It’s that time of year again: students return to school, leaves change color and days get shorter.

The Friends of Tryon Creek welcome these seasonal changes and more as they invite the public to experience the forest as a living classroom with environmental education and stewardship opportunities.

Sept. 8: Landscaping for Conservation Workshop — Let Nature Work for You: Learn how to manage your garden from the ground up starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants. You will also learn to garden with native plants that use less water and don’t require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Pre-registration required.

Sept. 10 and 11: Nature Guide Training Orientation (choose one) — If you like to work with children, spend time in the forest and learn about native plants and animals, this training is for you. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to be a trained Nature Guide and will be able to share what you’ve learned with children and adults who visit the park. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in outdoor education volunteer work. September 10, 6 to 9 p.m. or September 11, 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required.

Sept. 11: Day of Service at Tryon Creek — Pay tribute to the victims of 9/11, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks and remind people of the importance of working together as a community on this day of observance with the Friends as we engage in stewardship activities in the park. 9 a.m. to noon.

Sept. 29: Scout Trail Day — Bats: Scouts will investigate bat adaptations and habitat, engage in fun nature activities and take a guided evening hike in the forest to look for Tryon Creek’s resident bats. Scouts ages 6 to 12 (Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Webelows, Boy Scouts and Camp Fire kids and leaders). 6 to 8 p.m. $5 for scouts and $5 for adults. No siblings allowed. Pre-registration required.

Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day — National Public Lands Day, the largest volunteer hands-on activity of its kind in the nation, brings together thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to restore and preserve the country’s public lands. You are invited to join the Friends on this momentous occasion and be a part of the movement as we pull ivy and engage in stewardship activities in the park. 9 a.m. to noon.

These fall activities are an excellent opportunity for community members to get out in nature and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. For more information and to pre-register, visit

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