Events

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

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

We are not currently hosting in-person volunteer activities. Please visit our VolunteerHub page to create a profile if you are interested in future volunteering with TLC.

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!

Apr
16
Sat
Earth Day Celebration @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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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:

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
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.

 

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.

Sep
10
Sat
Horton Grove Clean-Up Day @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Sep 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come photo 2 (2)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.

Sep
25
Sun
Take a Child Outside Day @ Johnston Mill Nature Preserve
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Come join TLC and Hike It Baby for a special hike in honor of National Take a Child Outside Week. We will have a nature objects show and tell with turtle shells, antlers, feathers, and fossils for little ones to touch and hold, before a gentle 1 and a half mile hike following the creek through the shaded woods of Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. We’ll walk at a flexible rate to accommodate children riding in carriers and walking on their own. This walk is perfect for families with children ages 0-5. Registration is required.

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
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.

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.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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.

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:

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.

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