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Events

In addition to maintaining the trails and infrastructure in the Preserve, our nonprofit organization is committed to providing the community with opportunities for education, enrichment, and outright fun! One way we do this is through our event offerings, which come in several forms.

Annual Events

While our Community Programs are typically smaller gatherings, we also hold a couple of major annual events in scenic Henderson Meadow. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, these events are critical to the financial viability of our organization. Hops & Herons, held in the fall, is a fun afternoon of local beer sampling, music and food trucks. Our Great Blue Gathering, a spring event, is a celebration of things local and natural, featuring a sit-down dinner and silent auction. Join us at one of these events and get to know the incredible CNP community!

Community Programs

Join us for engaging and fun weekend offerings at the Preserve. These events, typically occurring twice per month, offer an incredible variety of activities, from landscape painting to birding and night hiking. Activities are typically geared toward adults, though family and kid-only offerings are also scheduled. Each event offers an opportunity to engage with resources in the Preserve in a way that you wouldn’t experience as a casual visitor. Keep an eye out—you never know what we may offer next!

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Youth Programs

Children experience an important physical, emotional, and intellectual benefit from time spent exploring and learning in nature. While most of those opportunities are offered at the classroom level during the school day, parents will be happy to know that we also regularly provide after-school environmental education called Nature Discovery and preschool education through Knee-High Naturalists. Exploration and fun are the name of the game, and childhood curiosity is our guide!

Member Events

If you haven’t yet joined Friends of the Preserve, one of the big advantages of doing so is the event access. Members get early access to sign up for all of our events, some of which sell out very quickly, and we even have some special events that are just to show our appreciation for Friends of the Preserve. “Friendsgiving” is our signature annual Friends-only event, and admission for this event in Henderson Meadow is free with membership levels of $100 or more. Friends of the Preserve is intended to be an interactive community for folks who care deeply for CNP, and Friends-only events are the equivalent of our family reunion!

Community Events

  • Rising from the Ashes: An educational hike about our habitat restoration efforts!
    Rising from the Ashes: An educational hike about our habitat restoration efforts!
    Jul 27, 2024, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Come learn about the small beetle that is causing major changes at Conestee.
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  • Yoga with Jessica Lee Reader
    Yoga with Jessica Lee Reader
    Sat, Jul 27
    Jul 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Jul 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Nourish your mind, body, and spirit while connecting with others in nature.
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  • Poetry Reading with Glenis Redmond
    Poetry Reading with Glenis Redmond
    Sat, Jul 27
    Jul 27, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Jul 27, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Join us for a poetry reading from Glenis Redmond, the First Poet Laureate of Greenville, SC!
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  • Sunrise Hike
    Sunrise Hike
    Sat, Aug 10
    Aug 10, 2024, 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Aug 10, 2024, 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    The early bird gets the worm! We don't think you'll want a worm but how about some awesome views of the preserve as the day is just getting started?
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  • Toad Trek
    Toad Trek
    Sat, Aug 10
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Arts and Crafts + Guided Nature Hike = A fun Summer morning for all ages! Join us for a short trek along the trails, looking for toads and anything else we can discover.
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  • Mushroom Meander
    Mushroom Meander
    Fri, Sep 13
    Sep 13, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Sep 13, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Are you super into mushrooms? Yes? Perfect!
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  • Bugs and Blacklights!
    Bugs and Blacklights!
    Fri, Sep 13
    Sep 13, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Sep 13, 2024, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Looking for a fun way to spend your Friday the 13th? Join us for this kind-of creepy, but super cool insect-focused experience!
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