ACTIVE projects


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HONEYSUCKLE TEA HOUSE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND

We believe the future of conservation is about creating unique places where we have exceptional experiences to celebrate our place in the beautiful cycle of life. The Honeysuckle Tea House and Farm is exactly that kind of place!


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VIRTUAL TREE EXPERIENCE

Imagine visiting a beautiful arboretum with your family one spring day. At the Virtual Tree Lab, each of you puts on a Virtual Reality headset and stands at the foot of a towering (3D digital) hickory tree in a virtual forest.  With one jump, you all soar to the top of the tree to observe its canopy leaves in detail. Then you descend the trunk and limbs for a close up look at its bark. Finally, you reach the base again for a subterranean look at its roots. Then the REAL fun begins….


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CATES FARM

Unique Places To Save is partnering with the City of Mebane, NC to lead a design charrette and master planning process that will garner community input for this remarkable rural property as part of their “city within a park” concept.


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MITIGATION EASEMENTS

We are partnering with engineering professionals across the state of North Carolina, creating a network of conservation easements to protect stream and wetland mitigation for generations to come.

 

PAST SUCCESSES


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HOLLOW ROCK STORE

With the generous support of the community, UP2S raised over $15,000 and the Hollow Rock Store was moved to its new home in the Hollow Rock Nature Park.

Originally, the Hollow Rock Store graced the banks of the New Hope Creek at Erwin Road from about 1930 until 1999. It had two incarnations. The first store, shown in the above 1972 photograph, was built and owned by John Ransom Whitfield. John Brown rented the store from Whitfield and operated it for nearly 40 years. The store sold groceries and gas, and served as a polling place on election days, in addition to being a significant community gathering place.

In the mid-1960s, there were musical gatherings at the store on Friday nights after closing time. Among other local musicians, the lineup sometimes included banjo player Tommy Thompson, later of the Red Clay Ramblers. Tommy and his wife were part of a band known as the Hollow Rock String Band before the Red Clay Ramblers were formed.


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SPRINGER’S POINT MEMORIAL

Unique Places to Save was successful in raising over $17,000 to create an interpretive trail, signage and seating area highlighting the rare Georgia Sunrose plants at Springer’s Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island, owned and managed by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. The 120-acree Springer’s Point Preserve, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the only location in the Outer Banks where this tiny, ground-hugging plant with exquisitely lovely yellow flowers can be found. The sensitive natural area in which the Georgia Sunrose population grows is truly special and worthy of further protection and enhancement.

These improvements serve as a memorial to honor the life of the late Tammy Finch, for whom Springer’s Point was a favorite place to enjoy with her family. The Tammy Finch memorial includes: an extended nature trail showcasing the population of Georgia Sunrose with log borders of local Atlantic White cedar; a sign telling the story of this rare native plant and dedicating the area to the memory of Tammy Finch; and seating area created by local craftsmen, overlooking the site.

We would like to thank the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust for doing the work to establish this memorial in partnership with Unique Places to Save. Nature photographer Michael Halminski has compiled a wonderful gallery of photos of this rare native plant.

Read more about Springer’s Point Preserve HERE.