Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Trinity!

But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; and the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will explain to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in whose hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind?   Job 12-7-10.

MB picOne of the easiest ways to get assurance of the Divine is to take a good look at the world around.  There is no better place to do that than Trinity Center through one of several programs on offer or with just a visit.  From Ducks to Turtles, we have more wildlife than you can shake a stick at—not that we recommend shaking a stick at any of it.on the way

First and foremost is our Sound to Sea Environmental Education Program.  Running during the standard school year, Sound to Sea is a non-profit educational service offered to public, private, and homeschooling school groups.  Hawkins the Red TailTrinity Center developed Sound to Sea to promote earth stewardship for upcoming generations.  The classes and hands-on activities are open to all grade levels and meet the NC Standard Course of Study.

With three different Sound to Sea programs to choose from, all use the habitats of a Barrier Island System as an outdoor classroom.  Being able to walk from Bogue Sound to the Atlantic Ocean in a matter of minutes and see the complex ecosystems they learn about in school has a tremendous impact on students.

Another option for the over 55 crowd is one of the marsh walkprograms offered in partnership with the Road Scholar program.  Road Scholar has been the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning and educational travel since 1975.  Its mission is to empower adults to explore places, people, cultures and ideas, and in doing so, to discover more about themselves.

beaufortTrinity Center has combined Road Scholar’s unwavering commitment to lifelong learning with our beautiful outdoor and indoor classrooms and a talented teaching staff comprised of area professors and professionals, as well as our own staff of gifted instructors.  Trinity provides programming covering a variety of subjects from the ecology and culture of the Outer Banks, to emerging technologies used to document and protect this fragile ecosystem. ponies

Offering programs to develop new or enhance existing skills in Digital Photography to capture North Carolina’s dynamic coast, to Birding in the Outer Bank’s coastal forests and island sanctuaries, to exploring the historic homes and gardens of some of North Carolina’s oldest communities, Road Scholar has something for anyone wanting to learn more about the beautiful coast of North Carolina.

Girl on Bench_Frank Leith Rd ScholarLastly, if you just want a place to feel close to nature without schedules or obligations, try one of Trinity Center’s retreats hosted at the Pelican House.  Spend your days communing with egretthe universe and being one with all the nature on offer along one of our many walking trails, by our pond, or on our quiet beach.  Take a pair of binoculars into the salt marsh or sit on the dock jutting far into Bogue Sound and revel in a glorious sunset.

We are a very special location with something for everyone.  But over all, it is the nature of Trinity to rest one’s soul.  So take time to take a walk on the wild side and come for a visit.  Join a program, bring a group, or come on your own…there are many ways to enjoy the unique nature of Trinity Center.

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What if You Don’t Want to Wait?

Did you know Trinity Center frequently hosts Groups Retreats that are open to the public?

Phrases we often hear from departing guests are “I love it here; I can’t wait until our retreat next year!” or “It was great but we didn’t have enough time to enjoy the property!”  But you really don’t have to wait until your particular group returns on an annual retreat or pine for missed free time.  Trinity Center hosts several new and recurring events that have open registration and welcome new participants.

Anytime you visit our blog, check the right side bar for advertisements of upcoming retreats open to the public, or visit our (ahem) “Upcoming Retreats Open to the Public” page.  These notices are our way of spreading the word that there may be new and unusual ways to visit one of your favorite places, or to make new friends while participating in a beloved activity.

Sometimes you have an opportunity to get in on something missed.  Occasionally a guest will catch a glimpse of an interesting activity and will tell us they “always wanted to attend a [fill in the blank] but didn’t know in time.”  Once in a while, Groups ask us to post vacancy notices after a registration window closes because one or more attendees have an unexpected change of plans.

Upcoming Retreats at Trinity Center:

March 27-30, 2015:  Painting by the Sea – Spring Artists’ Workshop with Jane Filer.  Work in the Studio or outside in Filer adthe sunshine.  Experience Individual Instruction and Painting Demonstration.   Have time for work and Fun!  Jane’s work has been included in numerous prestigious collections in international, corporate and private sectors.  She has been hosting workshops at Trinity Center since 2007.  Limited post registration vacancies available!

Amani AdApril 10-13, 2015:  Yoga at the Beach with Lisa Amani to be held at the Trinity Center.  This year’s retreat will include sessions in the beautiful oceanfront Morgan Beach House where one practices gentle yoga postures, breathing & meditation techniques in rhythm with the oceans waves and transform your body, mind, spirit, and your life.

web adMay 1-4, 2015:  Cathy Holt Yoga Spring Yoga Retreat.  Spending concentrated time in retreat, we cultivate consciousness and nonjudgmental awareness. It is a gift to Self, a chance for mental, physical, and spiritual rejuvenation. We will spend several hours a day in a morning and afternoon practice of yoga, pranyama and meditation and some evening activities a couple of the nights. There will always be a long break in the afternoon for you to explore the beautiful beach, the sound side, and pretty little trails.

May 3-10, 2015:  Resource Center for Woman & Ministry in the South – Writers’ Retreat.    Two or three times a year, we reserve a house at the beach and sponsor aOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA week of silence and writing for a group of about nine women.  Our writing retreats at the beach have been an enormous success, providing time for small groups of women to gather and includes days of quiet and writing, and evenings of readings and conversation.  These are not workshops but provide unstructured time for women to write.

May 15-17, 2015:  Loving Inward – A Retreat for Women with Coach Elizabeth Love.  loving inwardExperience a weekend of discovery, nurture &rejuvenation because You are worth loving well…boundaries… self-care… coming back home to You.  Reconnect with who you really are and begin living from your deepest truth.  Limited spaces available!

May 31-June 4, 2015:   Yoma Yoga 4th Annual Ocean Retreat at Trinity Center Pelican House.  Join Sharon Cournoyer, Certified Yoga Instructor, for an opportunity to remember,May 31 retreat surrender and open to what comes from exploring yoga, meditation, journaling & nature.  Only two spaces left!

June 25-28 and July 23-26, 2015:  Summer Interplay Untensive with Ginny Going and Tom Henderson.  Want an extended time of creative play in a community of people 2015 interplay adwho will affirm and applaud you? Then come down to the ocean for one of these multi-day experiences of InterPlay that includes time to relax, hang out and play in nature. Play, dance, tell stories, rest, walk on the beach, swim in the ocean and enjoy being part of a playful community. Life doesn’t have to be so hard!

blog side adJuly 17-19, 2015:  Dr. Z Yoga Retreat.  Join us for our 6th annual weekend of yoga and the beach!  All Inclusive price includes lodging, three meals per day, Happy Hours, twice daily Yoga instruction, and Saturday night Zumba® party! All levels of experience and both men and women are welcome!

Hoofing It To Trinity!

New Year’s Eve brings a break in the normal tranquility of Trinity Center.  A long standing tradition, the sounds of live music and dance beats, stomping feet, and shouts of glee ring through the maritime forest as one of our most energetic groups rings in the New Year.  Welcome to the 17th Annual Bogue Banks Boogie!  Boogie Set-up Crew 06-07

The “Boogie” is sponsored by the Triangle Country Dancers (TCD) which is a nonprofit organization that promotes the enjoyment, preservation, and study of contra dancing and other English and American traditional and historic dance, music, and song. TCD is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Contra dancing is a form of North American folk dance in which the dancers form two parallel lines that run the length of the hall. In its simplest form, it is danced by pairs of couples.  Eventually each couple dances with every other couple in the set. Normally, the caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect, and an opportunity to practice the figures.

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This year features the high-energy combination of The Ivory Boys and Bree Kalb.  The Ivory Boys feature almost all original music and non-traditional arrangements that’s all about the groove. Described as “rocking” and “funky” the trio includes pianist George Paul, David DiGiuseppe on accordion, and Jim Roberts on drums.  The band is influenced by Swing & Jazz and African, Cuban, and Rock rhythms.

Twenty year veteran Caller, Bree Kalb, thinks a great band makes BBB1her a better caller so is thrilled to be working with The Ivory Boys. She loves the challenge of creating a program that is varied, interesting, and delightful.

DANCE, DON’T DRIVE!

Dancing from the time they arrive December 31st through the next day, the dancers will waltz in 2015 while enjoying Trinity’s unique beach setting with great live music, home cooking, late night games, snacks, or moonlight walks and comfortable rooms–all without having to drive during the prime risky traffic holiday.

bbb2Many dancing couples make the New Year’s celebration into a mini-vacation to recuperate from the demands of the season and arrive early or leave a day or two later.

While you do not have to be a member of a dance club to attend, the “Boogie” is designed for those with some contra dancing experience, little or large.  Depending on space available, beginners are encouraged and dancing children are always delightfully welcomed.

If you want to waltz in the New Year at The Bogue Banks Boogie and Trinity Center, click on the link below for registration information.

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BIG SWEEP Saturday, October 18th

Come Sweep the Beach at Trinity!

During the month of October, communities of Carteret County are participating in the 28th Annual Big Sweep.  Although the kick-off statewide is the first weekend, we extend participation throughout the month.  Saturday, October 18th is the day Trinity Center and our Sound to Sea program contributes to the Pine Knoll Shores Big Sweep as part of our ongoing effort to keep our beloved beaches and waterways clean.

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If you love our beaches, please join us on the Beach at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Trinity Center will provide work gloves, trash bags and other tools.  You bring the sunscreen and water bottle.

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Volunteers will also log the amount and type of items collected, and how many animals suffered entanglements, to add to the statewide record tracking the types of trash ebb and flow over our waterways.

In 2013, 645 volunteers covered over 24 miles resulting in the removal of over 2500 pounds of trash from Carteret County waterways.

Some Big Sweep Tips for participation:

  • Take a hat or visor and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes. You will get dirty.
  • Take a snack and a drink along. You’ll probably get thirsty.
  • Bring some insect repellent and a pair of gloves.
  • Make sure your shoes are sturdy and have closed toes. Your shoes may get wet. Do not go barefoot.
  • Stay with a partner or group, and be sure that children are supervised by an adult.
  • Wear a life jacket if you’ll be in a boat. Do not wade into the water to gather debris if the current is fast. Never enter the water unless you know its depth and are wearing a life jacket. Be safe and careful.
  • Watch for snakes and spiders. Be careful of poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Watch out for steep, slippery, and unstable banks. If you are unsure of conditions, find a safer place or ask for assistance.
  • Do not touch medical waste, chemical containers, barrels, pesticides, or other dangerous items. Note their location and tell your site coordinator.
  • Do not touch any animals, dead or alive. Trapped or injured animals may bite, and they can carry disease. Alert your site coordinator.
  • Have a safe, fun time!

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Trinity Center’s Environmental Education Day Camp open for registration!

Summer Sound to Sea Day Camp:

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This summer, youth will explore the habitats on Trinity Center’s 62-acre property. They use dip nets in the sound and pond to find out more about the biology of the various creatures that creep, swim and crawl on the barrier island.  The campers then have the opportunity for a closer look, as we keep some of the marine organisms found in the sound in our on-site aquariums.

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The campers also have the chance to explore the maritime forest and learn about the animals that live among the cedars, live oaks and pines. In the afternoon, campers use items they have collected on the trails to create all kinds of art and music. And last, no beach camp would be complete without some time on the sand.  So each camp day finishes with water time either on the beach or at the pool, to reset and think about the day’s activities.

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Trinity Center’s Sound to Sea staff includes qualified teaching personnel with college degrees in related fields such as biology, chemistry, education, marine science and botany. 

Sound to Sea Day Camp is traditionally offered to campers in rising 1st – 6th grade and runs Monday – Friday from 9am to 4pm. Choose from four different themes and explore all of our barrier island habitats each week in a new exciting ways. Campers may join us for up to three weeks every summer.

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What’s new this year? Due to popular demand we have created a half day camp just for rising Kindergarten campers and offering an ALL STARS session for campers who are graduates of the Sound to Sea day camp. ALL STARS Program will run for campers who are in rising 7-9th grade. They will enjoy all of the things they remember about Summer Sound to Sea; however we will take the fun with science up a notch!

For more information please visit our website by clicking HERE or call Trinity Center direct at 1-888-874-6287 for dates and prices.