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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

  • Yoga with Jessica Lee Reader
    Yoga with Jessica Lee Reader
    Sat, Apr 27
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Apr 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Nourish your mind, body, and spirit while connecting with others in nature.
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  • SOLD OUT: CNP Homeschool Days
    SOLD OUT: CNP Homeschool Days
    Mon, Apr 29
    Apr 29, 2024, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Apr 29, 2024, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Homeschool Days at Conestee Nature Preserve is open to children ages 5-11 years old. You will drop your child off with us to spend the day exploring and learning about the natural resources found at CNP.
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  • Birding 101: Spring Migrants
    Birding 101: Spring Migrants
    Sat, May 11
    May 11, 2024, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    May 11, 2024, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Make some new feathered friends!
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  • History Hike Part 2
    History Hike Part 2
    Sat, May 11
    May 11, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    May 11, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    A Naturalist-led walk and talk about Conestee's past.
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  • Night Hike
    Night Hike
    Sat, May 18
    May 18, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    May 18, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Join us as we search for creatures of the night!
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  • World Oceans Day: Changing Tides
    World Oceans Day: Changing Tides
    Sat, Jun 08
    Jun 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Jun 08, 2024, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    The "tides", they are a changing!
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  • Bats - A Walk and Talk!
    Bats - A Walk and Talk!
    Sat, Jun 15
    Jun 15, 2024, 8:30 PM – Jun 16, 2024, 9:30 PM
    Jun 15, 2024, 8:30 PM – Jun 16, 2024, 9:30 PM
    Learn about bats and their vital role in our ecosystem!
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Annual Events

  • Great Blue Gathering and Silent Auction
    Great Blue Gathering and Silent Auction
    Sat, Apr 27
    Apr 27, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Apr 27, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    An evening of food, drink, music and fun, supporting Conestee Nature Preserve.
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Community Events
Annual Events

Youth Events

  • Earth Day Yoga with Strong Roots Yoga
    Earth Day Yoga with Strong Roots Yoga
    Mon, Apr 22
    Apr 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Apr 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Celebrate Earth Day through movement, mindfulness, story, and crafts!
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  • SOLD OUT: CNP Homeschool Days
    SOLD OUT: CNP Homeschool Days
    Mon, Apr 29
    Apr 29, 2024, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Apr 29, 2024, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Homeschool Days at Conestee Nature Preserve is open to children ages 5-11 years old. You will drop your child off with us to spend the day exploring and learning about the natural resources found at CNP.
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  • Middle School Nature Discovery After School Club
    Middle School Nature Discovery After School Club
    2nd and 4th Thu | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Feb - May
    2nd and 4th Thu | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Feb - May
    2nd and 4th Thu | 4:00pm-5:30pm | Feb - May
    This is an exclusive opportunity for your middle schooler to experience hands-on exploration, investigation and discovery in ways unavailable to those just visiting the Preserve.
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  • Elementary Nature Discovery Afterschool Club
    Elementary Nature Discovery Afterschool Club
    1st & 3rd Thu | 3 :00 pm - 4:30 pm
    1st & 3rd Thu | 3 :00 pm - 4:30 pm
    1st & 3rd Thu | 3 :00 pm - 4:30 pm
    We can't wait to explore the Preserve with your child in this drop-off after school club for elementary age students!
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  • Preschool Nature Discovery Club (formerly Knee-high Naturalists)
    Preschool Nature Discovery Club (formerly Knee-high Naturalists)
    One Thu or Sat | 9:30am-10:30am | Feb-May
    One Thu or Sat | 9:30am-10:30am | Feb-May
    One Thu or Sat | 9:30am-10:30am | Feb-May
    This is an environmental education program for our tiniest naturalists, ages 2-4 (parent/guardian must stay with your child). Each session will include activities that will engage you and your child and foster a love of nature!
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Youth Events
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