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Thursday, December 4, 2014

10 Reasons to Become a TLC Member

As the year draws to a close, we at TLC would like to share our appreciation for our Members, who provide vital support for every aspect of our work. Just like there are countless reasons to love Southern Chester County, there are also countless reasons to become a TLC member or to purchase a membership for a friend or family member. Here are just ten:

The white oak at Stateline Woods Preserve
1. Our nature preserves are free and open to the public, year-round, 7 days a week.
We believe everyone should have access to meaningful interaction with the outdoors. We love to see people hiking, jogging, riding, walking with their dogs, or simply enjoying nature on our 200+ acres of public preserves. Do you enjoy TLC’s nature preserves and trails? Become a member to support the maintenance of the land you love! Memberships—not government funds—are what enable us to keep the preserves open.

2. We speak for the land
TLC provides a voice for your local land, natural resources, and history, protecting the irreplaceable in Southern Chester County for generations to come. We conserve land in perpetuity, so that your grandchildren, their grandchildren, and beyond, will enjoy the many quality of life benefits of open space.

The Isle of Skye during TLC's 2012 Scotland Trip
3. TLC makes a fabulous travel companion
In 2012, we launched our TLC Travels program with a conservation partnership excursion to Aigas Field Centre in the Scottish Highlands. Travelers explored an amazing array of native flora and fauna, experienced centuries-old historic sites, and learned about Aigas’ pioneering conservation projects. Members are invited to join TLC Travels the Scottish Highlands 2015, a trip that’s not to be missed!

4. We love your dogs
At TLC’s nature preserves, dogs are allowed off-leash as long as they are under your control. Our Stateline Woods Preserve even provides doggy composters as an eco-friendly way to dispose of pet waste. Your pup can show his TLC pride with our Canine Pals Membership—you’ll get all the perks of an individual membership, and we’ll send a dog tag with the TLC logo. Next time you two are out walking on the preserves, everyone will know you’ve contributed to keeping the land beautiful.

5. We love your horses
We know better than anyone that one of the best ways to view Southern Chester County is from on a horse! Our preserves allow ride-in access, and many of our trails are equine-friendly. This year, your horse or pony can become an honorary TLC member with our Equine Pals Membership! This also makes a thoughtful in-memoriam gift for a beloved equine companion. Your equine friend will receive a halter/bridle tag with the TLC logo.

Wildlife in Winter
6. You'll receive discounts and priority registration to all of our educational events
Our educational series never hibernates for the winter. Members receive reduced admission to all of our programs, including the upcoming Evergreen Exploration, Owl Prowl, Winter Solstice, Wildlife in Winter, Living History Hikes, Sky Tour, and the list goes on. Memberships also help us to develop new programs each year.

7. You’ll have access to our state-of-the-art bird watching setup
Our bird blind is the perfect spot to watch wildlife of all kinds at our Marshall Bridge Preserve. TLC members have the exclusive opportunity to rent the bird blind, as well as our high-quality spotting scope, for a day of bird watching.

8. We'll help you tailor a hike, program, or day on the preserves just for you and your group
Everyone wants to explore the land differently, and TLC members will have the opportunity to design an excursion or program out on the preserves, led by our knowledgeable staff, custom-made for your specific interests. The possibilities are endless!

9. Members receive great discounts at local businesses
TLC members receive a 10% discount at many local shops and businesses, including Trail Creek Outfitters, Dansko’s Jennersville outlet, Flickerwood Wine Cellars, Buds to Blooms Garden & Supply Co., Transcend Wellness and Yoga, and more!

10. You'll help us keep Southern Chester County history alive
Conservation is about more than land. At TLC, we protect the integrity of place, which includes historic structures and sites. Memberships help us to preserve places like the 100-year-old Chandler Mill Bridge, and the Bucktoe Cemetery, an important part of Kennett Square’s history as a hub for the Underground Railroad.


This holiday season, show your support for TLC’s conservation efforts, educational programs, exciting events, and protection of the land and resources you love. Become a member today!

**From now until December 31st, 2014, new members will be entered into our Harvest Member Madness drawing to win a special delivery from TLC Business Member Logical Living Fresh Express. Logical Living delivers local foods from some of the best farms in the area. The winner will be able to pick anything from their menu, up to $50, to be delivered straight to their door! Click here for more info.**

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