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June 2020

Couchville Coneflowers at Sunset

June 20 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Couchville Cedar Glade, Tyler Sykes Trail
Hermitage, TN 37076 United States
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Talinum calicaricum

The Tennessee Coneflower was the first federally listed plant species in Tennessee to be removed from the Endangered Species List. The population at this State Natural Area is one of the reasons that goal was achieved. We will see a lot of them and other glade and barrens species as we watch the sun get lower in the sky on one of the longest days of the year. Some of the views along the trail can be spectacular so bring…

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July 2020

Thomas Divide to Kanati Fork

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
867RJHF+8P, US 441 at state line + Google Map
Calopogon tuberosus

We will hike Thomas Divide trail and then go down the mountain on the Kanati Fork Trail. We will see a variety of plants and look for some rare plants. This will be about 5 miles with about 3 miles downhill. Leaders: Allen and Susan Sweetser Phone/email: ssretiree@yahoo.com 865-938-7627 Meet: Newfound Gap at 10am Eastern. Car shuttle is required. Bring: Lunch, water and bug spray. Facilities: at Newfound Gap.

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August 2020

A Morning in the Barrens at Flat Rock

August 29 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
VP53+9R, Factory Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
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Helianthus eggertii

Numerous composites will be flowering at this time of year and some of them are rare or uncommon. Grasses will also be putting on a show as we wind our way through the barrens before the worst of the heat arrives in the middle of the day. Globally rare plants can be found on this natural area and we will see a few and discuss the ongoing management that benefits them. Bring your insect repellent as we will occasionally leave…

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October 2020

Late Fall at Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Carroll Cabin Barrens SNA, FW8W+XG
Bath Springs, TN 38311 United States
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Symphyotrichum pratense

Since we were thwarted by severe storms last year, we will make another attempt at this trip. One of West Tennessee’s botanical jewels, Carroll Cabin Barrens State Natural Area harbors one of just two state populations of Great Plains ladies’-tresses (Spiranthes magnicamporum). These orchids are the latest-blooming of all our native orchids and occur in widely scattered prairie relicts in the South that are disjunct from the main populations found in the upper Midwest. If we are lucky (and there…

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