Events

TLC nature preserves are still open! Stay 6 feet apart, take all trash with you, and avoid overcrowding the parking lots.

Update: All in-person organized events, hikes, and workdays remain postponed through May. We have also postponed the Grand Opening of Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve. More details here.

Get Wild! Find your next adventure with TLC. View and register for upcoming events, or search by category for different types of events.

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities? Please visit our VolunteerHub page to see all our upcoming opportunities.

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.

Mar
13
Sun
Botany Bar Crawl @ Bull City Ciderworks
Mar 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Botany Bar Crawl @ Bull City Ciderworks | Durham | North Carolina | United States

Join Durham Parks and Recreation and Bull City Ciderworks to learn how plants are used in the creation of adult beverages. We’ll venture outdoors for a lesson in the botany behind our favorite drinks before returning to the Cidery for a tour and tasting highlighting the science behind the libations.

Additional fee for facility tours and sampling may apply.

Adults 21 years of age and older.

Pre-registration required – register now!

Cost: CR PC $5; CR NPC $6; NCR PC $10; NCR NPC $11 (CR PC: City Resident, Play More Card; CR NPC: City Resident, No Play More Card; NCR PC: Non-City Resident, Play More Card; NCR NPC: Non-City Resident, No Play More Card)

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

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:

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.

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.

 

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:

Jan
13
Sat
We Can! Days of Service
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureTLC’s partner Urban Community AgroNomics (UCAN) has scheduled its first series of official workdays. This will begin UCAN’s creation of the Catawba Trail Farm located at 2080 Sawmill Creek Parkway(see the link below for directions), Durham, NC 27712. Work will begin at 9:00 am on each day and end no later than 4:00 pm. Feel free to drop by at any time during the day.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/8nUidwPQqeP2

Volunteers will be provided with refreshments throughout the day.

Activities at these workdays will include:

1. Chipping of branches and limbs

2. Construction of an 8 foot enclosed fence

3. Construction/assembly of raised garden beds

4. Removal of bushes and grass as needed

5. Removal of usable limber from existing buildings prior to demolition

6. Spreading gravel for maintenance of the Catawba Indian Trail

Click here to register to attend!

Jan
15
Mon
We Can! Days of Service
Jan 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureTLC’s partner Urban Community AgroNomics (UCAN) has scheduled its first series of official workdays. This will begin UCAN’s creation of the Catawba Trail Farm located at 2080 Sawmill Creek Parkway(see the link below for directions), Durham, NC 27712. Work will begin at 9:00 am on each day and end no later than 4:00 pm. Feel free to drop by at any time during the day.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/8nUidwPQqeP2

Volunteers will be provided with refreshments throughout the day.

Activities at these workdays will include:

1. Chipping of branches and limbs

2. Construction of an 8 foot enclosed fence

3. Construction/assembly of raised garden beds

4. Removal of bushes and grass as needed

5. Removal of usable limber from existing buildings prior to demolition

6. Spreading gravel for maintenance of the Catawba Indian Trail

Click here to register to attend!

Jan
16
Tue
We Can! Days of Service
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureTLC’s partner Urban Community AgroNomics (UCAN) has scheduled its first series of official workdays. This will begin UCAN’s creation of the Catawba Trail Farm located at 2080 Sawmill Creek Parkway(see the link below for directions), Durham, NC 27712. Work will begin at 9:00 am on each day and end no later than 4:00 pm. Feel free to drop by at any time during the day.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/8nUidwPQqeP2

Volunteers will be provided with refreshments throughout the day.

Activities at these workdays will include:

1. Chipping of branches and limbs

2. Construction of an 8 foot enclosed fence

3. Construction/assembly of raised garden beds

4. Removal of bushes and grass as needed

5. Removal of usable limber from existing buildings prior to demolition

6. Spreading gravel for maintenance of the Catawba Indian Trail

Click here to register to attend!

Jan
27
Sat
We Can! UCAN Work Days
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureTLC’s partner Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is transforming a TLC property in northern Durham into a community learning garden and needs your help to make it happen! Come out on Saturday to help UCAN create the Catawba Trail Farm located at:
2080 Sawmill Creek Parkway
Durham, NC 27712.

Work will begin at 9:00 am and end no later than 3:00 pm. Feel free to drop by at any time during the day.

Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/8nUidwPQqeP2

Activities at these workdays will include:

1. Mixing and pouring cement

2. Construction of an 8 foot enclosed fence

3. Cutting of logs into firewood

4. Removal of bushes and grass as needed

Please register below to attend and receive updates about the workday.

 
Mar
10
Sat
Trail Crew with UCAN @ UCAN Catawba Trail Farm
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Image may contain: one or more people, tree, outdoor and natureTLC’s partner Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is transforming a TLC property in northern Durham into a community learning garden and needs your help to make it happen! Come out on Saturday to help UCAN create the Catawba Trail Farm located at:
2080 Sawmill Creek Parkway
Durham, NC 27712.

The group will gather at the street entrance at 9 AM to walk into the farm site. Further directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/8nUidwPQqeP2

Activities may include:

  • lay out the garden beds, to include measuring space between them,
  • remove roots from beds area
  • line beds with cardboard and fill with soil,
  • spread mulch between the beds,
  • add support beams/poles to a couple of the structures for safety sake, and remove debris.

Please register below to attend and receive updates about the workday.

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.

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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