Events

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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Feb
19
Fri
Founders’ Day Celebration 2016 @ Trophy Brewing
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Founder's Day at Trophy BrewingThirty-three years ago (our Founder’s Day is February 17, 1983) TLC officially became a recognized organization, and we’ve been hard at work conserving land ever since. For that, we deserve a trophy! Come celebrate with us at Trophy Brewing & Taproom on Maywood Avenue in Raleigh on February 19, the week of our founding! Join us for a brewery tour at 5:30pm and learn from the brew masters how the entire brewing process begins with clean water. Then, experience for yourself what beer brewed with water from a TLC protected watershed tastes like with one free tasting of Trophy beers brewed on the premises. Additional drinks available for purchase, light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Space is limited so reserve your free spot now!

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
12
Sat
New Hope Creek Volunteer Cleanup @ NC Wildlife Resources Commission's New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trash Pile Big Sweep 2006On Saturday, March 12 from 9am to Noon, join Clean Jordan Lake as a volunteer to help intercept trash before it gets to the shoreline. This is a new initiative to complement our Adopt-A-Feeder Stream Program. The cleanup is part of the City of Durham’s Annual Creek Week, a time to discover and clean up Durham’s waterways. Volunteers will clean the banks of New Hope Creek just above where it enters the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s New Hope Waterfowl Impoundment. They will meet at the Waterfowl Impoundment parking area off NC 54 just west of Garrett Road. Event details and RSVP are at meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake.

Meet Clean Jordan Lake representatives and learn more about this event at TLC’s free Wild Ideas for Getting Outside on Wednesday, March 9.

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
26
Sat
First Sip of Spring @ Fair Game Beverage Company
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

First Sip of Spring at Fair Game Beverage Co.Take the first sip of spring with TLC!

Join TLC at Fair Game Beverage Company in Pittsboro on March 26 from 5-7pm to celebrate the first week of spring! This Pittsboro distillery takes the best ingredients the Piedmont has to offer and turns them into delicious fortified wines and spirits; what better way to welcome back the growing season? All registrants can take a tour of Fair Game Beverage Co. and enjoy one free tasting of spirits distilled on the premises. Tours will depart at 5:15 and 5:45. Stay for a drink at the bar or pick up a bottle to take home and 10% of your purchase that night will be donated to TLC. Light refreshments as well as non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. So come sip for the trees on Lorax Lane!

Space is limited so please register for this event:

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
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.

 

Nov
5
Sat
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.

 

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.

May
20
Sat
Sip into Summer @ Fair Game Beverage Company
May 20 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

First Sip of Spring at Fair Game Beverage Co.

Sip into summer with TLC!

Join TLC at Fair Game Beverage Company in Pittsboro on May 20th from 4:30-7pm to take our first sips of summer! This Pittsboro distillery takes the best ingredients the Piedmont has to offer and turns them into delicious fortified wines and spirits; what better way to welcome back the growing season? Triangle Land Conservancy conserves local lands and farms that inspire Fair Game’s concoctions and provide some of their ingredients. Learn about both at this collaborative celebration of the season!

All registrants can take a free tour of Fair Game Beverage Co. to learn about how local farms and lands are the basis of their delicious creations and what TLC is working on in Chatham County. Tours will depart at 5:30 and 6:15. Come for a drink at the bar or pick up a bottle to take home and 15% of your purchase that night will be donated to TLC do a tasting and half will be donated to TLC.  You’ll also have the chance to win a bottle of your choice in a raffle!  Food will be available from Lorax Lane food truck Breakfast and Beyond. So come sip for the trees on Lorax Lane!

Space is limited so please register for this event:

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.

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:

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.

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:

Mar
13
Sat
Gear Up March Hike @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

As part of celebrating Women’s History month, we have a very special hike planned! Come join Samantha Briley from Gear Up LLC on a backpacking how to where women of all ages will learn the basics of going backpacking. As we trek through the trails at Horton Grove Nature Preserve, we’ll be pulling gear right out of Sam’s backpack like food, clothes, and a tent. Be prepared to learn the Leave No Trace principles, staying hydrated, and women’s hygiene while on trail. There will be plenty of time for questions along the trail to make you feel comfortable and confident for your first outing.
This will be a socially distant hike, with a max of 10 people. All participants will be required to wear a mask over mouth and nose the entire time. For this hike, please bring your mask, and a pack with water and snacks.
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