April 29 Carolina Thread Trail and Catawba Lands Conservancy Members: Explore Charlotte by Bike

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Saturday, April 29 | 9:00-11:00 am
Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Irwin/Stewart Creek Greenway, Area Bike Routesbridge_skyline_bikes
4301-A Park Road,
Charlotte, NC 28209
20 miles | Advanced Group Road Bike Ride | Ages 18+ | Bring Your Own Bike and Helmet

Join us for an approximately 20-mile, group road bicycle ride throughout the City of Charlotte. This mostly on-road ride will highlight some of the City’s designated bicycle routes, portions of the Carolina Thread Trail including: Little Sugar Creek Greenway and Stewart Irwin Creek Greenway,  and bike lanes. Learn how these facilities can provide efficient access for those wishing to travel by bike within the City.  We will ride on the road with traffic and on the greenway with pedestrians.  We will stop at Rhino Market and Deli for a snack break before finishing our ride. Hear from our Community Coordinator, Bret Baronak, as he discusses the on-going development of the Thread Trail and resources available to bikers.  Join us and learn how the Carolina Thread Trail plays a role in the overall connectivity of the City’s bicycle transportation system.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Given the on-road nature of the ride, we are recommending riders who possess an intermediate bike rideto advanced skillset for this event.  This ride is not intended for beginners and/or those uncomfortable interacting with traffic.
  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.
  • Must be a member of CLC at one of these levels: Catawba Corps, Catawba Corps Friend, Catawba Corps Sustainer, Catawba Corps Society, and/or Carolina Thread Trail Trailheads (Trekker, Trailblazer), Greenway Gal.
  • Members are welcome to bring one guest.
  • Not a member? Join now.

What to Bring

  • Bring your own bike, shoes, water, and helmet.
    *Use of helmet is required for this program*

What is Provided

  • Breakfast and Drink from Rhino Market and Deli
    • Select your breakfast below upon registration.
  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the trails, bike routes, and the future of the Thread Trail.
    • More about our guide:Bret Baronak – Community Coordinator
      Carolina Thread Trail Community Coordinator Bret BaronakBret comes on board the Carolina Thread Trail with a background in public sector land use and transportation planning. Throughout his career, he has specialized in bicycle and pedestrian planning. From 2006 to 2014, Bret served as the Bicycle, Greenways, and Pedestrian Coordinator in Palm Beach County, Fl, where he was responsible for planning, funding and elevating awareness for non-motorized transportation.  In late 2014, he moved to the Charlotte region and held the position of Senior Transportation Planner with the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln MPO. Bret is a native of western Pennsylvania and a graduate of Penn State University. He is an avid road and mountain cyclist, and also enjoys hiking, travel and NASCAR racing.

Homeschool Adventures: All About the Catawba

Monday, May 22 | All DayUS National Whitewater Center Logo
US National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
Moderate Paddle | Gear Provided | All Ages | Cost $59

Homeschoolers are invited to a day at the US National Whitewater Center with programs especially for them!  Join us for an introduction to flat-water paddling on this historically significant stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the larger Carolina Thread Trail. For this  2-hour program, we will learn the basics of paddling, kayak as a group upstream, discuss water quality issues, and explore the shoreline within the 16-acre Long Creek Bluff Preserve conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

The rest of the day can be spent enjoying a full day of recreational activities at the Whitewater Center. Whether it’s high ropes activities, zip-lines, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, or rock climbing, see your homeschooler have an outdoor adventure!

Register here to reserve your spot for this fun homeschool adventure!

Program Schedule:

8-10am | Recommended for grades 3-5 | The Incredible Journey

Learn more about the water cycle, point and non-point source pollution, and watersheds as we follow the incredible journey of one rain drop from the Appalachian Mountains to the Catawba River.

10-12pm | Recommended for grades 6-8 | The Historic Catawba

Learn more about the “people of the river”, historic trade routes, and how the Catawba influenced the creation of North Carolina as we paddle along the historic Tuckaseegee Trail.

1-3pm | Recommended for grades 9-12 | Healthy Ecosystems and Resource Management

Do you like to drink clean water? Did you know that land management practices have a big influence on water quality? In this program, students will develop an understanding of the hydrosphere, evaluate how humans use water, and discuss the effects of land management practices on water quality. Students will learn how preserved land can influence water quality while kayaking through Long Creek Bluff Preserve.

 

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy, Carolina Thread Trail, and the US National Whitewater Center. This program is meant to connect youth to the water resources and outdoor activities in their community. 

May 18 Moonlight Ride on the Thread Trail: Riverwalk, Piedmont Medical Center Trail

Thursday, May 18 | 6:30-9 pm

Riverwalk, Piedmont Medical Center Trail
829 Park Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730
5 miles | Intermediate Group Bike Ride | Ages 12+

Join us for a group mountain bike. Ride along Riverwalk: Piedmont Medical Center Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will ride beside the Catawba River and over this hilly, paved and natural-surface trail by moonlight. Hear from our Community Coordinator, Bret Baronak as he discusses the on-going development of the Thread Trail.  Join us and discover the beauty of the Thread Trail at night!

This program will allow participants to be on the trail after hours thanks to our partnership with the City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.  Visit the City of Rock Hill site to find out more about programs in Rock Hill.
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Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

 What is 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 including headlamp to borrow and reflective vest to borrow for the ride
  • Snack and drink

What to Bring

  • Please bring your own bike
  • Please bring your own helmet
  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Comfortable clothing

May 18 Moonlight Ride on the Thread Trail: RIverwalk, Piedmont Medical Center Trail

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May 11 Moonlight Ride on the Thread Trail: Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Thursday, May 11 | 6:30-9 pm
Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
807 S. Battleground Avenue
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
10 miles | Intermediate-Advanced Group Bike Ride | Ages 12+

Join us for a group mountain bike. Ride along this stretch of the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, part of the Carolina Thread Trail.  We will ride under the moonlight and over this hilly, natural surface and gravel trail. Hear from our Community Coordinator, Bret Baronak, as he discusses the on-going development of the Thread Trail.  Join us and discover the beauty of the Thread Trail at night!

This Thread Trail segment is maintained by Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, INC.  Find more events on Kings Mountain Gateway Trail by visiting www.kmgatewaytrails.org .

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Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

 What is 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 including headlamp to borrow and reflective vest to borrow for the ride
  • Snack and drink

What to Bring

  • Please bring your own bike
  • Please bring your own helmet
  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Comfortable clothing

May 11 Moonlight Ride on the Thread Trail: Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

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Workday Postponed

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Volunteer to Plant a Pollinator Gardencardinal flower (JeanWoods)

THIS WORKDAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED!
Stay tuned for the announcement of the rescheduled date.

Our friends at Catawba Lands Conservancy are hosting a volunteer workday to plant a native pollinator garden at the trailhead for our Seven Oaks Nature Preserve Trail.  Join us for this planting for either shift. The first shift will help spread mulch and start planting native wildflowers and the second shift will finish planting native wildflowers and top-dress the beds with more mulch.  No experience needed.  Project direction, tools, water, and snacks will be provided.

This workday will be hosted on St. Patrick’s Day so wear your green and bring your green thumbs! Please REGISTER to let us know you are coming.

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Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail Board Member and Family Hike

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Sunday, May 21 | 2:00-5:00 pm  
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122 Redlair Lane
Gastonia, NC 28056
All Ages Welcome | No Dogs Please

Join us for our first annual Board Hike!  All Catawba Land Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail board members are invited to bring their families out for a lovely walk in the woods within Redlair Farm and Forest.  This exemplar property is a NC Natural Heritage site and the quintessential CLC conservation easement touching on our missions to conserve habitat, preserve water quality, protect local farm land, and connect people with nature.

After a brief introduction, we will enjoy a 1-2 hour, nature walk through a portion of Redlair. Follow Director of the Carolina Thread Trail Andy Kane, long-time Redlair steward, Haywood Rankin, or CLC and CTT Program Coordinator Mary Ann Harrison as we wander through Redlair, part of over 1100 acres of protected property. The trail takes us through beautiful hardwood forest, under patches of Bigleaf Magnolia, around fields with endangered Schweinitz’s Sunflower and beside creeks leading to the South Fork Catawba River.  After our family-friendly hike we will regroup and enjoy light refreshments.

Walk with us through this CLC showpiece and reconnect with nature!


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Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is requested for this exclusive, board-member program. To register please fill out the form below.


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Guide and staff will answer questions about exotic and native plants, preserved land, and ensure safety on the walk. Light refreshments will be available after the hike. Tissue and hand sanitizer will also be available upon request if “nature calls” on the trail. There are no restroom facilities on site.


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  • Please carry a water bottle with you on the hike. Closed-toed shoes and long pants can help protect from thorns, sticks, or poison ivy that are found on the steep and sometimes slippery trail. In addition, wear clothes appropriate for walking outdoors and in the elements.

 

 

May 21 CLC and CTT Board Members Hike: Redlair Farm and Forest

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Catawba Wildflower Glen Clean-Up

Friday, March 24 | 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Catawba Wildflower Glen
12001 Riverhaven Drive
Charlotte, NC 28214
Volunteer Workday  | Exotic Plant Removal | Ages 12+ | No Dogs Please

Come clean-up the Catawba Wildflower Glen!  Public participants and the NC Native Plant Society are invited to help remove exotic and invasive plants from the glen in order to promote the growth of beautiful native wildflowers.  After a brief introduction, we will enjoy a short, but lovely nature walk through the Catawba Wildflower Glen to our work sites.  We may see some spring wildflowers along the way. We will be pulling invasive Japanese honeysuckle that is encroaching into the glen. We need your help to keep it from spreading! Some people will work with tools and herbicide, but others will be doing old fashioned pulling of invasive plants.  Come help to keep Charlotte beautiful! 

This clean-up is done in partnership with the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  To learn more about native plants please consider joining them for future outings

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this workday. To register contact Mary Ann Harrison maryann@catawbalands.org.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about exotic and native plants, preserved land, and the best way to remove nuisance species.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tissue and Hand Sanitizer (There are no bathroom facilities on site).

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Clothes appropriate for work outdoors
  • Work gloves (if you have them)
  • Snack

 

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Saturday, March 4 | 5:30 pm
Killian Farm: Privatly owned land protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy
1617 Killian Farm Road
Stanley, NC 28164
Low Light | Moderate Bird Watch | All Ages | No Dogs Please

This is a unique opportunity to visit a Catawba Land Conservancy property that straddles the Gaston and Lincoln county line near the Catawba River.  We will be looking and listening for Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owls, and Great Horned Owls.  We will also have the opportunity to see other species as they settle in for the night.  The program will take place on private land in conservation easement with Catawba Lands Conservancy.  Permission to access this land for the Owl Prowl was granted specifically for this event by the Killian Family.  Only CLC members and/or Mecklenburg Audubom Society members are invited to attend this private program.

This hike is in partnership with Mecklenburg Audubon Society.  Consider attending future MAS events to learn more about local birds. 

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. To register contact Judy Walker (birdwalker@me.com).
  • All levels of CLC membership is welcome to join! Each member may bring one guest.

What is Provided

  • Guide and staff to answer questions about the land and native birds.

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Flashlight
  • Binoculars (if you have them)

A few notes from Mecklenburg Audubon Society

Please remember to contact the Field Trip Leader to let him/her know you are coming. This will insure that you are notified of any changes in meeting locations/times and/or cancellations. Plus it is less likely they will leave without you. Please read our Bird Walk guidelines.
All dates are subject to change so please make sure you contact the person listed for the trip to verify date, time and meeting place.
KEY TO PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
Easy – Trails are level to slight grades usually paved – .5-3 miles of walking
Moderate – Trails can be uneven with some hills. 2-4 miles of walking.
Strenuous – Trails vary greatly. 4+ miles of walking.
* – Trails are handicapped accessible.
Field Trip Etiquette
To ensure everyone on the field trip has a productive and enjoyable outing here are a few things to keep in mind.
Contact the leader. Turn cell phones off or to vibrate.
Be on time. Stay with the group.
Carpool whenever possible. Stay behind the leader.
Offer to chip-in for gas. Don’t monopolize someone else’s scope.
Wear muted colors. Avoid blocking other people’s view.
Silence is golden. Help the leader make sure everyone gets to see a bird.
So, the next time you are out birding with a group, whether it’s an MAS field trip or not, keep these things in mind. They will help you see more birds and be more relaxed which is exactly what we want.

Western Counties Trail Round Table

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Carolina Thread Trail is pleased to bring together practitioners from the counties of Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln who work to advance Thread Trail projects in their community for a morning discussion of project successes, challenges, management practices and more on a localized level. We will conclude with an optional hike along the adjacent South Fork Rail Trail following the meeting

Thursday, March 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.IMG_3685
Laboratory Mill
848 Southfork Road
Lincolnton, NC 28092

Schedule
8am – Light breakfast and welcome
8:30am to 11am – Discussion topics
11am – Wrap up and closing
11:30am – Meeting adjourns
11:30am – Optional lunch. Please bring bag lunch to eat before the hike.
12pm – Optional hike on South Fork Rail Trail

Topics

  1. Working through the NCDOT project administration process (LAP Federal Funding)
  2. Designing and Building Trail Bridges (building code and permit requirements)
  3. Implementing on-road facilities as trail connections
  4. Need for additional and consistent trail signage
  5. Trail promotion and public awareness strategies
  6. Connecting sidewalks and trails as a continuous system
  7. Trail design standards
  8. Additional ways the Carolina Thread Trail can be of further assistance

These topics have been created by regional sub-committee and local feedback.  Please send ideas to Bret Baronak at bret@carolinathreadtrail.org.

REGISTER HERE

August 19 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper: Tailrace Marina

Saturday, August 19 | 9 am–12 pm
Tailrace MarinaCRF logo
1000 Marina Village Drive
Mt Holly, NC 28120
Moderate Paddle, Gear Provided | Ages 10+

Join us for a moderate, flat-water paddle on this interesting stretch of the Catawba River Blueway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail. We will paddle as a group and explore the shoreline within the 16-acre Long Creek Bluff Preserve conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy. Come learn about the link between preserved land and water quality while having fun on the water!

This paddle is appropriate for paddlers of all levels, especially beginners.

This hike is in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy and Catawba Riverkeeper. This program is meant to connect everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers to resources in their community.

Requirements and Recommendations

  • Pre-registration is required for this FREE tour. Register using the form below.

What is 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: FREE kayak rental, paddle and life jacket

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Good closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and bugspray

 

August 19 Kayak with Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: Tailrace Marina

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