott Gives Back" to Benefit TLC @ Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott (Southpoint) has chosen TLC to receive 20% from all purchases on May 7. “Shop for good” all day long online, or shop in person from 4:00-6:00 PM! For online orders, use code GIVEBACK-16QP at checkout.

May
8
Sat
Mother’s Day Hike & Picnic with Gear Up @ Williamson Nature Preserve
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Our friends at Gear Up are offering a Mother’s Day Hike and Picnic at Williamson Preserve on May 8th, 2021 from 9:30 – 1:00! A percentage of proceeds will benefit TLC.

This is a perfect gift to a special Momma in your life (which may mean this is a gift for you!). This can also be a great way to connect with your Mom in nature.

Explore a new, protected land as we hike the trails of Williamson Preserve. We’ll be on the lookout for wildflowers, birds, even wild plum trees as we celebrate you, Momma! Have a few hours just to yourself and hangout with other Moms as we relax in nature.

We’ll end this beautiful hike with a picnic catered by Unforgettable Food Affairs, a local catering business! We’ll enjoy raspberry lemonade, sweet tea, gourmet sandwiches, delectable sides, and a cookie to end a wonderful morning taking in this preserve.

For more information and to register, visit Gear Up’s website at here!

 

Plein Air Art Class with Nerys Levy @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
May 8 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Open up to the Natural World With a Plein Air Art Class at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

 

Join us at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve for a Plein Air (on-site) art class workshop  – registration required! Our instructor, Nerys Levy, is a member artist at FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill. She has traveled the world documenting our planet’s fauna and flora and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. You can see her work both on her website at neryslevy.com and at FRANK Gallery www.frankisart.com. Nerys has taught Plein air art classes for many years and will help you explore Johnston Mill’s natural beauty by looking, drawing, and painting. You don’t have to be an expert to join this class and if you have had some prior artistic experience she will inspire you to re-engage! This class is recommended for both children and adults over 10 years old. Participants will be required to bring a few basic art supplies to class.

Saturday, May 22nd from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

All participants, volunteers, instructors, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose for the entire workshop.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for minors (under 18)

 


May
12
Wed
Trail Guide Training Spring 2021 @ Zoom
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you enjoy hiking our trails and preserves? Do you want to be able to share that with others? To become a TLC Trail Guide, Hike Leader, or Environmental Education Leader you first need to be trained!

We will meet by zoom on Wednesdays from 11am-12pm April 28th, May 5th, and 12th. There will also be in person practice trail trainings offered. These trainings will cover basic information about TLC, the expectations of each role, trail etiquette and protection, common programs, and what to do in case of emergency.  You must sign up for all of the zoom trainings and at least 3 of the 4 in person trail trainings to pass. When you have completed the 10 hour training and received your background check you will become an official TLC Trail Guide!

The zoom trainings will be recorded so that you can watch them on your own time if you are not able to attend the prescheduled time.

To register, please go to our Volunteer Hub page, make an account and register for all Trail Guide training dates. To see the schedule, then follow this link.

May
15
Sat
White Pines Nature Tour May 2021 @ White Pines Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 8:45 am – 11:00 am

Take a guided tour through one of the most unique and isolated ecosystems in the Southeast. Follow TLC Trail Guide, Denis DuBay, through our very first Nature Preserve where he will engage you with everything from land histories to information on the ecology of the preserve. He may even turn the tables and ask you questions about what you might have seen at White Pines in the near or distant past by viewing today’s landscape through a forest forensics lens.
All participants, volunteers, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose the entire hike. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!


May
22
Sat
Birding with Gear Up @ Brumley North
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Have you looked into your backyard and wondered what birds you are seeing? Or are you just curious about birds that roam the Piedmont of NC? Join Gear Up co-owner, Thomas Briley on a little birding adventure at Brumley North. Learn about what tools to use, what resources are useful, and just what to look for when identifying a bird. Birding is a great outdoor skill to have that is little to no cost, helps build observation in nature, and you can literally do it anywhere at any time.

All participants, volunteers, instructors, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose for the entire workshop.

Questions? Contact Diquan Edmonds at dedmonds@triangleland.org

 

Plein Air Art Class with Nerys Levy @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
May 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Open up to the Natural World With a Plein Air Art Class at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

 

Join us at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve for a Plein Air (on-site) art class workshop  – registration required! Our instructor, Nerys Levy, is a member artist at FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill. She has traveled the world documenting our planet’s fauna and flora and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. You can see her work both on her website at neryslevy.com and at FRANK Gallery www.frankisart.com. Nerys has taught Plein air art classes for many years and will help you explore Johnston Mill’s natural beauty by looking, drawing, and painting. You don’t have to be an expert to join this class and if you have had some prior artistic experience she will inspire you to re-engage! This class is recommended for both children and adults over 10 years old. Participants will be required to bring a few basic art supplies to class.

Saturday, May 22nd from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

All participants, volunteers, instructors, and TLC staff will be required to wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose for the entire workshop.

Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for minors (under 18)

 


Jun
5
Sat
Celebrate Land Trust Day at Great Outdoor Provision Co. @ Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Our friends at Great Outdoor Provision Co. celebrate Land Trust Day the 1st Saturday in June. This year, 10% of all sales will be donated to protect the wild places we all love and the organizations that advocate for inclusion in outdoor recreation for all, including us at TLC! Please join Great Outdoor Provision Co. on Saturday, June 5, in support of open space and open minds across NC & VA.

 

For more information about Great Outdoor Provision Co., visit their website at www.greatoutdoorprovision.com
First Saturday Hike June @ Brumley Nature Preserve (North Lot)
Jun 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We are officially reinstituting our First Saturday Hikes! And we aren’t just choosing any Saturday to start them on, we’re starting with a bang on National Trails Day! So come on out and join us on trail for an afternoon social hike after the heat of the day. TLC Trail Guide, Ann, will be leading the group through the northern section of Brumley Forest and will cover about 3 miles of trail.
Meet new friends and get hiking with TLC on the first Saturday of each month! Don’t forget your water bottle, bug spray, sunscreen, and mask if you haven’t been vaccinated and we will see you out there to celebrate our trails!
Please follow this link to register!
Jun
18
Fri
Visit us at Marbles Kids Museum! @ Marbles Kids Museum
Jun 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Throughout the month of June, Marbles Kids Museum in Downtown Raleigh is celebrating Outdoor Adventures. On Friday, June 18th, stop by TLC’s table at the museum! We will be sharing information about TLC and will have a couple of fun and informative activities about pollinators! After visiting our table, be sure to check out the screening of “Into America’s Wild 3D” at Marbles IMAX. For more information about the movie, click this link.

Jun
19
Sat
Juneteenth at Stagville State Historic Site @ Stagville State Historic Site
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Almost a thousand people were freed at Stagville at the end of the Civil War. How did freedom come? What did emancipation really mean? What hopes, dreams, and fears did freed families have?

On Juneteenth, Historic Stagville invites visitors to remember emancipation and explore the history of the struggle for freedom on one of North Carolina’s largest plantations. Outdoors guided tours about emancipation and the legacies of slavery will be offered between 10 am to 4 pm. Self-guided tours are also available all day.

Admission and tours are free for all.

For more information, visit this page: https://historicsites.nc.gov/events/juneteenth-stagville

 

White Pines Mushroom Tour @ White Pines Nature Preserve
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Take a guided tour through the wonders of TLC’s first nature preserve at White Pines! TLC Trail Guide, Susannah, will lead you on a trail adventure to explore the world of the fungus among us and take a deep dive into all things mushroom. This tour is greatly dependent on the weather, so keep your fingers crossed for some rain in the days before the 19th!
In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks should be worn by those who are unvaccinated or when anyone cannot maintain social distancing with guests other than your family/pod. TLC  seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. We encourage others to be respectful of personal choice about mask wearing.
Note: This is not a foraging class and removal of any plant or living thing from a TLC Preserve is prohibited unless on a TLC sanctioned event. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. Dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and we look forward to seeing you out on trail!
Please use this link to register.
Jun
20
Sun
Get Wild! Stream Crawlers @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come on out to our Horton Grove Nature Preserve and explore our waterways! We will learn all about why it is important to conserve streams and creeks and what you can do to help! Then we will even perform our very own study of the ecosystem to see if we can find any indicator species that will show us how healthy the environment is. If you are a member of the Triangle Explorers program then you will also earn your Get Wild! badge and your Conservation badge!
In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks should be worn by those who are unvaccinated or when anyone cannot maintain social distancing with guests other than your family/pod. TLC  seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. We encourage others to be respectful of personal choice about mask wearing.
This is a free event but pre-registration is required. Make sure to wear shoes and clothes that you can both hike a little bit in and get wet in a creek! We will see you out there, but don’t forget your water bottle and sunscreen!
Please follow this link to register!
Jun
26
Sat
What the Map? with Gear Up @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Our friends at Gear Up are offering a special hike to our community. Feel fully equipped to take on the outdoors by learning how to use a map and compass in this program. We’ll be trekking through the Horton Grove Preserve, observing the terrain and comparing it to a map. On our journey, explore the use of a compass and using it with our newfound map reading skills. In this outing, we will be hiking quite a bit to fully immerse ourselves in the navigation. Please bring a daypack with snacks and plenty of water.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks should be worn by those who are unvaccinated or when anyone cannot maintain social distancing with guests other than your family/pod. TLC  seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. We encourage others to be respectful of personal choice about mask wearing.

Please follow this link to register!

Volunteer Summer Bash! @ Brumley Nature Preserve (Volunteer Access)
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us in celebration of you! We want to say thank you to all of our volunteers for dedicating their time and effort to help us make the Triangle a more vibrant and healthy region. We would not be able to accomplish our goals without you all and we especially want to recognize those that are old and new that have helped us through the trying times of the pandemic. So what better way to say thank you than with a Locopop, lawn games, and special staff-led tours of the planned expansion area at our Brumley Forest Nature Preserve?

The event lasts from 10am-1pm and in an attempt to limit large group sizes we will be asking everyone to register for a specific arrival time below. We will have raffles and tours every hour so that no groups will miss out on anything that they would like to participate in. Please note that the Locopops cart will only be at the event from 11am-1pm, but if you choose the 10am slot we would happily have you stick around until the main event arrives. When you arrive you will receive a ticket to exchange for one “big kid pop” of your choice and then there will more available to purchase if you decide you need more than one flavor!

In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks should be worn by those who are unvaccinated or when anyone cannot maintain social distancing with guests other than your family/pod. TLC  seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. We encourage others to be respectful of personal choice about mask wearing.

Register below for your arrival time:

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