TLC nature preserves are still open! Stay 6 feet apart, take all trash with you, and avoid overcrowding the parking lots.
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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.
Join Triangle Land Conservancy at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham County for some outdoor fun in celebration of Earth Day. We will have nature scavenger hunts, supplies for making leaf and bark rubbings, and a recycled planter craft table. Every child will go home with a planted seed!
This free event is ideal for families with children of all ages. Please bring a recycled jar, can, or plastic container to create your own planter.
TLC partner organizations like Learning Outside will have tables set up with children’s activities. While you’re at the preserve, you can also explore our interactive That Makes Sense children’s trail.
Registration is free, but required:
Join 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.
Come 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.
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.
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.
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, hosted 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.
Join the Triangle Land Conservancy as we celebrate Creek Week by exploring a stream at Horton Grove Nature Preserve. We’ll go on a short hike to the creek, use magnifying glasses and nets to discover the creatures that live there, and learn how keeping our water clean is good for everyone – from the tiniest bugs to you and me! This program is recommended for families with children ages 5 and up. Wading in the creek is optional, but we recommend wearing shoes that can get wet just in case (like old sneakers or rain boots).
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!
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.