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Field Trip: Elza Gate Paved Greenway

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 […]

Seminar: CoreyPine Shane, Southeast Medicinal Plants

CoreyPine Shane, RH (AHG), Holistic Clinical Herbalist, is the Director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, North Carolina, which he founded in 1999. He is the primary teacher and coordinates the curriculum. He has been helping clients since the early 1990’s by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a […]

Field Trip: Indian Gap to Newfound Gap, GSMNP

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 Sweetser and Larry Pounds, […]

Seminar: Paula Gross, Best Tree for Your Garden

Paula Gross has spent her career connecting plants and people through education. As the former Associate Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens she taught university courses on botany and plant identification, lead the creation of children’s and adult public education programs, and couldn’t keep her hands out of just about […]

Seminar: Ann Willyard, Scientific Names

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 […]

Field Trip: Van Buren County Powerline

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 […]

Field Trip: Walker Branch State Natural Area

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 […]

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

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 […]

Field Trip: Roadside Botanizing in Northern Decatur County

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:  […]

Seminar: Steve Murphree, Insect Pollinators

Steve Murphree is a Professor of Biology at Belmont University who specializes in Entomology and Ecology Research. He is a frequent contributor of articles about arthropods to the Tennessee Conservationist and has been interviewed about insects by local print, radio and television media. Since coming to Belmont, he has visited many classrooms in middle Tennessee […]