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April 2020

TNPS Annual Conference at Red Boiling Springs

April 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - April 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am
500 East Main Street, Red Boiling Springs, Tn 37150, 500 East Main Street
Red Boiling Springs,
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Phacelia fimbriata

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS We will hike several trails. See the Conference page for details.

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Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

April 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Frozen Head State Park, 964 Flat Fork Rd
Wartburg, TN 37887 United States
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Pediomelum subacaule

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS 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 Trial). For those continuing the next 2 miles are steeper and rougher but still moderate (Judge Branch and S.…

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Rock Island State Park, Warren/White Counties

April 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
R958+M9 Rock Island, TN
Trillium grandiflora

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS. Rock Island State Park is located in the Eastern Highland Rim on the Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee. The town of Rock Island was a thriving community in pioneer days and a major stop on the Kentucky to Alabama road. The Great Falls Cotton Mill operated there from 1892 to 1902 and the main building is still standing high above the river. The hike will begin at the overlook of Twin Falls. We will…

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Trails and Trilliums

April 17, 2020 - April 19, 2020
Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, 1 Assembly Ave
Monteagle, TN 37356 United States
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Iris cristata

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS The Trails & Trilliums festival attracts hundreds of hikers, wildflower enthusiasts and families who come to the Cumberland Plateau during peak wildflower season. This 3-day festival raises funds to support the initiatives of the Friends of South Cumberland (FSC), working in support of South Cumberland State Park. https://www.trailsandtrilliums.org/ Where: Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, Tennessee

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 22, 2020 - April 25, 2020
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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June 2020

Couchville Coneflowers at Sunset

June 20, 2020 @ 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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August 2020

A Morning in the Barrens at Flat Rock

August 29, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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