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.

Screening of Climate Stories NC at the Rialto

Tuesday, August 19th from 6:45 – 9:00 P.M. at The Rialto Theatre, Raleigh, NC

Experience Climate Stories NC – on the big screen with special guest film director David Salvesen, PhD.

Please join Conservation Trust for North Carolina for a viewing, discussion and dessert with Climate Stories NC Director David Salvesen, PhD. Climate Stories NC is a series of short stories capturing the voices of North Carolinians who are impacted by the changing climate. Eight stories will be shown including the premiere of the latest installment featuring WRAL Meteorologist Greg Fishel. This event will highlight local and regional voices impacted by our changing climate, and showcases how land conservation efforts can ensure a greater quality of life for all people and wildlife of North Carolina.

Cost: $25 includes entry into the screening and a dessert reception to follow. Registration details coming soon.

Join the Conservation Trust for North Carolina for hikes this summer and fall that will connect you and your family to the outdoors!

Saturday, April 22: Brumley Forest Nature Preserve Grand Opening, 9:00 a.m.

Spend Earth Day celebrating the grand opening of the Triangle Land Conservancy’s newest public nature preserve, The George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve! Attendees will enjoy a family-friendly day of guided hikes, nature activities, food trucks, and more! Learn how the 613-acre preserve protects ecological communities, and safeguards Raleigh’s water supply.

Parking for the opening celebration will be off New Hope Church Road in Chapel Hill. Registration is not required for this event, and we encourage you to bring friends (including leashed dogs).

Host: Triangle Land Conservancy.

Saturday, June 3: Asheville Watershed, 10:30 a.m.

The Asheville Watershed is nearly 20,000 acres of protected property that ensures the excellent quality of Asheville’s drinking water. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to tour the watershed with stops by major creeks and remnants of historic home sites. This 2.5-hour moderate hike will conclude with a picnic by the lake. Registration is required and dogs are not permitted.

Meet in the parking lot at 3374 North Fork – Left Fork, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711.

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina and City of Asheville.

Saturday, July 29: Linville Gorge, 10:30 a.m.

Hike with CTNC’s North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC) crew and see where these amazing young people build, improve, and restore trails in one of Eastern America’s most scenic and rugged gorges. CTNC and NCYCC crew members will lead guests on a guided hike to discuss how their work benefits this nationally designated Wilderness Area, and what is involved in constructing and maintaining safe, welcoming hiking trails that connect more people to the outdoors.

Host: Conservation Trust for North Carolina. 

Saturday, August 26: Blowing Rock, 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a guided hike along protected land in the Blowing Rock area. Location and details for this hike will be shared closer to the date.

Host: Conservation Trust for North Carolina.

Saturday, September 23: Wildacres Retreat, 10:30 a.m.

CTNC partnered with Foothills Conservancy of NC to conserve the iconic Wildacres Retreat. The 1,000+ acre property contains five miles of streams and six miles of hiking trails below the dramatic Deerlick Gap Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The two-hour hike will weave through rhododendron forests, pristine streams, and scenic vistas. A picnic lunch will follow the hike.

Meet in the parking lot at the Wildacres Retreat on Wildacres Road between Highway 226A (near Little Switzerland) and the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 336.3).

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, and Wildacres Retreat.

Saturday, October 7: Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfall Hike, 9:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

The Waterfalls Farm is a 280-acre property protected by Blue Ridge Conservancy. The land consists of open fields and mature hardwood and pine forests, with a trail leading hikers to a beautiful cascading waterfall on Waterfalls Creek. Early October will provide cooler weather, gorgeous fall colors, hawk migration sightings and views of Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area. The hike is considered strenuous including rugged terrain to and from the base of the falls. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring a good walking stick, water, snacks. This hike is not recommended for children under 12 or pets.

We’ll meet at the Air Bellows Overlook (Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 236.9). Lunch, courtesy of Bob and Roddy Dixon, will be provided at noon, for both the morning and afternoon hiking groups.

Hosts: Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Blue Ridge Conservancy, and Piedmont Land Conservancy.

Registration is limited, so please respond early. To RSVP, click here or contact Hannah Vet at 919-828-4199 x 14. All hikes will be held rain or shine, and rain gear is recommended. Registrants will receive details for each hike one week before the date.

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