Events

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

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Jan
28
Sat
Astronomy Days @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come out to this year’s Astronomy Days at the Museum of Natural Science to see TLC and learn about the universe!

The Museum and the Raleigh Astronomy Club are both hosting this wonderful event to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From rockets, exoplanets and telescopes to crafts and activities, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days.  This year’s theme is Humans in Space: Past, Present, and Future!

This is a free event through the Museum of Natural Sciences and does not need preregistration, but if you would like to see more information about the event, accessibility, and parking please follow the link below for their event page.

Astronomy Days 2023

Jan
29
Sun
Astronomy Days @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come out to this year’s Astronomy Days at the Museum of Natural Science to see TLC and learn about the universe!

The Museum and the Raleigh Astronomy Club are both hosting this wonderful event to help you see the big picture — of the Universe! From rockets, exoplanets and telescopes to crafts and activities, space enthusiasts of all ages will find something to do at Astronomy Days.  This year’s theme is Humans in Space: Past, Present, and Future!

This is a free event through the Museum of Natural Sciences and does not need preregistration, but if you would like to see more information about the event, accessibility, and parking please follow the link below for their event page.

Astronomy Days 2023

Feb
1
Wed
Evening Hike @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join TLC Trail Guides on a brand new social hike series at Horton Grove! There will be a hike on the first Wednesday evenings of the month to explore Horton Grove trails, socialize, and learn something along the way. During our hike, we will tackle 1-2 miles of trails, depending on the group. The hike will extend past dusk, so feel free to bring a flashlight or headlamp. This is a special opportunity, as our trails close to the public after dusk, so come out and see the preserve in a different light! This is a free event but preregistration is required.

 

Save your spot here!

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Feb
3
Fri
First Friday Under the Stars with RAC @ Three Bears (Private Preserve)
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Photo of moon from NASA

Come join us for a brand new series: First Fridays Under the Stars! Raleigh Astronomy Club will be hosting a monthly night sky viewing session at one of our private sites that will only be open for this event! The old site for Three Bears Acres will be the perfect location for star viewing fun so bring a blanket or chair and we will see you there!

Because this is a private preserve, we ask that you leave furry friends at home. We suggest that you bring a picnic blanket or chair to stargaze in, extra layers, a red flashlight, and snacks and a water bottle. Please remember to pack anything that you bring in, back out with you and we can’t wait to see you amongst the stars! This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Make sure to save your spot below!

 

Register Now

 

Rain Date Plan if Needed: We have set the following Saturday (in this case Saturday, Feb 4th) as the rain date to ensure that we will have the best viewing chances possible. If any changes are made to the dates, we will contact everyone by email by lunchtime on Friday using the 24 hour cloud cover predictions to make the best call that we can.

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Feb
4
Sat
First Saturday Birding at Brumley North @ Brumley North Parking Lot
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

 

Come join us for our February First Saturday birding hike at our Brumley North Nature Preserve!

Did you know that Brumley North is the #2 Hotspot for birding in the state? Our Brumley Birding hike will led by co-members of both TLC and the New Hope Audubon Society. We will meander on an easy 1.5 mile hike over about 2 hours with many stops along the way. Please wear good walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and binoculars if you have them. We suggest that you leave your furry friends at home for this hike as they may scare away wildlife viewing opportunities. This is a free event, but preregistration is required.

 

Save your spot here!

 

If this event is full, please fill out the form at this link to be added to the waitlist.

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

First Saturday Hike @ Johnston Mill Main Entrance
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Johnston Mill Image by Jack Gross

Come join TLC for one of our amazing First Saturday Hikes!

This social hike will be a great way to get outside and get moving at the beginning of your month! We hope that you will be able to join us to meet some new friends and learn a thing or two along the way as well. We will meet at the main entrance of Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, which can be tight on busy mornings, so we suggest carpooling if you can.

This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Make sure to save your spot below! If the registration list is full, you can add your name to our waitlist here.

 

Register Now

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Feb
11
Sat
eBird and Merlin Training @ Brumley North Parking Lot
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us to learn two of the most common birding apps!

We will have guest leader and current AmeriCorps member from the NC Zoo, Grace S. joining us to teach participants best practices with both the Merlin and eBird apps and how they can be used for the Great Backyard Bird Count! This training is also for volunteer credit, so follow the link below to our Volunteer Hub website to register. If you have not created an account before, you will need one to save your spot. This is a free event, but preregistration is required!

Register Now

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a yearly citizen science project that happens all over the world and this year it is from February 17th-20th. You can participate anywhere from your own backyard to one of our nature preserves! Use this training to learn the methods and then gain volunteer hours by participating in that count at on of our nature preserves!

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Feb
15
Wed
Wild IDEAs for a More Vibrant Tomorrow @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wild IDEAs for a More Vibrant Tomorrow @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Join TLC for the return of our Wild Ideas events with Wild I.D.E.A.s for a More Vibrant Tomorrow!

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access have been excluded from the mainstream outdoor narrative for far too long. Join us in exploring how a diverse range of people are shaping important environmental issues in our community and beyond! For more information about speakers, expo partners, and sponsors, please visit our Wild Ideas page here: https://triangleland.org/explore/wild-ideas

This is a free event, but we ask that you register so that we have an accurate head count! The registration link is below and on the Wild Ideas page.

 

Register Here

 

Accessibility: The NC Museum of Natural Sciences offers accommodations to increase accessibility for all event participants. Examples are listed below:

  • Day of Wheelchair Rentals
  • Sighted guides by request before the event 
  • ASL interpreter by request before the event (TLC intends to have an ASL interpreter during speaker presentations) 
  • Accessible restrooms, family restrooms, and nursing rooms available in the main event space 
  • Follow this link for an example of their event day accessibility accommodations 
  • If there is another accommodation that you or someone that would like to attend may need that is not listed above, please email Kayla Ebert at [email protected]

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you want to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for being so understanding.

 

Feb
17
Fri
Great Backyard Bird Count @ Anywhere
Feb 17 – Feb 20 all-day

Participate in one of the oldest citizen science projects at one of our nature preserves or in your own backyard! We will be hosting a few events for the weekend, but this event is just to put a hold on everyone’s calendar to let them know that the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is coming up! The GBBC is through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society and occurs every year in February. This year it is from February 17th-20th.

You can learn more about participating (it can be for as little as 15 minutes) and see past years final results at https://www.birdcount.org/

Keep checking back on the calendar as we post birding events for that weekend! And let us know if you know of any groups or birders that would like to lead a program on one of our preserves at [email protected]

Exercise Hike @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Feb 17 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Wildlife Viewing PlatformJoin TLC for an invigorating weekday speed hike at Horton Grove!

This hike will be led by one of our wonderful TLC Trail Guides and will have a pace of about 2.5-3 mph for 4 miles (20-25min per mile.) You will cover most of the trails at Horton Grove and see many different habitats while getting your body moving Start your weekend right with this heart healthy free event but make sure to save your spot below!

Register Now

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

If the event is full, please fill out your information on our waitlist at this link.

Feb
25
Sat
Speed Hike @ Johnston Mill Main Entrance
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Come join TLC for an invigorating speed hike to wake up your Saturday morning!

This hike is led by one of our wonderful Trail Guides and will have a goal pace of 20 minutes per mile for about 3 miles. Explore Johnston Mill and see what all you can find while keeping your heart healthy, and socializing on trail. Make sure to park at the main entrance and be aware that the parking lots at our preserves are kept small to try and limit wear and tear on trails and habitat, so extra points if you can carpool! This is a free event but preregistration is required.

Register Now

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

If the event is full, please add your information to our waitlist at this link.

Mar
1
Wed
Evening Hike @ Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join TLC Trail Guides on a brand new social hike series at Horton Grove! There will be a hike on the first Wednesday evenings of the month to explore Horton Grove trails, socialize, and learn something along the way. During our hike, we will tackle 1-2 miles of trails, depending on the group. The hike will extend past dusk, so feel free to bring a flashlight or headlamp. This is a special opportunity, as our trails close to the public after dusk, so come out and see the preserve in a different light! This is a free event but preregistration is required.

 

Save your spot here!

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Mar
3
Fri
First Friday Under the Stars with RAC @ Three Bears (Private Preserve)
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Photo of moon from NASA

Come join us for a brand new series: First Fridays Under the Stars! Raleigh Astronomy Club will be hosting a monthly night sky viewing session at one of our private sites that will only be open for this event! The old site for Three Bears Acres will be the perfect location for star viewing fun so bring a blanket or chair and we will see you there!

Because this is a private preserve, we ask that you leave furry friends at home. We suggest that you bring a picnic blanket or chair to stargaze in, extra layers, a red flashlight, and snacks and a water bottle. Please remember to pack anything that you bring in, back out with you and we can’t wait to see you amongst the stars! This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Make sure to save your spot below!

 

Register Now

 

Rain Date Plan if Needed: We have set the following Saturday (in this case Saturday, March 4th) as the rain date to ensure that we will have the best viewing chances possible. If any changes are made to the dates, we will contact everyone by email by lunchtime on Friday using the 24 hour cloud cover predictions to make the best call that we can.

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Mar
4
Sat
First Saturday Birding at Brumley North @ Brumley North Parking Lot
Mar 4 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

 

Come join us for our March First Saturday birding hike at our Brumley North Nature Preserve!

Did you know that Brumley North is the #2 Hotspot for birding in the state? Our Brumley Birding hike will led by co-members of both TLC and the New Hope Audubon Society. We will meander on an easy 1.5 mile hike over about 2 hours with many stops along the way. Please wear good walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and binoculars if you have them. We suggest that you leave your furry friends at home for this hike as they may scare away wildlife viewing opportunities. This is a free event, but preregistration is required.

 

Save your spot here!

 

If this event is full, please fill out the form at this link to be added to the waitlist.

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Bluestem Conservation Cemetery Tour @ Bluestem Conservation Cemetery
Mar 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Come join us for an exploration of Bluestem, a newly created non-profit 87 acre nature preserve including a conservation cemetery!

Register Now!

TLC and Eno River Association are Bluestem’s conservation partners helping to protect it with an upcoming conservation easement. As a nature preserve, Bluestem is restoring 30 acres of former farm fields into prairie grasslands. It is open to all, with a growing trail network built by volunteers. We’ll be hiking Bluestem’s 2 miles of trails, through lovely fields, forests, streams, and by a pond. These trails are accessible to the public 365 days a year.

Bluestem is also a conservation cemetery with 50 acres set aside for natural burial. “Natural burial at Bluestem is simple, natural and personal. It occurs without embalming, without metal or steel caskets, and without concrete vaults.”

Come explore this lovely land with us. The trails are flat, though some may be muddy after a rain. Kids are welcome and while Bluestem does love dogs, this is an event only for their owners. This is a free event, but preregistration is required. If the event is full, please add your name to our waitlist at this link.

 

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Fairy Hike and Picnic @ Brumley North Parking Lot
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join magic-lovers of all ages as we meander through the woods at Brumley North, spotting fairies, nature spirits, and other interesting sights out of the corners of our eyes. We will alternate gentle hiking with circle games, movement, singing, art-making, and even walking the labyrinth!
All ages welcome; activities geared at ages 4-10. Older and younger siblings are especially welcomed, as are magical adults. Bring a picnic snack (and a blanket) for your family, a water bottle, and shoes you can get muddy. When you register, please tell us how many people are coming — you can list children as guests, but total number and grades of children will help us prepare.

 

Save your spot here!

 

If the event is full, please fill out the form at this link to be added to the waitlist.

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Mar
20
Mon
Spring Equinox Sunset Hike @ White Pines Nature Preserve (First Lot)
Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join TLC on this wonderful mindfulness hike to kick off Spring!

From here on until the autumn equinox, there will be more light than dark, more day than night, more time to be out in the natural world. This mindful hike is a good opportunity to set intentions and recharge your social battery, all while celebrating the changing of the seasons. Join TLC Trail Guide, Elizabeth, for a medium difficulty, 2 mile hike down to the confluence and back. This is a free event but preregistration is required! If the event is full, add yourself to our waitlist at this link.

Register Now

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

Mar
25
Sat
Speed Hike @ Johnston Mill Main Entrance
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Come join TLC for an invigorating speed hike to wake up your Saturday morning!

This hike is led by one of our wonderful Trail Guides and will have a goal pace of 20 minutes per mile for about 3 miles. Explore Johnston Mill and see what all you can find while keeping your heart healthy, and socializing on trail. Make sure to park at the main entrance and be aware that the parking lots at our preserves are kept small to try and limit wear and tear on trails and habitat, so extra points if you can carpool! This is a free event but preregistration is required.

Register Now

Current Mask Policy: TLC seeks to build a supportive, mask-friendly environment in all collaborations with staff and the public. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, or if that makes you feel most comfortable. We will have masks available if you would like to wear one during an event. We also encourage those eligible to be vaccinated to get their Covid-19 vaccine and booster shot. If you are experiencing any Covid-related symptoms, please stay home and attend a program another day. Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our community. Thank you for your understanding.

If the event is full, please add your information to our waitlist at this link.

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