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Building Nature Trails at Roberts Chapel Conservation Area

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  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.

Volunteers will work in teams to help build new hiking trails at Roberts Chapel Conservation Area, a 55-acre nature preserve owned by Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC) near the towns of Butner and Stem in southern Granville County. The new trail network will lead visitors through a beautiful mature forest, past rocky outcroppings, and across several streams.

Each volunteer day will be led by a TRLC staff member or experienced trail-building volunteer. Trails will be constructed using hand-tools including loppers, hand saws, rakes, and shovels. Volunteers may assist in the construction of wooden footbridges and benches along the trail. Tools and safety equipment will be provided by TRLC. No previous experience needed. New volunteers will be paired with experienced volunteers who will provide training and support.

Our goals are to finish 1½ miles of trails by December 31st and to open the nature preserve to the public in spring 2021. Please donate a few hours to help us reach our goals. Once this nature preserve is opened to the public, visitors will have access to the trails year-round during daylight hours. Volunteers can look forward to returning to this property to enjoy the trails for years to come. Now more than ever, individuals and families need opportunities to hike in the woods to rejuvenate from the stresses of daily lives and to recreate outside at safe distances from others to limit transmission of COVID-19.

Volunteers will be required to follow safety protocols to limit participants exposure to the COVD-19 coronavirus. Volunteers must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth while working in close proximity to others during this event. Each person must maintain at least 6 feet distance from other participants (except for household family members) during the volunteer event. Volunteers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer before and after the event. Volunteers will be asked to wipe down tools at the end of the day with cleaning supplies provided by TRLC. Volunteers will be separated into groups not larger than 10 individuals. Each group will be assigned to a separate section of trail to work on.

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121 N. Main Street, LOUISBURG, NC 27549, US

Mission Statement

Tar River Land Conservancy preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Tar River Basin and surrounding areas by working in partnership with private landowners, public agencies and others to protect rural land, riparian corridors and ensure clean water.


Tar River Land Conservancy preserves the natural and cultural resources of the Tar River Basin and surrounding areas by working in partnership with private landowners, public agencies and others to protect rural landscapes and riparian corridors. Our service area includes Person, Granville, Vance, Franklin, Warren, Halifax, Nash and Edgecombe Counties. We work directly with landowners through the region to protect drinking water, wildlife habitat, farms, forests and recreational open space. We achieve our objectives by acquiring conservation land and permanent conservation easements and collaborating with other public and private entities on projects that achieve mutually beneficial land conservation objectives.

Usual tasks include:

  • raking leaves
  • levelling tread
  • limbing trees
  • felling small trees
  • removing debris

*see specific work days for a more detailed project description

Sports & Recreation


Sat Dec 12, 2020
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM  


792 Roberts Chapel RdStem, NC 27581




  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 10
  • Each volunteer event requires 3 hours of commitment. Volunteers may sign up for multiple volunteer days scheduled between Sept and Dec 2020.
  • Please contact Amy at volunteer@tarriver.org if you would like to organize a service event for your business team, faith-based group, school club, or Scout troop. We will be glad to design a service event to fit your group's needs. Thank you!

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