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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.

 

Oct
16
Sun
Deep River Paddle @ Deep River Park
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Deep River Paddle @ Deep River Park | North Carolina | United States

Trip runs approximately 3.5 hours. This trip includes a canoe or kayak, guide service, and TLC representative’s historical perspective.

Paddle the Deep River with Frog Hollow Outdoors and Triangle Land Conservancy. Flowing water and a single class I rapid await on this paddle through what was one of NC’s more active mining areas. Paddle participants will be able to take the short hike to Endor Iron Furnace, a 35′ relic of the Civil War. TLC members receive $10 off per person. Register below for an email with the discount code to use when signing up with Frog Hollow Outdoors.

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.

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.

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.

Mar
25
Sat
Get Wild! Creek Week @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

GW Creek WeekJoin 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).

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.

Sep
10
Sun
Beers from Here-Mystery @ Brumley Nature Preserve
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 10th join Mystery Brewing of Hillsborough as we explore the wild edibles of Brumley Nature Preserve. This 613 acre preserve just opened to the public in April and has 15 miles of trails for hikers and some for mountain bikers. It is also home to a mix of forest, riparian, and edge plant species. We are excited to partner with Piedmont Picnic Project who will help guide the walks and provide plenty of information of on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices**. If you are interested in learning more about foraging consider attending one of their regularly scheduled walks.

Each producer has agreed to donate a portion of their sales from their beverage directly to TLC to support their efforts to to manage and protect wild and working lands around the Triangle. We will host a ticketed banquet in the evening on Nov 11th at TLC’s Irvin Farm preserve in Chapel Hill where you can try each of these unique brews accompanied by food from local chefs. More information on the banquet coming soon!

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

Beers from Here-Chatham Ciderworks @ Brumley Nature Preserve-SERVICE ENTRANCE
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 10th join Chatham Ciderworks of Pittsboro as we explore the wild edibles of Brumley Nature Preserve. Years ago apple trees were planted at Brumley to attract deer, now they have attracted the interest of a local cidery seeking to make a backyard blend for conservation! Join us for a foraging walk and apple gleaning with Chatham Cider Works and for every 8 lbs of apples gathered (enough for 1 gallon of juice) they will donate $2 to Triangle Land Conservancy! We are excited to partner with Piedmont Picnic Project who will help guide the walks and provide plenty of information of on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices**. If you are interested in learning more about foraging consider attending one of their regularly scheduled walks.

Each producer has agreed to donate a portion of their sales from their beverage directly to TLC to support their efforts to to manage and protect wild and working lands around the Triangle. We will host a ticketed banquet in the evening on Nov 11th at TLC’s Irvin Farm preserve in Chapel Hill where you can try each of these unique brews accompanied by food from local chefs. More information on the banquet coming soon!

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

Sep
16
Sat
Beers from Here-Steel String @ Irvin Nature Preserve
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 16th join Steel String Brewery of Carrboro as we explore the wild edibles of Irvin Nature Preserve. This 269 acre preserve is not open to the public but is home to a working farm where Transplanting Traditions grows a mix of Piedmont and Burmese vegetables. The land around the cultivated acres remains forested with many wild edibles to be found.

We are excited to partner with Piedmont Picnic Project who will help guide the walks and provide plenty of information of on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices**. If you are interested in learning more about foraging consider attending one of their regularly scheduled walks.

Each producer has agreed to donate a portion of their sales from their beverage directly to TLC to support their efforts to to manage and protect wild and working lands around the Triangle. We will host a ticketed banquet in the evening on Nov 11th at TLC’s Irvin Farm preserve in Chapel Hill where you can try each of these unique brews accompanied by food from local chefs. More information on the banquet coming soon!

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

Sep
17
Sun
Beers from Here-Fullsteam @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 17th join Fullsteam Brewery of Durham as we explore the wild edibles of Horton Grove Nature Preserve. This 708 acre preserve has varied ecosystems and rich biodiversity along a 10 mile trail system less than 20 minutes from downtown Durham! Head brewer Brian Mandeville will guide this walk and provide information on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices** while seeking natural flavors for Fullsteam’s Farms Edge beer line.

Each producer has agreed to donate a portion of their sales from their beverage directly to TLC to support their efforts to to manage and protect wild and working lands around the Triangle. We will host a ticketed banquet in the evening on Nov 11th at TLC’s Irvin Farm preserve in Chapel Hill where you can try each of these unique brews accompanied by food from local chefs. More information on the banquet coming soon!

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

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.

Sep
23
Sun
Beers from Here-Horton Grove Nature Preserve @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 23rd join Starpoint Brewing, Durty Bull Brewing Company, and Fullsteam Brewery on a wild edibles exploration walk. Opened in 2012, Horton Grove Nature Preserve is Triangle Land Conservancy’s largest public preserve with 708 acres. Visitors can currently enjoy approximately eight miles of trail, including the That Makes Sense Interpretative Trail for kids These trails wind through mature forests, including upland oak-hickory forests, beech slopes, and several stands of mixed pine and hardwoods. TLC has restored two small native plant meadows here, including a 20-acre warm season grassland surrounding the main parking area.

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

Sep
30
Sun
Beers from Here-Walnut Hill @ 20 Minutes east of Raleigh. Address Included in Registration
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

On September 30th join Trophy BrewingBotanist and Barrel, and Steel String Brewery as we explore the wild edibles of Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. This property is not yet open to the public so this is a rare chance to see it before it opens.

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff. This property is not yet open to the public. The address is included with registration for privacy reasons.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

Oct
2
Tue
Beers from Here-White Pines @ White Pines Nature Preserve
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Beers From Here – A collaboration between local beverage producers and Triangle Land Conservancy to celebrate the lands behind local flavor. Each participant will lead exploratory foraging walks through nearby TLC nature preserves and produce a unique beverage inspired by and utilizing some ingredients collected during the walk.

RESCHEDULED On October 2nd join Mystery Brewing Company, and Chatham Cider Works as we explore the wild edibles of White Pines Nature Preserve. This 275 acre preserve in Chatham County was Triangle Land Conservancy’s first. Our founders agreed that the pre-historic micro-climate here with species usually only found in the mountains was worth conserving and sharing! For our 35th anniversary it got an update with new trails and a canoe launch.

We are excited to partner with Abundance Healing Arts who will help guide the walk and provide plenty of information on plant identification and responsible, safe foraging practices**. “Planty” Kim Calhoun has been visiting White Pines for over 10 years and is excited to share her knowledge of its bounty with local beverage partners.

**Please note, foraging is only permitted on TLC properties under special circumstances and supervision of TLC staff.

This event is free but space is limited so please register below in order to participate.

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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