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April 2019

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 24 - April 27
Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Trillium undulatum

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks to explore the region's rich natural and cultural resources. Programs included fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, and more. Directions and Details: www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

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May 2019

Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

May 3 - May 4
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 238 Cedar Forest Rd
Lebanon, TN 37090 United States
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Talinum calicaricum

Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Festival is an annual event held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park at the Cedar Forest Lodge (from the main entrance take the fork in the road to the right to the first building on the right). Lectures, hikes, roundtable discussions and more. Details and Directions: www.mtsu.edu/glade-center Where: Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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Spring Wildflower Hike at Stillhouse Hollow Falls

May 4
Stillhouse Hollow Falls SNA, FP7J+2V
Mount Pleasant, TN 38474 United States
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Pediomelum subacaule

This will be a joint hike with Swan Conservation Trust. In 2017, the state added approximately 110 acres to the 90-acre Stillhouse Hollow Falls State Natural Area. We plan to hike the 2/3 mile trail to the falls where we will have lunch. After exploring the area around the falls, we will then explore the new property. Since there are no trails on the new property be prepared to walk on uneven ground. Boots are highly recommended. We will explore…

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North Ridge Trail (Walker Lane area) TNPS/TCWP (Oak Ridge)

May 5
Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W Outer Dr
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States
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Trillium vaseyi

This is a joint TNPS and TCWP outing. We will walk down the backside of Black Oak Ridge to a superb spring wildflower area along a lovely spring fed stream. Flowers to be seen depending on the spring season timing include celandine poppy, native pachysandra, Vasey’s trillium and many more. The trail is rough and steep in places. We can help each other in these spots. The distance is about 2 miles round trip. NOTE: This trip is scheduled for…

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Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River TNPS/TCWP

May 11
Exxon, 22620 Rhea County Hwy
Spring City, TN 37381 United States
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Corydalis flavula

We will caravan from the Exxon to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle leaving some cars there. We will then carpool to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead. From there we hike back to the Piney River Trailhead. This section of the Cumberland Trail was completed in fall 2018. What spring flowers we will see is hard to predict. The route is definitely scenic. Total walking distance will be about 6 miles. The trail is up and down…

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TNPS Board Meeting

May 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Technology Engagement Center, 307 S Baird Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37130 United States
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Trillium vaseyi

The TNPS Board meeting is from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Technology Engagement Center of Hobgood Elementary School in Murfreesboro.

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June 2019

Chickasaw State Park

June 1
Chickasaw State Park, 96VH+72
Henderson, TN 38340 United States
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Passiflora incarnata

We will hike the Friends and Forked Pine Trail which will give us an opportunity to botanize upland oak/hickory/pine communities in southwestern Tennessee. We will have an opportunity to see Green adder’s mouth orchid (Malaxis unifolia) – although not rare, it is uncommon in west TN. We will also survey warm season grasslands along Highway 100 where we will find several conservative grassland species in flower. Directions: Chickasaw State Park is located off Highway 100 in Chester County, TN, approximately…

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Arnold AFB (AEDC) and May Prairie SNA

June 1
AEDC, 82 Expressway Dr
Manchester, TN 37355 United States
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Calopogon tuberosus

This is a joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones and TNPS. For those that missed the 2016 trip, this is your opportunity to again see orchids and other rare plants. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provides some of the best examples of TN rare plants that also occur in the Gulf Coastal Plain and the prairies of the Midwest. As a result, Coffee County is one of only three counties in Tennessee with 50 or more…

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July 2019

2019 TNPS Conference

July 12 - July 14
Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Hwy 21 East
Tiptonville, TN 38079 United States
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Echinodorus cordifolius

Our 2019 annual conference and meeting will be held at Ellington Hall in Reelfoot Lake State Park on July 12-14. Speakers include Rita Venable (butterflies and pollinators) on Friday evening and Dr. Tom Blanchard from UT-Martin (UTM Reelfoot Lake Research Station) on Saturday evening. We likely will have two field trips in the morning on Saturday and the same two field trips in the afternoon so no one will miss out. Then, for an extra $10 each, we will have…

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May Prairie State Natural Area

July 20
May Prairie State Natural Area, 82 Expressway Dr
Manchester, TN 37355 United States
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Helianthus eggertii

This is another joint hike with the new Middle Tennessee Wild Ones group and TNPS. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provide examples of TN rare plants that are disjunct from the Gulf Coastal Plain and the prairies of the Midwest. The primary goal of this outing is to see Snowy Orchid (Platanthera nivea) in flower. This is the only location known in Tennessee for this Coastal Plain species. Usually flowering with it is the equally rare Coastal False Asphodel…

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