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May 2022

Field Trip: Elza Gate Paved Greenway

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. We will emphasize tree and shrub identification along the greenway. Meeting Place/Time: Elza Gate (Oak Ridge City Park) on the Oak Ridge Turnpike near River Road at 9 AM eastern. Difficulty: This should work for those with limited walking ability. Wheelchairs are a possibility. We will walk or roll on a flattish paved trail. Total out and back distance is perhaps 1.5 miles. As usual attendees can turn back when…

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July 2022

Field Trip: Indian Gap to Newfound Gap, GSMNP

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This will involve a car shuttle.  May be cancelled due to Covid.  Bring masks. We will see high elevation plants along the Appalachian trail. Meeting Place/Time: Newfound Gap, 10:00 AM Eastern. Difficulty: Moderate hike of 2 miles. Lunch: Bring lunch, water, and bug spray. Facilities: at meeting place Leader:  Allen and Susan Sweetser, Phone: 875 938 7627, Email: ssretiree@yahoo.com

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August 2022

Seminar: Ann Willyard, Scientific Names

August 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This talk will give you some great reasons not to ONLY use common names for plants, and then explain in simple terms how to understand and use their scientific names. We will discuss plant names from a user’s perspective – much like how most of us want to learn how to drive but only specialists need to learn how to design and build an automobile. It will be based on a book by the same name that was self-published on…

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September 2022

Field Trip: Van Buren County Powerline

September 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. This is a new powerline for our fall wildflower outing. It will require a bit more driving. Hopefully some of the bog orchids will still be in bloom but mostly we will be seeing goldenrods and asters. We will be able to mix driving and walking. This will be handy if it is a hot day. Meeting Places: Shell Station on the south side of the Peavine exit in Crossville…

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Field Trip: Walker Branch State Natural Area

September 3 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Description:  We will walk through a field of ironweed, asters, goldenrods, and other colorful plants. We will discuss plants and the insects that visit them. This field is home for the uncommon Dion Skipper and Southeastern Plains Bumblebee. The walk is considered easy and kid friendly. Meeting Place/Time: We will meet in the parking lot for AutoZone Auto Parts at 235 Water St. Suite A, Savannah, TN 38372; coordinates of the meeting site are 35.221984, -88.246275.  Meet at 9:30 am…

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Field Trip: Oak Ridge Cedar Barrens and Worthington Cemetery TVA Ecological Study Area

September 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for Wild Ones, TNPS and TCWP. The Oak Ridge Barrens is a small property that supports at least three Tennessee rare plant species: prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides), naked-stem sunflower (Helianthus occidentalis), and Torrey’s mountain mint (Pycnanthemum torreyi). Torrey’s mountain mint is not only rare in Tennessee but considered globally imperiled by NatureServe. Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) has managed the Barrens for 26 years. Volunteer workdays continue to control exotic and native woody,…

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Field Trip: Roadside Botanizing in Northern Decatur County

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:  We will explore the roadsides of northern Decatur County and the wildflowers along the way.  Liatris and goldenrods will be numerous, and we will be on the lookout for barbed rattlesnake-root (Nabalus barbatus), a rare plant in Tennessee. Meeting Place/Time:  Love’s Truckstop off Exit 126, I-40. 10:00 am Central Difficulty:  Easy to moderate Lunch:  Bring Facilities:  At meeting place. Leader:  Bart Jones,  Phone: 901-485-2745  Email: bjones7777@hotmail.com

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