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.

We are currently only hosting small, socially distant volunteer activities, or remote and self-led. Please visit our VolunteerHub page to create a profile if you are interested in volunteering with TLC.

Education Trail Volunteer Day @ Brumley Forest Nature Preserve
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


TLC is creating an educational trail at Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. We need your help to construct, decorate, and place cover boards and frog tubes. The cover boards and frog tubes will provide habitat for lizards, snakes, salamanders, and frogs while also making these animals easier to find and giving us the opportunity to observe and learn about a variety of amphibians and reptiles. This is also an opportunity for volunteers to see Brumley before the preserve opens to the public. Children ages 4 and up can help paint and ages 8 and up can help assemble and place the trail elements.

Please wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and clothes that can get dirty. Volunteer activities are designed for ages 4+, though younger children are welcome to accompany the group.

Get Wild! Salamanders @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

salamanderAs the weather cools down for fall, salamanders are becoming active again. Join us for a family hike, as we search for salamanders. Then if you have time join us at Chapel Hill Library in the afternoon to read books about salamanders and try creating your own salamander slime.

Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather. This program is perfect for families with children ages 4+, though younger children are welcome to accompany the group. The trail does not accommodate strollers.

Please note that this program was originally scheduled at Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve, but has been moved to Johnston Mill because of hurricane damage on the Swift Creek Bluffs Trails.

Nature Explorers: Salamanders @ Chapel Hill Library
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

nature-explorers-salamandersDid you know there are more species of salamanders in NC than in any other state? Join TLC at the Chapel Hill Library as we learn about these fascinating creatures. We’ll read salamander stories, learn tricks for finding and protecting salamanders in our own neighborhoods, and make salamander slime to take home.

This program is perfect for families with children ages 4+. Please register on the Chapel Hill Library website.


Get Wild! Fall Colors @ J. Logan and Elinor Moore Irvin Nature Preserve
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


This event is now full. A few spots are still reserved for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor pairs, who may register separately. Please contact or 919-908-0054 to register as a mentor pair. Otherwise please join us at future Get Wild! events.

Join TLC and Learning Outside at Irvin Nature Preserve for an evening of family fun celebrating the fall season. We’ll paint pumpkins, use the colorful fall leaves to create sun catchers, try some nature games, and end the night roasting marshmallows over the campfire.

All ages welcome. Please dress for the weather and bring a chair/blanket to sit around the campfire.


Birding with Colleen @ Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Sep 23 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am


Explore one of seven WakeWonders on this early morning birding excursion at TLC’s Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve. Join Colleen Bockhahn of Wake Audubon Society to meet the many birds that call this small nature preserve home and some that might just be passing through. Please bring water, binoculars if you have them, and dress according to the weather. There are no bathrooms available at Swift Creek Bluffs.

This outing is free, but space is limited. Please register below to save your spot on the hike:

Get Wild! Fall Colors @ J. Logan and Elinor Moore Irvin Nature Preserve
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join TLC at Irvin Nature Preserve for a morning of family fun celebrating the fall season. We’ll learn about why leaves change color while looking for some of our own to use for seasonal crafts!  This is a free event but does require pre registration.  See below to register.

This program is open to families with children ages 4 and up. Remember to dress for the weather, and to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.

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