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April 2022

Field Trip: Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. This will be a switch from last year. We will start from Panther Branch Trailhead. The first 0.55 miles is ideal for those with rather limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. For those continuing the next 1 mile along Panther Branch is steeper and rougher but still only moderate. Panther Branch is a place to see dwarf…

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Seminar: Mary Priestley on Nature Journaling

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lifetime TNPS member and past president Mary Priestley has been nature journaling for more than 20 years. According to Mary, "It's just a small step from listing the plants that you see on an outing to taking a few ecological notes, making a few sketches, and keeping a nature journal." Naturalists and botanical explorers, including John Muir, William Bartram, Andre Michaud, Mark Catesby, and many others kept journals. Explore with Mary the joy of this practice. Learn how to easily…

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Event: Conservation Days 2022

April 22 @ 3:30 pm - April 23 @ 4:00 pm
Wilderness Station, Barfield Crescent Park, Murfreesboro, TN, 401 Volunteer Road
Murfreesboro, TN
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Building Habitat in a Fragmented World: Activities, speakers, and exhibits focused on engaging with the natural world Wilderness Station, Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro, TN Come learn about local wildlife habitats and backyard habitat improvement projects you can do yourself. Discover citizen science projects and volunteer opportunities in and around Murfreesboro. Meet representatives from organizations working on habitat issues.  Hikes, activities, and information geared towards ages 10 and up. Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Nature Walks with Naturalists: Take a hike…

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Field Trip: Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River

April 23 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Note: This is the third time this outing has been scheduled. Weather has been a problem, but it is too good of an outing not to keep trying. 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…

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Event: Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 26 - April 30

72nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Great Smoky Mountains National Park 26-30 April COVID POLICY.  For our 2022 event we will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in the days prior to the event for all leaders and pilgrims.  We are currently negotiating with a professional, external company, like ones many of you have dealt with during travel or for concert participation.  At this time “full vaccination” status is through the second dose, but that may change if…

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Event: Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - April 30 @ 4:00 pm

In 2022, please join us for the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, the evening of April 29 and  all day April 30, 2022 at Cedar of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon, TN. All events will take place outside, weather permitting, with social distancing in place; when that is not possible, masks will be required to protect the health of participants. There is no food concession at the park, so bring snacks/food if you are planning to spend the day.…

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May 2022

Field Trip: Late Spring Plants in Jackson and Clay Counties

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description:  Jackson and Clay counties have some beautiful, rugged country nestled in the hills and hollows along the Cumberland River and its tributaries. In 2018 we explored areas along the Roaring River and Spring Creek south of the Cumberland R. This trip will take us to places north of the Cumberland R. to see plants that flower late in the spring. Plants we plan to see include Guyandotte Beauty (Synandra hispidula), Chapman’s Meadow Parsnip (Thaspium chapmanii), Appendaged Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum appendiculatum),…

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2022 Annual Conference

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - May 15 @ 12:00 pm

Our meetings will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Lookout Valley (3641 Cummings Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37419). A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted room rate of $69.00/night (2 double beds or one king bed). Reservations can be made by calling the Clarion directly at 423-635-7203 (choose the option for the front desk; mention the Tennessee Native Plant Society). This special rate expires two weeks before the event. Breakfast is included and box/picnic lunches will be…

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Seminar: John Froeschauer on Moths and Butterflies–Natural History and Gardening

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

John Froeschauer has a BA in Conservation from Long Island University. He began working with Tennessee State Parks as a Ranger in 1985 at Radnor Lake Natural Area. In 1989 he became the Regional Interpretive Specialist for state parks in Middle Tennessee, overseeing the seasonal ranger program, and working with exhibits, events, and resource management projects. He oversaw the State Park Iris license plate program beginning in 1996. Recently retired, John continues to inform the public about our native moths…

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Field Trip: Crab Orchard Mountain Walk

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description: This is a joint outing for TNPS and TCWP. The walk is scheduled in hope of catching spreading pogonia (Cleistes bifaria) and prairie lily (Lilium philadelphicum) in flower. They are both beautiful, the orchid in a subtle way and the lily in a very showy way. We should see a variety of flowers as we walk open area, powerline, and forested area with streams and rock formations. After the main walk there is a quality wetland that can be…

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