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Tennessee Conservationist Magazine

May-June 2014

Feature Article: 
Morgan County Science Camp: Frozen Head and Schools Working Together for Education

By Ranger Michael E. Hodge

Studying water quality at Frozen Head State Park during Morgan County Science Camp. Photo by Diana Morgan.

Morgan County Science Camp, a partnership between Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area and local schools, allows young people to connect with nature and be involved in environmental education.

Park Ranger Michael E. Hodge writes about this unique camp in the featured article, "Morgan County Science Camp: Frozen Head and Schools Working Together for Education." Students spend their days learning about the flora and fauna of the park while hiking through the Cumberland Mountains and experiencing nature.

Steele Creek Park Remembers its History as it Celebrates 50 Years

Steele Creek Park in Bristol. Photo by Jeremy Stout.

By Jeremy Stout

This year, Bristol's Steele Creek Park celebrates 50 years! Spanning more than 2,200-acres, much of it forested wilderness, the city park's terrain is known for its abrupt ridges and steep narrow valleys known as "The Knobs."

On June 6, a celebration is planned at Steele Creek Park with food, music and fun. Jeremy Stout, park manager, writes about the park's history in the article "Steele Creek Park Remembers its History as it Celebrates 50 Years."

Tennessee Forestry Camp at Fall Creek Falls Celebrates 64 Years!

Forestry Campers measure the diameter of a tree. Photo by Tim Phelps.

By Rebecca Davenport

Tennessee Forestry Camp has provided high school students affiliated with Future Farmers of America with hands-on learning about the knowledge and responsibilities of the forestry profession since 1950.

The camp, held at Fall Creek Falls State Park, is led by State Foresters Tim Phelps and Brook Smith.

"For the staff of the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the camp is all about connecting with a new generation of young people and getting them interested in forestry," writes Rebecca Davenport, a graduate trainee park ranger at Paris Landing State Park, who is author of the article "Tennessee Forestry Camp at Fall Creek Falls Celebrates 64 Years!"

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  • A Tennessee Plant in a Surprising Location
  • The Henslow’s Sparrow Thrives at Fort Campbell
  • Where to Go to See Things That Glow

In The Next Issue

  • My Spot in the Woods
  • The Nature of Nashville
  • Tennessee’s Assassin Bugs

About The Tennessee Conservationist

For more than seven decades, the award-winning Tennessee Conservationist has been dedicated to telling the stories of Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical distinctiveness. In a cluttered media marketplace, this magazine continues to stand out by offering authentic Tennessee places, people and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. With continued strong support from our subscribers, we look forward to sharing more authentic Tennessee stories with you in the years to come.

Bob Martineau, Commissioner

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