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Field Trip: Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River

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 […]

Event: Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

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 […]

Event: Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival

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 […]

Field Trip: Late Spring Plants in Jackson and Clay Counties

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 […]

2022 Annual Conference

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 […]

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

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 […]

Field Trip: Crab Orchard Mountain Walk

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 […]

Field Trip: Elza Gate Paved Greenway

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 […]

Seminar: CoreyPine Shane, Southeast Medicinal Plants

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 […]

Field Trip: Indian Gap to Newfound Gap, GSMNP

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, […]