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Field Trip: UTK Herbarium Tour, Knox County

Description:  Remember the field trips you took in elementary school?  Well, you can relive the experience as we venture into the great indoors to tour the UTK Herbarium.  Herbarium staff will lead us through the herbarium which is the largest in Tennessee with a little over 649,000 vascular and non-vascular plants, fungi, lichens, and macroalgae. […]

Seminar: “Cicadas Return” with Steve Murphree

"Multitudes of them have been 'out of sight, out of mind' for 13 years, feeding on tree root sap beneath our yards and forests. A late spring surprise awaits those who are too young to remember when they emerged in 2011 or have moved to Tennessee from western states... An anything but subtle addition to […]

Field Trip: Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Shelby County

Description:  We will hike the three-mile Woodland Trail.  The spring ephemerals should be starting to put on quite a show. This hike may be strenuous for some. Please assess your own fitness level before signing in for safety and consideration of other program participants.  This trip is in conjunction with the Division of Natural Areas.  […]

Field Trip: Tennessee Trillium Preserve, Hawkins County

Description:  Join the East Tennessee stewardship ecologist for a State Natural Areas Week celebration of rare species with a trip and picnic to the newly acquired Tennessee Trillium Preserve.  The Tennessee trillium is a recently described species and known to occur only at this and possibly 2 other locations.  The trillium population is at the […]

Field Trip: Frozen Head State Park, Morgan County

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. This will be a switch from last year. We will start from Panther Branch Trailhead. The first 0.55 miles is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. For […]

Field Trip: Rock Island State Park, Warren and White Counties

Description:  Rock Island State Park is located in the Eastern Highland Rim on the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee. The town of Rock Island was a thriving community in pioneer days and a major stop on the Kentucky to Alabama road. The Great Falls Cotton Mill operated there from 1892 to 1902 and the […]

Seminar: “Symbiotic Schoolyard” with Janneke Peterson

A project-based & highly engaging curriculum, Symbiotic Schoolyard guides students as they "take on the role of restoration ecologists to figure out how to increase the biodiversity of their own schoolyard. Through hands-on lessons they figure out that planting native plants restores a complex food web." Bio: As a middle school science teacher, I wanted […]

Field Trip: Head of Sequatchie, Cumberland County

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. We will do an out and back hike up a mountain on a new section of the Cumberland Trail. This is a good hike for spring wildflowers. We will start at the new headquarters for the Cumberland Trail. Meeting Places/Times:  1. Shell Station on the […]

Field Trip: Stillhouse Hollow SNA, Maury County

Description:  We will visit the newest addition to the natural area, where a second, smaller waterfall occurs and there are different plants located here compared to the original parcel of the natural area.  Of course we won’t ignore the first part, but we will need to move fairly quickly through it to get to the […]

Field Trip: Oak Ridge Greenway, Anderson County

Description: This is sponsored by TNPS and TCWP. We will see late spring wildflowers and do some tree and shrub identification along the paved greenway. Meeting Place/Time:  At the end of Old Edgemore Rd. in Haw Ridge Park (36.01034, -84.16753) at 9:00 AM Eastern. Difficulty: This should work for those with limited walking ability. Wheelchairs […]