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April 2020

Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sanguinaria canadensis

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS 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 fall 2018. What spring flowers we will see is hard to predict. The route is definitely scenic. Alternatives: People are welcome to head back early to…

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 22 - April 25
Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Trillium undulatum

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks to explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. Programs included fungi, ferns, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, medicinal plants, and more. Directions and details: www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org. Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

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May 2020

Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

May 1 - May 2
Cedars of Lebanon State Park, 238 Cedar Forest Rd
Lebanon, TN 37090 United States
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Fringeleaf wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Festival is an annual event held at Cedars of Lebanon State Park at the Cedar Forest Lodge (from the main entrance take the fork in the road to the right to the first building on the right). Lectures, hikes, roundtable discussions and more. Details and directions: www.mtsu.edu/glade-center. Where: Cedars of Lebanon State Park

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Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Sparta

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Corydalis flavula

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). Difficulty: ~4 miles with some steep sections Contact/Leader:…

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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. UPDATE: We will have this trip.  We will not have a…

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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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September 2020

Crab Orchard Mountain Powerline Fall Flowers

September 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Symphyotrichum pratense

We will walk along the powerline right-of-way to see many species of aster, goldenrods and other fall flowers. This is a joint TNPS and TCWP outing. Difficulty: The walk will be less than 4 miles round trip. Contact/Leader: Larry Pounds (Reservations not required but are helpful for planning and to send updates or cancellations.) Phone/email: 865-705-8516 PoundsL471@aol.com Meeting Place/Time: For carpool: Gold’s Gym/Books-A-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s at 9…

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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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November 2020

2020 Annual Meeting Online

November 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The TNPS Annual Meeting usually occurs in conjunction with our annual conference, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19 issues. Instead, we will hold our annual meeting online Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. CST. (That’s 7:30 p.m. EST.) Please mark your calendars. We will begin by taking care of some TNPS business and nomination of officers. Please note that we are very much in need of a volunteer treasurer. (See Home page ad for details.) At 7:00…

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