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Field Trip: Early Spring at Soak Ash Creek

Steiner Bell Lodge Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pitman Center, TN

Description: We will take an early spring hike around the Soak Ash Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Pittman Center, TN. This 20-acre addition to the National Park was made possible in 2011 by the Friends of the Smokies and has been the site of extensive invasive removal throughout the last […]

Field Trip: Taylor Hollow Outing

Larkspur Conservation Bear Creek Road, Westmoreland, TN

Description: The Tennessee Native Plant Society will have an early spring hike in Taylor Hollow State Natural Area. After parking at Larkspur Conservation, we’ll walk to the trailhead of Taylor Hollow, then walk about 2 ½ miles. Trail etiquette and group dynamics will be emphasized. If we’ve had a warm spring and we’re lucky, we […]

Field Trip: Prairie Grove Glade

Prairie Grove Glade 2048 State Hwy 20 (Love's Travel Center), Tuscumbia, AL

Description:  Prairie Grove Glade is the largest remaining intact limestone cedar glade in north Alabama and is home to many rare plants, including two that are federally endangered. We should see the following on our trip:  lyreleaf bladderpod (Paysonia lyrata) - Federally endangered 3 counties in NW AL, Alabama gladecress (Leavenworthia alabamica) - endemic to […]

Field Trip: Frozen Head Wildflower Walk

Frozen Head State Park 964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN, United States

Description: This is a joint outing sponsored by TNPS and TCWP. All are welcome. We will have an excellent opportunity to see spring wildflowers. The first mile is ideal for those with limited hiking capabilities; the trail is wide and flat. For those continuing the next 2 miles are steeper and rougher but still moderate. […]

Seminar: Erin Manzitto-Tripp, Tennessee: A Global Hotspot for Lichen Biodiversity

Speaker Erin Manzitto-Tripp is co-author of the "Field Guide to the Lichens of Great Smoky Mountains National Park". The GSMNP is home to 909 recognized species of lichens, more than any other national park in the U.S., as well as nearly half of all species known to occur in eastern North America.  Erin is an […]

Earth Day Dash & Expo

Southwest Tennessee Community College 737 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN

The Southwest Tennessee Community College Science Club will host an Earth Day Dash & Expo on April 20th. TNPS will have a table to sell books and provide membership information.

Trails & Trilliums, & Native Plant Sale

Beersheba Springs Assembly 58 Hedge Avenue, Beersheba Springs, Tennessee

Trails & Trilliums​ is a weekend-long naturalist rally, put on by the Friends of South Cumberland State Parks and sponsored by Lodge Cast Iron. Headquartered at the Beersheba Springs Assembly in Beersheba Springs,  the festival offers a slate of guided hikes and nature-themed presentations and workshops. A native plant tent is one of the primary […]

Field Trip: Little Cedar Mountain

Little Cedar Mountain I-24, Exit 158, Chattanooga, TN, United States

Description: This is sponsored by TNPS and TCWP. A wonderful place for spring wildflowers like spreading rockcress and wild hyacinth. If there is interest and time, we could take a second hike to see the rare native smoke tree on the Middle Cedar Mountain. Meeting Places/Times: (1) Little Cedar Mtn. Trailhead (10:30 AM EDT, 9:30 […]

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg, TN

Information and registration for the Great Smoky Mountain Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage are available at:

Field Trip: Haw Ridge Park

Haw Ridge Park Oak Ridge, TN

Description: This is sponsored by TNPS and TCWP. We should be able to see an inconspicuous orchid, Wister’s coralroot, among many other spring wildflowers. Some of these flowers are growing on a small cedar barren. Meeting Place/Time: In Oak Ridge at the west terminal trailhead of the greenway along Edgemoor Rd. (TN 170). (Don’t go […]