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April 2021

Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for the 53rd Frozen Head Wildflower Pilgrimage with TNPS and TCWP. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. The first mile is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. It is a loop with quick return to the parking area (Interpretive Trail). For those continuing the next 2 miles are steeper and rougher but still moderate (Judge Branch and S. Old Mac Trails). Meeting…

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Seminar: Dr Larry Pounds, Plants of the Cumberland Trail

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Larry Pounds Dr. Larry Pounds earned his doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Tennessee. Since then he has been fortunate enough to make a living mostly “hiking around” looking for rare plants. He has worked as a botanical consultant for several organizations, currently TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He serves on the boards of the Tennessee Native Plant Society, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Cumberland Trails Conference. He often leads wildflower walks for the public.…

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Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sanguinaria canadensis

Description: 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 the 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…

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Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

April 30 - May 1
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 238 Cedar Forest Rd
Lebanon, TN 37090 United States
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Fringeleaf wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Description:  The largest event celebrating the unique cedar glade habitat of Middle Tennessee.  Lots of activities including hikes led by TNPS members Todd Crabtree, Milo Pyne, and Darel Hess.  Check out the website at www.mtsu.edu/glade-center/ for more information. Where: Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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May 2021

Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Corydalis flavula

Description:  We will explore the Chestnut Mountain and Polly Branch Trails where we hope to see large stands of pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) and mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), and if we’re lucky, we might be able to catch the end of the bloom season for other spring ephemerals such as dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolium). A few woody perennials may be in bloom, too, including Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) and nine-bark (Physocarpus opulifolius) Directions/Meeting Place: In De Rossett 8 or…

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TNPS Board Meeting

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
logo Tennessee Native Plant Society

Our second Board meeting of the year will be held online via Zoom at 6:00 pm Central Time (7:00 pm Eastern Time). Karen will email the meeting link to Board members. All TNPS members may attend, but must contact Karen via info@tnps.org for the link.

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Seminar: Milo Pyne, Native Plants of the Cedar Glades

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Milo Pyne Milo Pyne serves as NatureServe’s Senior Regional Ecologist at the Durham, North Carolina office. He is well-versed in the flora and vegetation of this region, and has worked with NatureServe, its member programs, and The Nature Conservancy for over 20 years on vegetation, Ecological Systems classification, and mapping issues in the southeastern United States. Milo’s geographic area of focus is the coastal plains, piedmont, and interior low plateaus of the southeastern United States. He was one of the…

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AEDC & May Prairie

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Calopogon tuberosus

Description: For those that missed the 2019 trip, this is your opportunity to again see orchids and other rare plants. The “Oak Barrens” of Coffee County provide 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 rare plant species. We will visit the AEDC first to see native orchids:…

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June 2021

Seminar: Cooper Breeden, Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance

June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cooper Breeden Cooper Breeden is the Conservation Coordinator of the Tennessee Plant Conservation Alliance, a initiative that connects university programs, botanical gardens, government agencies, land managers, environmental consultants, and botanical experts to facilitate the conservation of rare plants across the state. Cooper is also Conservation Coordinator of the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative. Both positions are through Austin Peay State University. Seminar The Tennessee Native Plant Society is hosting monthly Native Plant Seminars during 2021. These seminars are held via Zoom on…

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July 2021

Thomas Divide to Kanati Fork

July 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
867RJHF+8P, US 441 at state line + Google Map
Helianthus eggertii

Description: 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 species. This will be about 5 miles with about 3 miles downhill. Car shuttle required. Meeting Place: Newfound Gap at 10 am Eastern Difficulty: Moderate, but at elevation. Lunch: Bring along water and bug spray. Facilities: at Newfound Gap. Leaders: Allen and Susan Sweetser Email/Phone: ssretiree@yahoo.com , 865-938-7627

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