New Year’s Day Hike at Seven Oaks Preserve Trail

New Year's Day Hike on the Carolina Thread Trail!

Register below and start off the new year on the right foot!

Queen City Joyride Registration Form

This program has been RAINED OUT and is rescheduled from November 29th to next Tuesday, December 6, 2016. 

December 6, 2016 Queen City Joyride presents: Bike Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Night!

Register below to reserve a FREE bike, FREE helmet, and FREE snack for the event.
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Fall Nature Hike in the Catawba Wildflower Glen – with a focus on trees

This event is full, full, full!  Please join us on another fun upcoming program.

Join us for a guided walking tour of one of this area’s most outstanding natural areas. The Wildflower Glen is a classic climax or old-growth forest, with dramatic topography and a remarkably rich diversity of herbaceous and woody plant species. Mary Stauble a Catawba Lands Conservancy Volunteer and botanist, will lead a 1.5 hour walk through the constructed trails of this area’s richest woodland wildflower habitat.  Many of the flowers are spring bloomers so their time is past, but fall offers the beauty of changing seasons and the many trees species found there. The 20-acre preserve, owned by the Catawba Lands Conservancy, is located near Mountain Island Lake in northwestern Mecklenburg County. The site is open only by permission of the CLC.  This event is limited to 20 participants. Please register early! Trekkers, Trailblazers, Greenway Gals, Catawba Corps, Catawba Society, and NC Native Plant Society are invited to join us and bring a guest.

Event Details

  • Friday, October 21
  • 10:00 am: Meet at the Catawba Wildflower Glen property (address will be sent upon registration for this program).
    • Charlotte, NC
  • Enjoy a nature walk through this beautiful preserve.
  • 11:30 am: Finish walk

Requirements and Recommendations

  • You must be a member of NC Native Plant Society, Catawba Corps, Catawba Society, Trekker and Trailblazer Trailheads, Greenway Gals, or a board member of Carolina Thread Trail or Catawba Lands Conservancy to register.
  • Each member may bring one guest.
  • All participants must be at least 10 years of age, however experience and enthusiasm about nature is more important than age.
  • You must carry your own water and snacks.
  • Within the wildflower glen, there is no access to water or facilities until we end the hike.
  • Wear hiking boots, trail runners or gym shoes.
  • Wear breathable clothes and pack a rain coat if there is a chance of rainfall.

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What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to lead a plant walk throughout the Catawba Wildflower Glen
  • Field Guides to borrow during the walk.

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330X221.

 

Hiking on the South Fork Rail Trail

Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10 am - 12:30 pm , Beginner's Hike on the South Fork Rail Trail, 2648 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092

Get hiking with us on this beautiful trail near the Catawba River. We will hike this easy, 4 mile (out and back) trail. The trial is both natural surface and gravel. The perfect trail for the beginner hiker or someone looking to enjoy a beautiful morning of exercise in the outdoors!
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Kayaking on the Historic Catawba River

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Kayaking on the Catawba River, Tailrace Marina, 1000 Marina Village Drive, Mount Holly, NC 28120

Beginner paddlers welcome on this fun, flat water kayaking tour of the Catawba River. All gear provided by the Catawba Riverkeeper. Explore the natural and cultural history of the river with the Riverkeeper and discover more about the river.
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Queen City Joyride on Carolina Thread Trail

FREE Guided Greenway Tour and Bike Rental
Tuesday 6 pm – 8 pm Monthly

Ever wanted to ride a bike through Charlotte but don’t have a bike?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Does riding off into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of the area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening tour of a greenway near you.

Ride off into the sunset as our guide leads you on an easy group bike ride as we tour a local greenway.  The group will ride together and stop periodically to explore historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Each greenway tour will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for tour participants.

UPCOMING QUEEN CITY JOY RIDE, THREAD TRAIL GUIDED TOURS

Bike Little Sugar Creek Greenway AT NIGHT!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 This program has been RAINED OUT! It is rescheduled for next Tuesday, December 6, 2016. 
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Join us for a group 8 mile ride through this stretch of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway at night!  We will ride leisurely as a group and stop occasionally to get to know the greenway in the dark.  A guide from Carolina Thread Trail will lead you and provide headlights, safety vests, and taillights to borrow during the ride.  We will discover a route to a blossoming local business and enjoy one of the city’s best local treats before wrapping up this fun evening tour.  FREE drink and snack from Zoes  Kitchen, FREE bike rental and helmet from Charlotte B-cycle  included for all who pre-register for this event.  Tuesday night, come Get to know your Greenway.

THE PROGRAM

6:00pm Meet at the Charlotte B-cycle Rack on the corner of Metropolitan and Charlottetowne Avenue (722 Charlottetowne Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204), across from Target.

6:30pm Bike the Greenway at night!

7:45pm Enjoy a FREE drink and snack at Zoes Kitchen

8:00pm Finish

Registration for this event will close on November 28 at noon so register early.

Requirements and Recommendations for All RIDES

  • Participants must be able to ride a bike to participate in this FREE program.
  • Participants must wear a helmet.  A helmet can be borrowed from Charlotte B-cycle or you can bring your own helmet.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a FREE rental bike provided by Charlotte B-cycle.
  • Please indicate if you need a child or adult sized bike when registering.
  • Ages 10+ recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders.

What will be Provided

  • B-cycle bike to rent free for the evening
  • A FREE treat from a local business!
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna
  • Helmet with headlight

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

 

Get to Know Your Greenway

FREE Guided Greenway Walking Tours

Does walking into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of our area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening walking tour of a greenway near you.

Walk along with your family, friends, furry friends, furry family, and our guide who will lead you on a tour of a local greenway.  The group will walk together and stop periodically to explore historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Some greenway tours will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for participants in the tour.

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Participants must be mobile enough to walk or stroll on a paved and sometimes uneven surface and maintain a regular pace to participate in this FREE program.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adults.
  • Friendly dogs are welcome on leash.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders on applicable tours.

 What will be Provided

  • A FREE treat from a local business
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good walking shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING GET TO KNOW YOUR GREENWAY, GUIDED GREENWAY  WALKING TOURS

Saturday, October 1 | 10 am – 12 pm
A Walk through History at Anne Spring’s Close Greenway
Blue Star Trail, Fort Mill, SC

Follow in the footsteps of early Americans and discover the daily lives of individuals along this historic trail.  See how the actions of individuals contributed to the trail, connected communities, and promoted growth in York County. Today, this trail continues to provide a network of opportunities to explore self, society, and the world we live in.

Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy as we take an easy stroll on the most historic section of the Blue Star Trail.   We will stop frequently to discuss interesting aspects of this National Historic Place. On this interactive walking tour we will walk an approximately half mile loop of paved, natural surface, and gravel trail.  We will walk into unairconditioned historic structures within Anne Spring’s Close Greenway and discover a hands-on display of tools for the colonial way of life.  Members and the public are invited to take part in this 2-hour long walking tour.  Visitors will be encourages to explore the exhibits within the historic homes.  Program is free.  Parking is $5 per person and free for members of ASCG.

Sunday, November 6 | 1 – 3 pm
Take a Historical Tour of Families
Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill, SC

Follow the trail and discover the daily lives of early American Families. Work with your family to play games and find clues on the trail and see what these clues reveal to you about our forefather’s families and your own family history. See how these early Americans blazed the trail to connect with and allow for growing communities.  Learn how these trails were and continue to be a network of opportunities for exploring your self, community, and world.

Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy as we take an easy stroll on the most historic section of the Blue Star Trail.   We will stop frequently to discuss interesting aspects of this National Historic Place. On this interactive walking tour we will walk an approximately one mile loop of paved, natural surface, and gravel trail.  We will walk into unairconditioned historic structures within Anne Spring’s Close Greenway and discover a hands-on display of tools for the colonial way of life.  Children of all ages are invited to come on this 2-hour long walking tour and explore the tools within the historic homes under supervision.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Program is free.  Parking is $5 per person and free for member of ASCG.

Tuesday, November 8 | 10 am – 12 pm
A Walk through History at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Blue Star Trail, Fort Mill, SC

Follow in the footsteps of early Americans and discover the daily lives of individuals along this historic trail.  See how the actions of individuals contributed to the trail, connected communities, and promoted growth in York County. Today, this trail continues to provide a network of opportunities to explore self, society, and the world we live in.

Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy as we take an easy stroll on the most historic section of the Blue Star Trail.   We will stop frequently to discuss interesting aspects of this National Historic Place. On this interactive walking tour we will walk an approximately one mile loop of paved, natural surface, and gravel trail.  We will walk into unairconditioned historic structures within Anne Spring’s Close Greenway and discover a hands-on display of tools for the colonial way of life.  Members and the public are invited to take part in this 2-hour long walking tour.  Visitors will be encourages to explore the exhibits within the historic homes.  Program is free.  Parking is $5 per person and free for members of ASCG.

REGISTRATION FORM: Get to Know Your Greenway Walking Series

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Ride off into the Sunset: FREE Bring Your Own Bike Guided Greenway Tours

Every 1st Tuesday from 5:45 pm – 8 pm

Have a bike but not sure where to ride in the city?  Want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of your area?  Does riding off into the sunset and then enjoying a treat at one of the area’s best local businesses sound like a pretty great evening?  Join the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy for an evening tour of a greenway near you.

Ride off into the sunset as our guide leads you on an easy group biking tour of a local greenway.  The group will ride together and stop periodically to discover historically relevant and unique natural features of the greenway.  Each greenway tour will also discover a convenient route to a blossoming local business that will provide a FREE treat for participants on the tour.

Requirements and Recommendations for All RIDES

  • Participants must be able to ride a bike to participate in this FREE program.
  • Participants must have their own bike and bring it to the tour to ride.
  • Participants must bring and wear their own helmet.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Ages 10+ recommended
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • FREE or discounted treat from local business is included only for pre-registered riders.

 What will be Provided

  • A FREE treat from a local business
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the Greenway, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Headlights and bike lights to borrow for the evening

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Bike and helmet
  • Bike lights (if you have them)

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET, GUIDED GREENWAY  TOURS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 
A Historical Bicycle Tour of Charlotte’s Changing People and Places
Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek Greenways
1123 Greenleaf Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28202

Join us for a short (3-4 mile) ride while we explore this beautiful Greenway in the heart of some historic Charlotte neighborhoods.  We will ride leisurely as a group and stop frequently to get to know our Greenway cultural and natural history!

  • 5:45 pm: Meet at Frazier Park
  • 6:00 pm: Welcome and start biking
  • Stop to enjoy a FREE popsicle at Rhino Market & Deli
  • 8:00 pm: Finish bike at Frazier Park

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

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A Wonderful Walk in the Woods: FREE Family Friendly Tours of the Thread Trail

Every 1st Sunday Afternoon

Are you and your family busily rushing from school, to work, to activities and in need of time together?  Take an hour or two out of your schedule to enjoy a family stroll on the Carolina Thread Trail.  Our family-friendly group walking tours are interactive and fun and lead you through beautiful stretches of trail.  Each month we will explore a new trail.  Our guide will help you discover the convenient trails and unique plants and animals that live in your back yard.  Come enjoy captivating stories and hands-on activities on these afternoon walking tours.  Bring water, closed toed shoes, and the whole family to enjoy these FREE, fun, family tours!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Participants must be mobile enough to walk or stroll on a paved or sometimes narrow natural surface trail and maintain a regular pace to participate in this FREE program.
  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • Field-guides to borrow during the tour

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

 

UPCOMING WONDERFUL WALK IN THE WOODS WITH FAMILY, THREAD TRAIL TOURS

Sunday, September 4, 2016| 1 pm – 3 pm
HOW YOUR FAMILY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR BACKYARD: Become a Citizen Scientist on the Phenology Trail!
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012

  • 1:00 pm: Meet at the back of the Visitor Center Parking lot near the Persimmon Trailhead
  • Explore the Persimmon Trail!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-Up tour

Bring family of all ages to join us as we take an easy stroll on this beautiful natural surface trail.  We will play games to identify changes in common plants and trees and create a plant guide that your family can take home.  We will also show you how your whole family can use these plant ID skills to become a Citizen Scientist.  The data that you and your family collect with be added to the USA National Phenology Network  and will help in observing our changing world!  Register today to come out and play!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, November 6, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Location and Details TBD

 

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Family Playday: FREE Hiking, Biking and Paddling Opportunities for the whole Family!

Every 3rd Sunday Afternoon

Are you and your family feeling confined by work, school, or other commitments?  Do you want to spend more time having fun together?  Come outside and play this fall on the Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy’s “FAMILY PLAYDAY” Outdoor Adventure Tours.

Each month, play with us outside on a guided tour of a Thread Trail! We will show you some of the most convenient trails and rivers where you can walk, hike, bike, or paddle with your family. These tours are appropriate for the whole family and will give your family a fun experience together while showing you the skills and confidence to get started playing outside with your family.

So jump off the couch, put down the screen, and take a Family Playday with Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy! Our guide will lead you safely through hiking, biking, and paddling programs while providing patient instruction in a family friendly environment.  Get ready to go outside and play!

Requirements and Recommendations for All PARTICIPANTS

  • Pre-registration is required to reserve a space on this FREE tour.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adults.
  • Ages 10+ recommended

 What will be Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trail, local flora and fauna, and share stories of community history
  • All required gear and safety equipment to participate

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray
  • Snacks

Questions? Email Program Coordinator Mary Ann at maryann@catawbalands.org or call 704-342-3330 x221

UPCOMING FAMILY PLAYDAYS

Sunday, September 18, 2016|  1 pm – 3 pm
GET GOING ON THE GATEWAY TRAIL: Enjoy tales on the the trail while hiking with your family
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Avenue, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
ADA Accessible

  • 1:00 pm: Meet at the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail parking lot (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Explore the Gateway Trail!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Sunday, October 16, 2016| 1 pm – 4 pm
Kayaking on the Historic Catawba River
Tailrace Marina, 1000 Marina Village Dr., Mt Holly, NC 28120

  • 1:00 pm: Tailrace Marina (at picnic tables under the shelter)
  • Explore the Catawba River!
  • 3:00 pm: Wrap-up tour

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Sunday, November 20, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

Sunday, December 18, 2016 
Location and Details TBD

REGISTRATION FORM: Family Playday Series

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