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Field Trip: SGI, APSU Herbarium & Prairie Project, Montgomery County

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Description: This is a joint outing with Wild Ones Middle Tennessee Chapter. Get an inside/outside look at the Southeastern Grasslands Institute on a tour of SGI headquarters at Austin Peay State University, including their “Seeds of Success” native seed collection initiative, a tour of the largest collections in a Mid-South herbarium, and a stroll through the Native Plant Teaching and Research garden. Then, we’ll drive as a caravan to see an SGI restoration site: 50+ acres of Pennyroyal Plain Prairie at a nearby data center. Mid-June should be peak bloom!

Participants who need to leave after the campus leg may do so, but all are welcome to join us at the prairie and then leave from there. See directions below.

Main leader will be SGI’s volunteer leader Laura Hunt. Also Marcello De Vitis, Director of the native seed program; Jared Gorrell, herbarium manager; and Cooper Breedon, Plant Conservation Manager.

Meeting Places/Times:  SGI headquarters at 311 College Street (the lower level of 317 College Street, Clarksville, TN 37040). Park in adjacent lot #23 (marked on APSU campus map). Lot #23 is at 36.53112095262177, -87.35837287384302. 

Next, we will drive to Lot #43 next to the Herbarium and gardens  36.533020, -87.351924.  (#23 from #43 is easy – College St > Eighth St > Jackson Alley > Henry Ave. = left, left, left, left.) Campus Map

Optional last leg of tour is a caravan to the prairie, about a 15-20 minute drive from campus: located near Boolean Drive and Guthrie Highway. We will share coordinates that day (it is on private property).

Difficulty: Easy, but at the prairie we are advised to wear skin-protective garments and closed-toe shoes for walking through “the millions of forbs in bloom. The thin to sparsely dense grasses and wildflowers are waist-to-shoulder high in June.”

Facilities: Restrooms are available at all locations

Leaders:  Joanna Brichetto and Richard Hitt. RSVP online to Wild Ones Middle TN Chapter at:


June 18
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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