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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.

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.

Eno River Paddle with Frog Hollow Outdoors @ West Point to Penny's Bend
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Eno River Paddle with Frog Hollow Outdoors @ West Point to Penny's Bend

10am Meet Time, Trip Runs 2 – 5 hours

Join Frog Hollow in exploring the Eno River. Each month, paddle a new section of the Eno River River from Hillsborough to Falls Lake. Over these various trips, discover the hidden gem that is the Eno, let your imagination go wild as you paddle past areas that used to be home to Shakori, Occaneechi, and Eno American Indians, check out 867′ Occoneechee Mountain, watch turtles sunbathe, and more!

These trips include: Canoe or kayaks, guide service, and Eno River Association representatives

$50 (Day Trips) / $40 (Day Trips) for Eno River Association Members

Register now with Frog Hollow Outdoors!

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

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.

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

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

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
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
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.

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:

Apr
19
Thu
5% Community Giving Program @ Whole Foods Stores
Apr 19 all-day

Join us at any Triangle area Whole Foods Market store on April 19th when 5% of net sales will be donated to Triangle Land Conservancy. This is a great opportunity to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region with a simple trip to the grocery store. Additionally, TLC board members, staff, and volunteers will be at each store location for you to visit and learn more about our work. Find the store nearest you and come say hi!

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.

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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