You Can Help Expand Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve

Did you know the North Carolina Botanical Garden stewards over 1,100 acres of garden and conservation areas? Some of these are well known, like our display gardens, Coker Arboretum, and Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Others are smaller conservation easements and preserves in the Chapel Hill area that ensure our region’s biodiversity will be protected long into the future.

We are seeking to expand one such preserve, Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve, with the purchase of an adjacent 24.7 acre property in southern Chapel Hill. The site has incredible natural value and biological diversity importance. With the purchase of this property, we will protect, manage, and provide public access for hiking trails, nature study, and the quiet enjoyment of the natural world. (Note: The existing Stillhouse Bottom site is accessible by guided tour only due to site sensitivity and steep slopes – the original part of the site will remain without trails.)

We have applied for a grant through the North Carolina Land & Water Fund to help make this purchase possible. All gifts and pledges serve as an important community match, which gives our application a higher overall score and greater opportunity for approval.

You can help raise funds to purchase and manage this land. Your gift will add to the Town of Chapel Hill’s commitment to provide a $100,000 grant towards the $700,000 purchase price, as well as show the community’s backing to conserve this forest. Join the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, local neighbors, and conservation supporters to expand Stillhouse Bottom Nature Preserve to conserve and protect biodiversity.

How You Can Contribute

Make a gift online

Mail a check

  • Make a check out to the North Carolina Botanical Foundation, Inc.
  • Include “525271: Stillhouse Bottom Natural Area” in the memo line.
  • Mail your check to:

North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Stephen Keith, Director of Development
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3375; Allen Education Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

Map showing Garden and NCBG Foundation properties in the Chapel Hill area.