Our interpretive hikes are designed to be an active presentation of the history, wildlife, plantlife, geology, and other details that combine to create an RTP site or property’s specific identity. The Research and Teaching Preserve, through our interpretive hike series, strives to provide participants a unique opportunity to explore, interact, and learn about our various properties that are not open to public access. Hikes are typically 2 hours in length and are held at most of our properties throughout the year.
Interpretive hikes are held during the Fall (August-November), Spring (March-May) and Summer (May-July), weather permitting. All hikes are free to the public, and are typically family and kid-friendly, depending on the difficulty/length of the trail. Space is usually limited to about 10 people per hike. Please contact our staff at if you would like to arrange a hike for your group or event, or would like to learn more details about a specific hike listed in news & events!