For more than a year now, our Triangle communities, like people across the world, have faced challenging times. The months since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been a period of challenge and change, but also of resiliency and reflection.
Over the last year, many people have discovered a deeper, more profound appreciation for nature, and its role in maintaining the health of our bodies and minds. Others have taken their first steps along the path to becoming lifelong lovers of the natural world.
TLC has witnessed this firsthand. We have experienced an outpouring of support from communities in every corner of the Triangle area we serve. Williamson Preserve opened during the pandemic, thanks to support from our members. Since opening, it has kept pace with usage at Brumley Preserve, with both properties hosting 3,000 or more visitors per month.
In fact, TLC has seen more than double the number of visitors to each of our preserves. Here’s what just a few of those visitors had to say about our preserves this past year:
- “Being able to spend time outdoors at TLC properties during these trying times has helped me stay sane. Thank you for all that you do to purchase and maintain these beautiful places!”
- “We all need Vitamin N(ature) and TLC helps provide it. Thank you.”
- “Having natural spaces to get out and recharge in and for nature to thrive and reproduce in is absolutely priceless. Thank you for protecting these spaces!”
The recent surge in interest has meant more people walking, hiking and biking at our preserves. This creates an increased need for trail maintenance, repairs, and clean up. While we are just starting to have small in-person volunteering opportunities again, and we look forward to being able to host volunteer groups that make this work possible.
We are overjoyed with the opportunity to connect with you all through partnerships, events, and volunteer opportunities in the coming months! We plan to keep in-person activities small, and are requiring all participants to be masked at all times and socially distant whenever possible. Be sure to visit TriangleLand.org/explore/events for the most up to date information about events. Have an idea for a new partnership, event, or unique opportunity? Please email Diquan Edmonds, our Education and Outreach Manager at [email protected].