Getting Together for Conservation

We often schedule hikes on beautiful trails neighboring the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we’d love for you to join us. And bring the kids. We also hold fundraising and “friendraising” receptions in various parts of the state, to educate people about conservation’s benefits and to advance the cause of land protection.

Gideon Ridge Reception

Thursday, August 11th from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock, NC.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina Board of Directors cordially invites you to a reception celebrating 25 years of conservation success. We will share our vision for the next 25 years, and it involves you, our steadfast friends, donors, and advocates. We plan to double our statewide impact to ensure that all people of North Carolina have access to safe drinking water, clean air, healthy local foods, and parks and trails to recreate and restore. We will also celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with our special guest, Mark Woods, Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent.

Brief remarks at 6:00 P.M.; beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres to be served. Please RSVP by August 4th to or 919-828-4199 x18.

Screening of National Parks Adventure

Thursday, September 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Discovery Place, 301 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC.

Cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, and a private viewing of National Parks Adventure, an IMAX film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. Come mingle with conservation colleagues, learn how you can help protect more land and connect more people to nature, and watch an incredible film about our national parks. RSVP details to follow.

25th Anniversary Celebration Featuring Balsam Range

Sunday, October 9th from 3:30 – 5:30 P.M. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC.

Join us in celebrating the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s 25th Anniversary, featuring award-winning Bluegrass performers BALSAM RANGE!

Balsam Range, the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year, will play a special concert in Durham’s Central Park on October 9th 2016, to celebrate CTNC’s 25 years of saving the places you love! Tickets are $25, and can be purchased online at


Saturday, August 13: Hike at Upper Thunderhole/China Creek Trail, 2:00 p.m.

Come enjoy this newly improved trail, completed in summer 2015 by the NC Youth Conservation Corps. The trail winds through open hardwood forest that contains some of the last remaining old growth forest in the East, with trees over 300 years old. The trail passes through National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land as well as through a 192-acre parcel that CTNC preserved in 2001. The hike is moderate to strenuous. We will meet at the trailhead, located adjacent to the Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve at 1280 Laurel Lane, Watauga County.

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, and Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Please respond early. Space is limited. To RSVP, email

Saturday, September 24: Hike at The Orchard at Altapass, 11:00 a.m.

Bring your family and experience the Orchard at Altapass near Little Switzerland on the Blue Ridge Parkway. CTNC recently protected this historic and natural treasure. Enjoy live music and dancing, home-made ice cream, freshly picked apples, story- telling and a hay ride. Guests are invited to hike the Track Trails network of easy interpretive trails around the orchard. Lunch will be served. We will meet at the Orchard’s main building located at Parkway milepost 328, McDowell County.

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the Orchard at Altapass, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

Please respond early. Space is limited. To RSVP, email

In addition, check out your local land trust’s website for opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature on their protected properties.