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May 2022

Field Trip: Elza Gate Paved Greenway

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 will walk or roll on a flattish paved trail. Total out and back distance is perhaps 1.5 miles. As usual attendees can turn back when…

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June 2022

Seminar: CoreyPine Shane, Southeast Medicinal Plants

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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 focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter, he has extensive knowledge of local plant identification and medicine making. He is an expert on herbal…

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July 2022

Field Trip: Indian Gap to Newfound Gap, GSMNP

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

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, Phone: 875 938 7627, Email: ssretiree@yahoo.com

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Seminar: Paula Gross, Best Tree for Your Garden

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

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 all aspects of growing a botanical garden. She’s currently investing in the next generation of plant lovers and protectors by teaching sustainability and botany at…

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August 2022

Seminar: Ann Willyard, Scientific Names

August 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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 need to learn how to design and build an automobile. It will be based on a book by the same name that was self-published on…

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September 2022

Field Trip: Van Buren County Powerline

September 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 walking. This will be handy if it is a hot day. Meeting Places: Shell Station on the south side of the Peavine exit in Crossville…

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Field Trip: Walker Branch State Natural Area

September 3 @ 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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 for AutoZone Auto Parts at 235 Water St. Suite A, Savannah, TN 38372; coordinates of the meeting site are 35.221984, -88.246275.  Meet at 9:30 am…

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

September 10 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

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 imperiled by NatureServe. Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP) has managed the Barrens for 26 years. Volunteer workdays continue to control exotic and native woody,…

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Field Trip: Roadside Botanizing in Northern Decatur County

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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:  Bring Facilities:  At meeting place. Leader:  Bart Jones,  Phone: 901-485-2745  Email: bjones7777@hotmail.com

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Seminar: Steve Murphree, Insect Pollinators

September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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 to give insect/spider presentations, and has taught summer insect day camps for children (Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies).  He assists staff members at local nature centers/events…

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