Workdays at the Preserves
...work, walk, listen, learn...
The Friends of Plant Conservation (FoPC) group, with the cooperation and assistance of the NC Plant Conservation Program, offers workday opportunities at preserves across the state. When our task is completed, we will have an opportunity to learn more about the site and visit some of the sensitive areas. We also offer at least one weekend seminar per year.
Due to the fragile nature of these sites, space will be limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise noted) and registration is required. There are no trails, no facilities, and no water. Often, these are remote sites, so you are asked to bring water and snacks with you.
There is no fee for Friends of Plant Conservation members; members of the public will pay $15, which may be applied to membership.
Plant and seed collecting is strictly forbidden on Plant Conservation Preserves.
We ask that you leave your pets at home.
Contact Mamie Colburn to RSVP,
mamie [dot] fopcvolunteers [at] gmail or use button to left.
You will receive directions and any additional information once you have registered with Mamie.
2018 Preserve Workday/Walk Schedule
Friends of Plant Conservation
and NC Plant Conservation Program
Sign up early as group size is limited according to the site.
Meeting times will generally be at 10:00 a.m. -- a specific time will be sent on registration, along with other details for each trip.
September 21— Picture Creek Seed Collecting Picture Creek, in Granville County, has a few species from which seed need to be collected for augmentation efforts on the site. We can all go and see the site, learn about the plants protected there, the plant community that supports them, and assist NCPCP staff with seed collection. Easy walking, not too much bending.
September 28 - Mountain Bog Invasive Pull Join us for a rescheduled invasive pull in our Bat Fork Bog in Henderson County. Help pull Japanese stiltgrass and marsh dewflower before they go to seed. It's an easy walk into the site and you're sure to see a big difference before and after your efforts. Please join us!
October 8-11 - One-Two Tie Your Boots, Three-Four Sharpen Your Pencil….
The Plant Conservation Program is counting sunflowers and needs your help! I am emailing you because you have either counted Schweinitz’s sunflowers with us in the past or have expressed interest in volunteering. We have two counts scheduled in the greater Charlotte area in mid-October.
October 8th: Mineral Springs Barren (near Waxhaw in Union County)
October 9th: Redlair (near Mount Holly in Gaston County)
October 10th: Harvest Field and Denson’s Creek in the Uwharrie Mountains
(Randolph and Montgomery Counties)
We typically start early to mid-morning, eat our lunches together on site, and finish by mid-afternoon. If you are available to help out either (or both) of these days, please let me know and I will send you more information. We are always looking to get more folks involved in our monitoring efforts so please pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Many hands make light work!
October 12th - One last invasives pull...Durahm Area
Before the seeds fall let's give one last invasives pull and try to get as much Japanese stiltgrass out as possible. The stiltgrass pulls out easily and it's easy to see your progress. Join us for this easy to moderate day of volunteering from 9am to noon just north of Durham at the Eno River Diabase.
November 10th - Menace or Marvels: Beavers on Preserves 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Our Annual Meeting will be held outside Gastonia, NC--near the Redlair Preserve. The morning program features Cecil Frost describing his years of work on beaver properties. Box lunches will be available after the morning program and following lunch a choice of walks on Redlair will be available (strenuous, moderate, and easy). Small registration fee. Bring your own lunch or order a box lunch.
December 7th - Coneflower Seed Cleaning at the NC Botanical Gardens
What: Cleaning smooth coneflower seeds from Picture Creek Diabase Barrens to be used in an augmentation project at that site. Cap of 8 participants. Training provided, no tools needed.
Where: NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill
When: Friday, Dec 7th, 9:30am-11:30am with optional tour of the garden after that, wrapping up between 12 and 12:30 depending on the weather and the size of the group.
REGISTER EARLY AS SPACE IS LIMITED. Directions and other details will be emailed about a week before the event. Please also leave a telephone/cell number so we can reach you.
PLEASE NOTE: Dates may need to be adjusted depending on weather and bloom times. We will advise you as best we can.
TO REGISTER: Send an email to Volunteer Coordinator Mamie Colburn
International Bog Day 2015
On July 29, 2015 we celebrated International Bog Day with an evening and morning of talks (Jim Fowler, Rob Evans, Ed Schwartzman, Chelcy Miniat, Jeff Wilcox, Mara Alexander, Rebecca Hale, Gary Peeples, Sara Fraser, Jason Guidry). In the afternoon, we visited a private bog.
Note: these are actually fens!)
Amphibolite Adventure 2015
Early morning fog did not deter the enthusiasm or diminish the crowd as we gathered to climb to the top of Tater Hill, where we were rewarded with breaks in the clouds and fog.
Hebron Road 2015
Not long after this photo was taken, Lesley Starke (PCP Plant Ecologist) stumbled across Michaux's sumac (Rhus michauxii).