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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MAPLE VIEW SUMMIT TRAIL

As part of Unique Places To Save’s ownership of The Honeysuckle and the 225-acre farm and gardens we co-own and manage, we are excited to announce our plans to build a hiking trail from Maple View Farm to The Honeysuckle Farm & Gardens (formerly known as Keith Arboretum). Once the Maple View Summit Trail is completed, avid hikers will be able to enjoy a visit to The Honeysuckle Farm & Gardens where they can browse the Keith Collection of botanical wonders before setting off through Pickards Mountain Forest on their way to a truly pleasurable reward of fresh made ice cream at trail’s end at the Maple View Ice Cream.


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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.


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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.

 

PAST SUCCESSES


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BOILING SPRINGS WILDERNESS

In late 2018, Unique Places To Save accepted a land donation of over 400-acres of globally-ranked natural heritage and wildlife habitat areas within the Boiling Springs Wilderness (“BSW”) area in Brunswick County,


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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.


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BOX CREEK WILDERNESS

Unique Places To Save conducted an outreach and education campaign in coordination with our valued partner, Unique Places LLC, to help educate the public about the re-routing of a high-voltage power line that was proposed by Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation to run through the 7,000 acre Box Creek Wilderness Natural Heritage area in western North Carolina.