Piedmont Land Conservancy hosts various events, including Second Saturday outings, that are designed to connect people with nature. Outings include hikes, farm visits, paddle trips and more. Events include our annual bluegrass concert (LandJam) as well as volunteer days, workshops, partner events, and a new nature book and film club.

Black Walnut Bottom Creek Hike

Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m., Bethania

Henry Fansler of the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club will lead a fun and informative creek crawl along Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Trail, which feeds into Muddy Creek. We will be joined by Mindy Mock of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose group helped to preserve Walnut Bottoms; Michelle Williams, the historic landscape coordinator for the town of Bethania; and biologist Ana Clara Melo.

We will meet in the Bethania visitor center for an overview of the creeks of Wachovia. We will then hike the Black Walnut Bottom Trail and see what makes a healthy creek, explore the area bordering the creek, and consider why the Moravians made their second settlement here.

Along the hike, we will search a creek for macro-invertebrates whose presence will tell us about the water quality. In water quality, “buggy is better.” Anyone wishing to join in this activity must have boots or water footwear and expect wet and muddy conditions. Towels and spare socks and shoes are recommended. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group. Ana Clara Melo will be available to help with insect identification and ecological questions, and Mindy Mock will be there to answer land preservation questions.

More details of the area can be found at http://townofbethania.org/trails/black-walnut-bottom-trail/.  To register for the hike contact Henry Fansler at hbjfansler@windstream.net or 336-473-0283. Note that the Sierra Club requires all outing participants to sign a standard waiver. Participants under 18 must be with a parent or guardian.

Meet in the parking lot for the Bethania Visitors Center, 5393 Ham Horton Lane (near the intersection of Bethania Road and Main Street).  MAP

Fly Fishing Demonstration & Lessons

3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22
Salem Lake Park, Winston-Salem

Join staff  from Great Outdoor Provision Company and Piedmont Land Conservancy for a fly fishing demonstration at Salem Lake. See some examples of appropriate gear and try your hand. The GOPC staff will be there with pointers to improve your casting. Perfect for new or experienced folks and kids. PLC will also share how they help protect clean water sources, ensuring great spots to fish (as well as hike, bike and explore).

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For questions or more information, email us. Check out what’s coming up and join us outside!