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Feb
14
Sun
Valentine’s Day Couples Hike @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Valentine's Day Couples Hike @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve | Chapel Hill | North Carolina | United States

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor and other couples this Valentine’s Day on a hike in one of The Triangle’s best hiking areas, TLC’s Johnston Mill Nature Preserve! The REI instructors will introduce you to this local natural gem, teach you a few tips for making hiking more comfortable, and help you hike at your own pace.

Register now with REI.

Apr
2
Sat
WakeWonder Hike at Swift Creek Bluffs @ Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Explore one of seven WakeWonders on this early spring hike at TLC’s Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve. This hike is being led in partnership with the WakeNature Preserves Partnership. Michael Schafale of the NC Natural Heritage Program will help participants identify the beautiful, and hopefully, some of the rare wildflowers found at Swift Creek Bluffs. The free hike will begin at 2pm from the main parking area. Please bring water and dress according to the weather. There are no bathrooms available at Swift Creek Bluffs.

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

Apr
28
Thu
Horton Grove Nature Preserve with Sarah P. Duke Gardens @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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At just over 708 acres, Horton Grove Nature Preserve is the Triangle Land Conservancy’s largest preserve. Once part of Stagville Plantation, Horton Grove Nature Preserve contains five miles of streams, almost eight miles of trails, and an amazing range of habitats and ecologies. Participants will arrive at Horton Grove in the evening to enjoy the sunset and twilight in an evocative landscape. Ken Moore will show you a rare, fairly undisturbed grove of Piedmont Forest and restored prairies.

The Gardens will supply binoculars. Please come dressed for moderate hiking. Participants will meet at the site. Directions supplied and carpooling can be coordinated. A participation agreement will be required of each participant.

Instructor: Ken Moore, former assistant director, North Carolina Botanical Garden

Location: meet at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. Directions will be sent.

Fee: Gardens members $12; general public $15

Participant limit: 15

Qualifies for Home Horticulture Certificate elective credit (2 hours).

Qualifies for Nature Photography Certificate optional course.

Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu

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
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.

Sep
23
Sat
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:

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:

Feb
25
Sun
Winter Tree ID Hike @ White Pines Nature Preserve
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Grand Trees of Chatham will have a Winter Tree ID Hike at White Pines Nature Preserve on Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 pm.  Andy Upshaw and Phil Cox will lead the hike which will focus on identifying some of the beautiful trees and other natural features at White Pines.  The hike is about 2 miles long and is moderately strenuous.  Please no pets or children under 5 years.  Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate for dirt trails and the cold.

Please e-mail grandtreesofchatham@gmail.com if you plan to join the hike!

In case of bad weather (rain, snow) the hike will be cancelled.  If the hike is cancelled we will attempt to e-mail those who have signed up.  We will also post the cancellation on the Grand Trees of Chatham FaceBook page, so please check here if the weather looks questionable:  https://www.facebook.com/grandtreesofchatham/

Directions to White Pines Nature Preserve:

White Pines Nature Preserve Preserve is located just past the Rocky River heading South from Pittsboro on 15-501, first left on River Forks Rd after crossing the Rocky River.  River Forks Rd is a circular Rd so one can go left or right after coming off 15-501.  The preserve is at the end of a small gravel/dirt road that comes off River Forks Rd, there is a sign marking the preserve and there is parking at the end of the road.   The address is 548 S Rocky River Rd, Sanford, NC.

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

Feb
2
Sat
First Saturday Walk at Swift Creek Bluffs @ Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Explore one of seven Wake Wonders on the first Saturday of February at TLC’s Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve. This guided hike will take us all throughout Swift Creek Bluffs, giving us the chance to see the entirety of this small yet beautiful preserve which is a gem in the midst of Raleigh development.  The hike will take us on the Stairway to Heaven in order to scale the bluffs for a wonderful view, but it is a bit challenging so plan accordingly. The free hike will begin at 10:30 am  from the main parking area. Please bring water and dress according to the weather. Leashed pets are welcome.  There are no bathrooms available at Swift Creek Bluffs.

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

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