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

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 […]

Seminar: “River Cane – Our Native Bamboo” with Sandra Villasenor

"Cane Creek. Caney Fork. Cane Branch. It seems every... community has them — place names that ring with echoes of a formerly widespread plant that holds great ecological and cultural significance here. It’s river cane, an evergreen grass that once covered hundreds of thousands of acres along the waterways of the southeastern U.S., creating a […]

Event: Birds, Bees, Bucks, & Trees in Crossville

Birds, Bees, Bucks, & Trees is an outdoor experience provided by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District. Learn how you can create and restore healthy habitat benefiting pollinators, birds, and all wildlife. There will be presentations, over 40 educational booths, over 30 vendors, and food trucks at the Cumberland County Community Complex. Free […]

Field Trip: Ghost River SNA-Walker Tract, Fayette County

Description:  In 2022, the Walker Tract which contains the rare sand post oak community was added to the Ghost River State Natural Area. In September 2023, the West Tennessee Stewardship Ecologist led the first natural areas event to this rare community. This year the event is in July when most plants are flowering including hoary […]

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, hosted by Western Carolina University, is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and application of native plants in conservation, landscape design, horticulture, and environmental science education. The conference is held on the university's campus and has a long history of connecting conservation and design professionals, gardeners, educators, and students to […]

Field Trip: Balsam Mountain Loop Motor Tour, Swain Co., North Carolina

Description:  Cars will leave the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, travel the Blue Ridge Parkway to Heintooga Ridge Road. Pre-determined stops will occur in order to observe selected wildflower species, a lunch break will occur at the Balsam Mountain picnic area which has restroom facilities. Following lunch, those interested will continue down Balsam Mountain Road (a secondary […]

Field Trip: Ketona Glades, Bibb County, Alabama

Description:  We finish our exploration of the famous Ketona Glades of Bibb Co., Alabama with a visit to see the fall wildflowers.  During our trip last year, we were fortunate to catch some early-blooming Cahaba torch (Liatris oligocephala).  We should see more of this at the end of its bloom period.  In addition to the […]

Seminar: “Snakes in Your Garden” with Connie Deegan

Good native landscaping attracts all animals. Snakes are an amazingly important part of the ecosystem, and many people happily coexist with snakes on their property. Connie Deegan’s program will include a discussion on the physiology of snakes, the rarity of actual snake bites and what to do in the event of a rare mishap. Bio: […]

Field Trip: Big Hill Pond State Park Bioblitz, McNairy County

Description:  Join Cooper Breeden of the Southeastern Grasslands Institute for a BioBlitz of Big Hill Pond State Park.  There have been several interesting finds at Big Hill Pond in recent years and we are sure there are more to be found.  Bring your notepads, botanical keys, and Wildflowers of Tennessee book and help inventory the […]