Events

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Mar
3
Thu
Triangle Farms for Food Stakeholder Meeting @ Wake County Agricultural Service Building
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Buffalo Spring FarmThe Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and its partners, including TLC, with grant support from the Triangle Community Foundation, are developing a regional farmland preservation and agricultural development strategy for the Triangle. The project area includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

The stakeholders meeting will bring together farmers, resource professionals and others interested farmland protection, farmland access, local food, and food security. If you are interested in promotion and development of a sustainable and economically viable local food system, please join us to provide your ideas for place-based conservation and agricultural economic development strategies.

The stakeholder meetings will provide background information on the project and include opportunities for you to provide input on:

  • Why farmland preservation is important to your community.
  • Voluntary conservation strategies to protect farmland.
  • Agricultural economic development strategies for improving farm profitability
  • Farmland preservation maps and focus areas.

We value everyone’s input, and hope you will be able to join us! Register now to attend this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triangle-farms-for-food-stakeholder-meeting-registration-21454404702 

Mar
10
Thu
Triangle Farms for Food Stakeholder Meeting @ Orange County Environmental and Agricultural Center
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Buffalo Spring FarmThe Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and its partners, including TLC, with grant support from the Triangle Community Foundation, are developing a regional farmland preservation and agricultural development strategy for the Triangle. The project area includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

The stakeholders meeting will bring together farmers, resource professionals and others interested farmland protection, farmland access, local food, and food security. If you are interested in promotion and development of a sustainable and economically viable local food system, please join us to provide your ideas for place-based conservation and agricultural economic development strategies.

The stakeholder meetings will provide background information on the project and include opportunities for you to provide input on:

  • Why farmland preservation is important to your community.
  • Voluntary conservation strategies to protect farmland.
  • Agricultural economic development strategies for improving farm profitability
  • Farmland preservation maps and focus areas.

We value everyone’s input, and hope you will be able to join us! Register now to attend this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triangle-farms-for-food-stakeholder-meeting-registration-21454609314

Mar
16
Wed
Triangle Farms for Food Stakeholder Meeting @ Chatham County Agricultural Building Auditorium
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Buffalo Spring FarmThe Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and its partners, including TLC, with grant support from the Triangle Community Foundation, are developing a regional farmland preservation and agricultural development strategy for the Triangle. The project area includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties.

The stakeholders meeting will bring together farmers, resource professionals and others interested farmland protection, farmland access, local food, and food security. If you are interested in promotion and development of a sustainable and economically viable local food system, please join us to provide your ideas for place-based conservation and agricultural economic development strategies.

The stakeholder meetings will provide background information on the project and include opportunities for you to provide input on:

  • Why farmland preservation is important to your community.
  • Voluntary conservation strategies to protect farmland.
  • Agricultural economic development strategies for improving farm profitability
  • Farmland preservation maps and focus areas.

We value everyone’s input, and hope you will be able to join us! Register now to attend this free event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triangle-farms-for-food-stakeholder-meeting-registration-21454680527

Mar
29
Tue
Muddy Boots for Preschoolers @ West Point on the Eno
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Muddy Boots for Preschoolers @ West Point on the Eno | Durham | North Carolina | United States

Durham Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation Unit invites you to adventure in nature with your preschooler at West Point on the Eno. We’ll read a nature-themed book and take a walk on the wild side to find the nature right outside our door before having a snack. Children must be accompanied by a parent, and of course, wear boots or sneakers that can get a little dirty!

2-5 ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Pre-registration required – register now!

 

CR PC $1.25, CR NPC $1.50, NCR PC $5.50, NCR NPC $6.50

Meet representatives from Durham Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation Unit and learn more about this event at TLC’s free Wild Ideas for Getting Outside on Wednesday, March 9.

 

Jun
11
Sat
Get Wild! Creek Critters @ Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

IMG_5519Come learn about the many creatures that call Swift Creek home. We’ll search for crayfish, salamanders, and tadpoles. Come prepared to walk in the creek itself and dip in the temporary pools. This program is open to families with children ages 5 and up, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty (we recommend old sneakers or rain boots).

Jun
25
Sat
Get Wild! Bugs and Bees @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Irvin Farm-34 2014Join TLC as we hunt for bugs, bees, and other pollinators. We’ll search the grasslands, stream banks, and forest floors for an up close look at the many types of beetles, butterflies, ants, and millipedes which call Horton Grove Nature Preserve home. We will learn some of the important ways insects help our environment and talk about which insects are safe to hold and which should be observed from a distance. We’ll also talk about how the native grassland at Horton Grove supports pollinator insects. This program is perfect for anyone interested in insects and families with children ages 4 and up.

We will meet in the larger parking area by Holman and Peaks Loop Trails. Coming from Old Oxford Road, you will enter by the historic barns and drive several minutes down the gravel road to the main parking lot.

 

Sep
3
Sat
Nature Explorers: Birds @ Chapel Hill Library
Sep 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Nature Explorers-Birds 2Come join TLC at the Chapel Hill library for a new family series including nature themed story time. As fall birds start appearing, this is the perfect time to learn more about our feathered friends. We’ll read a story about birds, make our own bird feeders, and try our hands at constructing nests.

Please register through the library. This program is perfect for children ages 4+ with an adult.

Sep
10
Sat
Horton Grove Clean-Up Day @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come photo 2 (2)help us keep Horton Grove Nature Preserve looking clean and pristine. We’ll have a Garbage Bingo Contest and educational activities for kids as we clean-up the preserve trails and borders. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families with children ages 6+.

Please wear closed-toed shoes. You can bring your own work gloves if you have them or borrow a pair of TLC’s.

Sep
25
Sun
Take a Child Outside Day @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Come join TLC and Hike It Baby for a special hike in honor of National Take a Child Outside Week. We will have a nature objects show and tell with turtle shells, antlers, feathers, and fossils for little ones to touch and hold, before a gentle 1 and a half mile hike following the creek through the shaded woods of Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. We’ll walk at a flexible rate to accommodate children riding in carriers and walking on their own. This walk is perfect for families with children ages 0-5. Registration is required.

Oct
8
Sat
Get Wild! Campfire @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Get Wild! Campfire

This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Join us for an evening walk, a campfire, and a rare chance to see the preserve after dark. As it starts to get dusky, we’ll walk a mile long loop around our That Makes Sense Children’s Trail learning about some of the many nocturnal animals that call Horton Grove Nature Preserve home. Then as the sun sets, we’ll make a campfire and toast some marshmallows for s’mores.

S’mores supplies are provided. Please bring your own flashlight if you have one and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Bug spray is also recommended.

Oct
22
Sat
Get Wild! Halloween @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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This event has been cancelled due to low registration. Please join us for our next Get Wild! event on November 5th. 

Bats, beetles, slugs, snakes, and spiders are just some of the creepy crawly critters who call Horton Grove Nature Preserve home. Come join us for a special Halloween program as we learn about these underappreciated animals. We’ll walk along the creek side trail, roll some logs to look for frogs and salamanders, search for spider webs, and even look at some of the places bats bed down for the day. Finally, we’ll finish up with some “edible dirt” treats and spooky Halloween games.

Costumes are encouraged. Please wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothes for walking. Bug spray is recommended.

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

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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.

Nov
5
Sat
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.

 

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

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This event is now full. A few spots are still reserved for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor pairs, who may register separately. Please contact bgoldentyer@triangleland.org 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.

 

Dec
17
Sat
Get Wild! Winter Solstice @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Celebrate the shortest days of the year by learning how Piedmont critters adapt to these long and cold nights.  We’ll discover signs of winter on a short nature walk, make paper lanterns to light up the night, and roast s’mores around the campfire while the sun starts to set.

This program is open to families with children ages 4 and up. S’mores supplies are provided. We’ll have tarps to sit on, but feel free to bring your own blankets and chairs. Remember to dress for the weather and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.

Want the chance to use your new lantern? Ours will meet specifications for the Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk, lanternwalkfacebookeventcover-copyhosted by the Hillsborough Arts Council on December 18th at 5:30pm. Take your handmade lantern and join in celebrating the longest night of the year. For more information about the Walk, visit http://www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/lantern-walk.

Get Wild! is Triangle Land Conservancy’s series of youth-oriented environmental education programs made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation and the Merck – Neighbor of Choice Program.

 

Jan
14
Sat
Get Wild! Birds of a Feather @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

gw-birds-of-a-featherWinter is a great time to do some bird-watching in North Carolina, as many northern species escape the cold by migrating to our forests and backyards. Join us as we learn about the feathered residents of our winter forests by playing bird-themed games, making bird treats to take home, and testing our bird-spotting skills with a stroll down “Birding Lane.”

This program is open to families ages 4 and up. Bird treats will be peanut-free; send us an email if you have other food allergies that may need to be taken into account. If you have binoculars feel free to bring them, but they are not required. Remember to dress for the weather and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.

 Get Wild! is Triangle Land Conservancy’s series of youth-oriented environmental education programs made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation.

Jan
28
Sat
Get Wild! Nature Detectives @ Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

gw-nature-explorers-1Do you have what it takes to be a Nature Detective? Join us at Swift Creek Bluffs to find out – we’ll be learning how to track local critters through tracks, scat, and other signs. After some practice, we’ll head out on an animal tracking adventure! We’ll also make animal tracks of our own to take home.

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.

Get Wild! is Triangle Land Conservancy’s series of youth-oriented environmental education programs made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation.

Feb
4
Sat
Nature Explorers: Wild Valentines @ Athens Drive Community Library
Feb 4 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

athens-dr-wild-valentines-adLove is in the air! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Triangle Land Conservancy as we make edible “valentines for nature” to hang outside, as well as more conventional nature-inspired valentines for your family and friends. We’ll read stories about love and friendship and learn about the ways that animal mothers and fathers take care of their young.

This program is perfect for families with children aged 4+. No preregistration required; for more information visit the Athens Drive Community Library website.

Live in Chapel Hill? Check out our Wild Valentines event at the Chapel Hill Public Library on February 11th!

Feb
11
Sat
Nature Explorers: Wild Valentines @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

nightLove is in the air! Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Triangle Land Conservancy as we make edible “valentines for nature” to hang outside, as well as more conventional nature-inspired valentines for your family and friends. We’ll read stories about love and friendship and learn about the ways that animal mothers and fathers take care of their young.

This program is perfect for families with children aged 4+. Please register for the program in advance at: http://chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/eventscalendar/nature-explorers/.

Live in Raleigh? Check out our Wild Valentines event at the Athens Drive Public Library on Februrary 4th!

Oct
28
Sat
Get Wild! Bats @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION – Look for future Get Wild! events coming soon!

With Halloween right around the corner, come learn all about the flying creatures that help make this holiday spooky! Join us in installing Horton Grove’s first bat house, and get a last glimpse of the animals before they go into hibernation.

Please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toed shoes. Costumes are encouraged for kids, and younger children in families are also welcome to attend!

 

 

 

 

Dec
2
Sat
Get Wild! Winter Adaptations Part 1 @ Brumley Nature Preserve - Northern Parking lot
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join TLC for this family event about how mammals and reptiles brave the cold conditions of winter.  We will learn about how beavers, snakes, and other animals found at Brumley Nature Preserve are able to survive low temperatures and food shortages through games and activities.

Attendance is not required of the subsequent program to attend this program.

Please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toed shoes.

**Registration is required

Dec
16
Sat
Get Wild! Winter Adaptations Part 2 @ Swift Creek Nature Preserve
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Birds have many different ways to cope with cold weather. Come join us as we learn about how different types of birds are able to adapt to the change in weather.  We will play bird-themed games, take a short walk to search for birds, and make tasty bird treats.

Bird treats will be peanut-free; send us an email if you have other food allergies that may need to be taken into account. If you have binoculars feel free to bring them, but they are not required. Remember to dress for the weather and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty.

Attendance is not required of the first program to attend the second program.

**Registration is required

This program is offered free of charge thanks  to support from:

Jun
9
Sat
Get Wild! Campfire @ Brumley Forest Nature Preserve
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration is full; please contact Molly Richard, AmeriCorps@triangleland.org, if you wish to be placed on the wait list.  You may also join TLC for Get Wild! Creek Critters on June 23rd.

Join us for this kid focused event learning campfire safety and getting a rare chance to see the preserve after dark. As it starts to get dusky, we’ll walk a mile long loop, and then as the sun sets, we’ll make a campfire to toast some marshmallows for s’mores.

S’mores supplies are provided. Please bring your own flashlight or headlamp if you have one and lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

Get Wild! is Triangle Land Conservancy’s series of youth-oriented environmental education programs made possible with support from:

Nov
17
Sat
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.

Jan
12
Sat
Get Wild! Winter Wonders @ Brumley Nature Preserve - Northern Parking lot
Jan 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join TLC for this family event about how some mammals and reptiles brave the cold conditions of winter.  We will learn about how beavers, snakes, and other animals found at Brumley Nature Preserve are able to survive low temperatures and food shortages through games and activities.  Finish it off with one of our favorite winter adaptations- a campfire with s’mores!

Please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toed shoes.

**Registration is required

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