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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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Seminar: Milo Pyne, Native Plants of the Cedar Glades

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

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 co-authors of…

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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 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. The Tennessee Native Plant Society is hosting monthly Native Plant Seminars during 2021. These seminars are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday…

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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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August 2021

Seminar: Bart Jones, Pollination Strategies of Native Orchids

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Bart Jones is Past President of TNPS. His indoor job is as an infectious disease scientist at St. Jude, but he spends every spare moment outside researching native plants and butterflies. He says no rock, wildflower or butterfly is safe from his curiosity. Bart also claims familiarity with the 50 species of orchids native to Tennessee and has been studying their pollination strategies. The Tennessee Native Plant Society is hosting monthly Native Plant Seminars during 2021. These seminars are held…

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September 2021

Seminar: Pandy Upchurch, Edible Natives

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Andrea (Pandy) Upchurch has been an interpretive naturalist for 35 years at such places as the Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area and the Warner Parks Nature Center. In 2003, she worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Education at Middle Tennessee State University. She was the Middle Tennessee Wildlife Diversity Coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for 7 years and a planner for the State Wildlife Action Plan for…

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The Grasslands of Dry Branch

September 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ratibida pinnata

Description: We will travel from the 412 Market to the natural area. Here we will explore the upland grasslands. These grasslands add diversity to the plant and animal richness of the natural area. Leaders will identify plants and animals, collect seed (for conservation initiatives) and discuss the importance of grasslands. We will contribute important data to the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative by adding plant and animal records to iNaturalist. All data will be used to understand the region’s grasslands and provide…

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October 2021

Big Cypress Tree State Park Mycology Safari

October 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Description:  This trip will focus on all the other things that grow out of the ground (and even from plants).  We should encounter numerous species of mushrooms, fungi, lichens, and slime molds that are all weird and wonderful.  And we won’t ignore the plants, particularly red turtlehead (Chelone obliqua). Directions/Meeting Place:  Take US Hwy. 45E north through Greenfield. Turn left onto TN Hwy. 445 (Kimmery Store Rd.). Turn right onto Big Cypress Rd. and follow to the playground/picnic area where…

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November 2021

Seminar: Margie Hunter, Invasive Plants of Tennessee

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Tennessee Native Plant Society is hosting monthly Native Plant Seminars during 2021. These seminars are held via Zoom on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Central (7:30 p.m. Eastern) and lasting about one hour. All members, and potential members, are welcome to join the meeting at no cost. The link to join this seminar is: https://zoom.us/j/95933234646?pwd=cHhBeUNuaGdWbitDTElqbFE3bmk4Zz09.  

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