Cordell Hull Birthplace hosts The Green Connection on April 20
(MIDDLE) Join us at the park for this two-part event! At 9 a.m. CT, we’re meeting in the park office and celebrating Earth Day by exploring the role of amphibians to the environment and creating miniature habitats for “Kermit the Frog.” At 1 p.m. CT, we are reminding everyone of the importance of trees to the environment by hosting a Native Tree ID hike. For more information call 931-864-3247.
BRAT Spring Ride, “River and Lakes Tour” on April 20 & 21
(WEST) A shorter version of the 7 day BRAT (Tennessee State Parks Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee) in the Fall, the spring version of the BRAT is a great opportunity to get ready for the 2012 riding season! Limited to only 2 days this ride will get you ready for what the BRAT is all about. We will be starting in West Tennessee at Natchez Trace State Park and ride south to Pickwick Landing State Park and then back to Natchez Trace. Plan for a 160 mile round trip. Just like the 7 day version we will offer a great meal upon arrival at Pickwick, some entertainment that night before leaving to head back to Natchez Trace. Look below for information about the ride such as the route, and menu. Full support the entire route with 4 Rest stops 15-20 miles apart both days. We will also offer a room rate at each location if camping is not your thing. Price: Ride registration = $100; Ride registration + 1 nights lodging at Natchez Trace on 4/19 = $175; Ride registration + 2 night lodging at Natchez Trace & Pickwick Landing state park inns on 4/19 & 4/20; Registration is currently open at www.Prerace.com. Learn more at http://thebrat.org/spring-ride. Sign-up for our newsletters at: http://thebrat.org/sign-up/
Fall Creek Falls hosts Star Party 2012 on April 20 & 21
(PLATEAU) Programs are entry level to professional level. Professional and amateur astronomers will be giving presentations. Dark sky field viewing will be Friday and Saturday night with alternate “bad weather” programs. There will be no registration fee. Your only cost for the event will be lodging and food. For more information, contact Allen Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lloyd Watkins at email@example.com, or visit www.CumberlandAstronomicalSociety.org. Please make reservations with Fall Creek Falls Inn at 1-800-250-8610 and ask about the special package deal.
South Cumberland hosts Trails and Trilliums on April 20-22
(PLATEAU) Mark your calendars now for a great Earth Day event, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the TN State Park System and especially the unique South Cumberland. The Friends of South Cumberland event will be held at the Monteagle Assembly with guided hikes, a native plant sale, a garden tour, an environmental forum, children’s nature activities, workshops, vendors, music and more. Saturday night’s Wine & Wildflowers event will honor State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath as this year’s Yeatman Environmental Education Award recipient. New “Brush with Nature” events include an Art for the Park sale and a plein air exhibition and sale. A complete schedule and a chance to register online will be available soon at the Trails & Trilliums website www.trailsandtrilliums.org.
Warriors’ Path hosts Spring Nature Festival on April 20 -22
(EAST) Experience the delights of spring nature discovery in the great Tennessee outdoors. Participate in seminars taught by professionals, and hikes guided by trained naturalists. Topics include: spring wildflowers, tracking, astronomy, stream life, local geology, spring trees, and more! Free. Contact the park office 423-239-8531 or email Marty.Silver@tn.gov for a complete schedule of the weekend's events.
Pickett hosts Volunteer Day on April 21
(PLATEAU) Participate in trail work, planting native species, litter clean up and other
park projects. Meet park personnel and the Friends group at the park office at
9 a.m. CT. Work days generally last until 3 p.m. CT. Bring gloves, water, a
sack lunch and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Sunscreen, insect
repellant and a hat are also good to have. Feel free to work a few hours
or stay the entire time. Volunteer Days are the third Saturday of the month. Call the park office if you have questions or need
more information at 931-879-5821.
David Crockett hosts Trail Work Day on April 21
(MIDDLE) Help us get the trails in tip-top shape for its hikers this spring and summer. Work will involve building foot bridges, pruning overgrown vegetation and other light trail maintenance duties. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves, water and a sack lunch. Wear insect repellent, a hat and sunscreen. Join us for a few hours of the entire time. We will meet at the restaurant at 9 a.m. CT. We will be working on the connector trail from the restaurant down to our new cabins. For more information call 931-762-9408 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Panther Creek hosts Earth Day Celebration on April 21
(EAST) Join the Friends and staff of Panther Creek State Park during our annual Earth Day Celebration. This year’s celebration will include a litter cleanup project, reptile program, wildlife rehabilitation demonstration, flower planting activities and several nature hikes. This event will take place at the Spoone Shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. For more information call 423-587-7046.
Cumberland Mountain hosts Volunteer for Earth Day on April 21
(PLATEAU) Join park staff and the Friends of Cumberland Mountain to help clean up the Byrd Creek Trail Run route for the upcoming 15K on May 12. Meet at the park office at 8 a.m. CT with water, snack and sack lunch. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing. Volunteers are needed to help re-blaze the trail, trim back limbs and briars, and move other obstructions on the trail (down trees and branches). Our main focus will be the overnight trail which is 6 miles long. For more information call 931-484-6138 or Monica.Johnson@tn.gov.
Bledsoe Creek hosts Earth Day Hike on April 21
(MIDDLE) Join the Friends of Bledsoe Creek and park staff for an afternoon of educational programming and an Earth Day Hike. Activities run from 1-3 p.m. CT. For more information call 615-452-3706.
Natchez Trace hosts West Tennessee Star Party on April 21
(WEST) This is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the crisp air and clear skies in Tennessee State Parks. With a New Moon and Metor Shower, the RV campground will be perfect for this event and it will be first come first served so come join us. Dress warmly and feel free to bring a blanket, binoculars or scopes. This weekend is for those at all interest levels. Some Equipment will be provided and many objects in the night sky can be seen with the naked eye. For more information contact: Alisha.Weber@tn.gov
South Cumberland hosts Coke Ovens on April 21
(PLATEAU) Meet Jason Reynolds at the Grundy Lakes beach parking lot for a talk and short walk on the history of mining and coke ovens in Grundy County. This short hike/talk will start at 10 a.m. CT. This hike is part of the Trails and Trilliums event. www.trailsandtrilliums.org. For more information call 931-924-2980.
South Cumberland hosts Cator Savage on April 21
(PLATEAU) Join Ranger Chase Hall for the 9 mile round trip, difficult hike to see historic Cator Savage Cabin. Along the way Chase will discuss early pioneering days as well as survival in the Savage Gulf. Bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, and a lunch that you can pack. This hike will take the majority of the day. Please meet Ranger Chase at the Stone Door Ranger Station at 8 a.m. CT. This hike is part of the Trails and Trilliums event. www.trailsandtrilliums.org. For more information call 931-924-2980.
South Cumberland hosts Stage Coach Road Hike on April 21
(PLATEAU) Join Ranger George Shinn and explore the Historic Stage Coach Road. This 14 mile hike will take us down into Savage Gulf by way of the ol' stage road. Ranger George will give interpretive talks about the history of the road and how local folk put it use. This is a difficult hike due to the change in elevation and the distance to the road. Please bring plenty of water, sturdy hiking shoes, and pack a lunch. Due to the location of this trail and difficulty we are asking for anyone that is interested to please call George Shinn 931-779-3532 to reserve a space on this hike. Meet at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station Parking lot at 9 a.m. CT. This program will be part of the Trails and Trilliums event. www.trailsandtrilliums.org.
Sycamore Shoals hosts Landscape Seminar & Plant Auction on April 21
(EAST) An exciting array of unusual ornamental & native perennials, trees and shrubs will be auctioned during this event. A great opportunity to add new species to your landscape! Sponsored by The UT Extension Service, E.Tenn. Nursery Assoc., and the Eliz/Carter Co. Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the park at 423-543-5808.
Cumberland Trail hosts Head of Sequatchie Afternoon Hike on April 21
(PLATEAU) Join us at the spring opening of the "Head of Sequatchie". This site is only open to the public on set program dates. The area is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT today with staff on site. The hike starts at the office at 1:30 p.m. CT. For more information call 423-907-8203.
Frozen Head hosts 44th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage on April 21 & 22
(PLATEAU)14 & 21 are Sat with hikes at 10 & 2 and 15 & 22 on Sun with hikes at 2:00. Located in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains of East Tennessee, Frozen Head State Park is easy to find. From the Interstate 40 exit 347 at Harriman take Hwy. 27 North to Wartburg. Turn right (East) on Hwy. 62. Travel two miles and turn left on Flat Fork Road. Travel 4 miles to the park entrance. For more information please contact Ranger Michael Hodge at 423-346-3318 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Pillow hosts Civil War Re-enactment on April 21 & 22
(WEST) Join us from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CT on Sat. April 21 and Sun. April 22 with a night hike at 7 p.m. on the 21st. Programs offered include hikes, museum tours, battle re-enactments between North and South, encampments, rifle and cannon demonstrations, wood fire cooking, food, Civil War vendors, and more. Open to all ages. Hikes will be around 2.3 miles, lawn chairs welcome. For more information call Robby Tidwell at 731-738-5581.
South Cumberland hosts Moonshine in Grundy on April 22
(PLATEAU) Come meet Ranger Bill for a discussion on Moonshine in Grundy County. We will meet at the Grundy Forest parking lot at 11:00 a.m. CT. This talk is part of the Trails and Trilliums event. www.trailsandtrilliums.org. For more information call 931-924-2980.
South Cumberland hosts CCC History Hike on April 22
(PLATEAU) Join Park Ranger Brent Smith for this 2-mile moderate hike around the Grundy Forest Day loop. Along the way, Brent will talk about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Bring plenty of water and wear sturdy shoes. This hike will meet at the Grundy Forest Parking lot at 1 p.m. CT. This hike is part of the Trails and Trilliums event. www.trailsandtrilliums.org. For more information call 931-924-2980.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Earth Day Celebration - Urban Birdin' and
more! on April 22
Join us for a fun afternoon of Earth Day activities! At 1
p.m. CT, Ranger Cara will lead an “Urban Birdin’ ” walk through the park, great
for beginning birders and kids! At 2:30, Ranger Jennifer will have Archie the
corn snake out for a Snake Show! Stick around until 3:30, and you can leave a
lasting legacy for the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park by helping us plant
a tree in honor of Earth Day! All programs will meet at the History Wall across
the street from the Farmers’ Market Food Court! For more information, please
contact Cara Alexander: email@example.com, or call 615-741-5771.
Cedars of Lebanon hosts Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Festival on April 27 & 28
Join park staff and friends from The Center for Cedar Glade Studies of Middle Tennessee State University for the 35th Annual Elsie Quarterman Wildflower Festival. The event kicks off from 7-9 p.m. CT on Friday with the Cedar Glade Roundtable . Saturday begins with an Early Bird Hike at 7 a.m. CT. Wildflower hikes and programs will be offered throughout the day until 7 p.m. CT. All events are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.mtsu.edu/~gladectr or call the park at 615-444-4564
Cedars of Lebanon hosts Spring Cleaning Saturdays on April 28
(MIDDLE) Please join us for Spring Cleaning Saturdays, as we try to restore natural order by cleaning-up a few of our beautiful sinkholes. We will meet at the park office at 10 a.m. CT. Work for just a few hours or the entire time. Lunch will be served to the first 50 people. Wear sturdy work shoes and long pants. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water, snacks and work gloves. Apply sunscreen and wear a hat. We need your help! For more details or if you bring a group larger than five, please contact Ranger Shauna Bridgers at 615-443-2769 or Shauna.Bridgers@tn.gov.
David Crockett hosts Ramblin’ with Randy for Wildflowers on April 28
(MIDDLE) A segment of David Crockett's “Celebrating 75 Years with 75 Events” Program. Meet up with the Tennessee’s State Naturalist, Randy Hedgepath, at 2 p.m. CT for a hike through a section of the park rarely seen. Along your way, you are sure to see many interesting spring plants and wildflowers. Meet at Crawfish Valley Fire Department, 899 Cresent Factory Rd Lawrenceburg, TN 38464-2036. Be sure to wear bug spray, bring water, and a snack. For more information E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-762-9408.
Sycamore Shoals hosts Community Plant Exchange on April 28
(EAST) Saturday, April 28 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ET. The front parking lot will be bustling this morning! Bring cuttings and potted outdoor and indoor plants, to exchange for species you don’t have—a fun way to meet other gardeners and increase your collection. For more information contact the park at 423-543-5808.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall hosts Country Music Marathon on April 28
(MIDDLE) Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be hosting a portion of the Country Music Marathon and ½ marathon Saturday, April 28, with participants running through the park at 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. CT. The best place to park is to
come in on Jefferson Street to 5th Ave. and park in the state employee parking
lots. Street closures include 6th, 7th, and Jackson St and Harrison St. Anticipated runners: 28,000. Bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the many shops at Farmers Market.
Info about the race.
For more information about the park call 615-741-5280.
Sgt. Alvin C. York hosts Smithsonian Exhibit - 75th Anniv. Celebration on April 28 – June 2 (MIDDLE) For more information call 931-879-6456.
Long Hunter hosts Volunteer Trail Clean-up on April 28
Help the Middle Tennessee Hiking Meetup Group and Friends clear trash that washes up from
Percy Priest Lake onto and near the Volunteer Trail.Please bring at least two large, strong trash bags, lunch and water. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. A hat, suncreen and insect repellant are recommended. Be prepared to walk a few miles to and from the trash hot spots. For more information call the park at 615-885-2422 or visit the Hiking Meetup Group to learn