Native Plant Symposium
The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is pleased to announce their seventh annual symposium, "Plant Natives 2018! What's the Buzz?" on Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Saturday's program includes "The Pollination of Native Plants" by keynote speaker Heather Holm, "Bee City USA & Bee Campus USA: Celebrating Plant-Pollinator Collaboration" by Phyllis Stiles, and "A Botanical Version of Peyton Place: Sex in the Garden" by Carol Reese. The Marketplace & Expo featuring native plants, artworks, and exhibits by local organizations will be open throughout the symposium.
Additionally, two seminars will be conducted on Friday, March 16. Phyllis Stiles will present "Why and How America's Cities are Becoming PC (Pollinator Conscious)" and Heather Holm will present "Designing & Managing Landscapes for Native Bees."
Nurseries will have native plants and artists will have artwork for sale. You may also browse the various Symposium topics-related exhibits by local organizations. Ample time is provided at midday and at the end of the day to visit exhibits and vendors. We hope that you will be inspired to create your own natural landscape and take home a door prize. Lunch is included.
Certificate in Native Plants
The Certificate in Native Plants program is presented by the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, in partnership with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. Students can take one class to expand their knowledge base or complete the entire curriculum!
Completion of the Certificate in Native Plants will provide students with knowledge and skills that can be applied at home, in the community, and at work. The course setting will provide a common ground for native plant enthusiasts to meet and connect with others who share their interests. People who work with organizations or businesses that conserve or establish native plants might benefit from including the certificate on their resumes. For more information on the Certification of Native Plants program, please visit our website.
Tennessee Naturalist Program
The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course offered at numerous locations across Tennessee, and designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
The purpose of the TNP is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee's natural resources.
To become a Tennessee Naturalist, a person must complete a minimum of 40 hours instruction through one of the TNP training courses and perform a minimum of 40 hours volunteer service. Program costs may vary slightly by chapter but include all classes, study guides, course handouts, and some field guides.