Nature Education Programs

Nature Education Programs

Connecting people with nature is one of Triangle Land Conservancy’s four public benefits. Our public nature preserves offer opportunities for an experiential, hands-on approach to learning about the environment. In order to enhance accessibility of our resources, we also offer a variety of educational programs to promote community conservation throughout the Triangle region. All of our programs are free, educational, outdoors, and fun!

Who We Serve

Thanks to grant funding, the Triangle Land Conservancy provides nature education programs for groups who might not otherwise have access to outdoor and environmental education, such as:

  • Public schools and Preschools
  • Afterschool programs
  • Nonprofit partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, and other Triangle-region groups
  • Social groups
  • And Scouting/Civic Organizations

Types of Programs

1. Individualized Education Programs

TLC Americorps members can design an education program for your group with hands-on explorations, activities, and games about a topic of your choice. These programs can also include scientific investigations that teach observation and data collection skills, as well as principles stream and forest ecology. Our programs can be adapted to meet teaching objectives and to incorporate NC State Science Standards and/or Common Core Standards.

2. Guided Hikes and Nature Walks

Guided Hike and Nature Walk programs are led by experienced staff who will point out features of the nature preserve, answer questions, and help your group discover local plants and animals. Our walks focus on experiential learning, encouraging groups to stop and explore the forests, fields, streams, and ponds of TLC nature preserves.

3. Get Wild! Family Programs

Get Wild! is Triangle Land Conservancy’s monthly series of youth-oriented environmental education programs made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation and the Merck – Neighbor of Choice Program. These programs are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. Get Wild! Programs rotate between TLC’s public nature preserves, and have focused on topics such as birds, salamanders, animal tracks, and creek critters. To view our upcoming Get Wild! programs, visit:

4. Stream Studies Programs

TLC is partnering with Stagville State Historic Site to offer K-12 field trip programs at our Horton Grove Nature Preserve focusing on aquatic ecology, water conservation, and the history of water and resource use in the area. For more information or to schedule a field trip, visit

5. Service Projects

Service projects give your group the opportunity to help preserve the natural places they enjoy. Past projects include trail construction, installing trail signs, clearing invasive species, and litter collection. Groups can also schedule Service-Learning projects, which combine service with educational explorations of TLC nature preserves.

Where are our Programs

Programs can be held at any of TLC’s 6 public nature preserves and several of our private properties in Durham, Chatham, Wake, Orange, Lee, and Johnston Counties. If transportation is an obstacle, TLC will work with your group to explore available options in your region.


In order for your group to get the best experience from their nature program, we recommend:

  • At least 1.5  hours at the preserve
  • No more than 20 children in a group
  • 5-7/1 child-adult ratio
  • Scheduling a month in advance

Note: Please be aware that there are no bathroom facilities at any of our preserves. However, TLC can provide port-a-potties if needed for programs lasting longer than two hours.

To Schedule a Program, Contact:

Kelsey Ellis, CTNC AmeriCorps Member; Community Outreach and Education Associate


Phone: 919-908-0054

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