The Leopold Society

Building the Next Generation of Conservationists

Three Rivers Land Trust developed The Leopold Society in response to the increasing alienation of today’s children from nature. The omnipresent “screen culture” that dominates the daily lives of children and teens, from the time they wake up until they go to bed at night, has led to a disconnect with the outdoor world. 

To bridge this gap between youth and the natural world, Three Rivers Land Trust facilitates hands-on activities and projects for 6th-12th graders that are designed to teach conservation techniques, wildlife stewardship, and outdoor skills that they would otherwise miss out on. On a broader scale, our goal is to instill in participants a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors and a sense of social responsibility in conservation issues. Essentially, we aim to develop the next generation of conservationists.

Leopold Society Nature Bingo!

We’ve created two scavenger hunts, one for the Piedmont and one for the Sandhills! Print the cards and circle the things you find – when you get four in a row you can post your completed scorecard on social media with the hashtag #ExploreWithTRLT and we'll give you a...

Three Rivers Land Trust hosts nature hike for Creek Week

Creek Week is a week-long celebration of local waters throughout North Carolina. The Second Annual Rowan Creek Week took place on August 22-29, 2020.  In conjunction with multiple environmental organizations and local municipal departments, Creek Week offers...

Land Trust Partners with Boy Scouts to Plant Trees on Conserved Property

For Immediate Release February 26, 2020 Three Rivers Land Trust’s Leopold Society hosted a tree planting for the boy scouts of Troop 442, based out of Salisbury, on Saturday, February 22nd. Twenty scouts, accompanied by scoutmasters and chaperones, gathered at a...

Garinger High School Attends Conservation Day

On October 24th, Three Rivers Land Trust partnered with Garinger High School’s Outdoor Club through the Land Trust’s Leopold Society to host a “Conservation Day” on a conserved property. The students, led by Aaron Silverman, history teacher at Garinger High School and...

Three Rivers Land Trust Awards Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center with Grant

On October 29th, Three Rivers Land Trust presented the Horticulture class at Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center with a $500 grant toward improving their greenhouse and aquaponics system. This grant was made possible through a partnership with Three Rivers Land...



Three Rivers works with schools across our region to enroll students into the Leopold Society. Each school has the opportunity to participate in a hands-on conservation project during the school year, facilitated by Three Rivers Land Trust.


Previous projects include:


  • restoring a longleaf pine forest in Montgomery county
  • planting hardwood trees along the Yadkin river to serve as a riparian buffer zone
  • creating pollinator gardens around schools
  • improving existing greenhouse/aquaponic systems at schools


Leopold Society memberships are $15 for youth participants. Grant opportunities are available to offset these costs and to fund conservation projects.


If you are interested in joining The Leopold Society or getting your child’s school involved, please contact Steely Russell at or 704-647-0302.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting The Leopold Society and the next generation of conservationists!


Fred and Alice Stanback 


Bill and Nancy Stanback 


Peter Hairston


Rotary Club of the Sandhills



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.8  * Join us October 9th at 9:30am as we paddle Tuckertown Reservoir. 

Three Rivers Land Trust  In September 2019, Phase I of the Alcoa Lands Project was completed. Phase I conserved 2,463 acres and 45 miles of shoreline along High Rock Lake. Now with the closure of Phase II Tuckertown, this project has conserved over 4,800 acres and 76 miles of shoreline along the Yadkin-Pee Dee.  Tuckertown Reservoir, an impoundment of the Yadkin River, is known for its recreational opportunities and as a vital water resource for North Carolinians. 

To celebrate this momentous achievement, the TRLT Paddle Club is hosting our next group paddle event in Tuckertown Reservoir on October 9th, 2021 at 9:30am. We launch from the Bringles Ferry Boating Access Area (3301 Bringle Ferry Road)  and Paddle to the Flat Creek Access (450 Wildlife Access Road). This paddle is 3.8 miles and will take the group about two and a half hours to complete.   

We encourage paddlers to organize their own shuttles. Limited shuttles will be available, but must be prearranged. Please contact

Have your own Equipment? Already a TRLT Paddle Club Member? Then register below and join us at no cost! We look forward to paddling with you!

Row Co River Adventures will be providing kayak rentals for this event:

Single Kayak Rentals $35

Double Kayak Rentals $50

*All Rentals Include Paddle and PFD*

All Proceeds will be donated to Three Rivers Land Trust and each rental includes a TRLT membership! To book a rental please contact Row Co Directly at

For more information or if you have questions, please email Nicky at Hope to see you there!

Length of paddle: ~4 miles

Difficulty level: Easy