Three Bends/Pellissippi Blueway Paddle Trip

Clark Center Park

TCWP and Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation (AFORR) are organizing another scenic paddle trip, scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 30, to promote and help maintain the Three Bends and Pellissippi Blueway on Melton Lake. This time we plan to begin at the Clark Center Park boat ramp and paddle across and upstream, and […]

Ecological Recovery Since the 1980 Eruption of Mount St. Helens

The May 1980 cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens included many types of disturbances, ranging from a gigantic blast, mudflows into several streams, a massive ash cloud, and the largest landslide in recorded history. Ecological recovery of each disturbance depended not only on the amount of blast, burial, or heat experienced by each locale, but […]

Hike on Cumberland Trail, Peavine Rd. to Devil’s Breakfast Table

Marathon Station, Crab Orchard52 Main St, Crab Orchard, TN

On this hike, cosponsored by TCWP and TNPS, we’ll start at Peavine Rd. and hike along Daddy’s Creek, staying mostly up on the bluffs. At the halfway point the trail drops to the creek, where we’ll eat lunch. We’ll see many rock formations and a wide array of flowers along this section of the Cumberland […]

Outing on Oak Ridge Melton Lake Greenway

Old Edgemoor Rd (Haw Ridge)299 Old Edgemoor Rd, Oak Ridge, TN

This outing cosponsored by TCWP and TNPS will emphasize tree and shrub identification along the paved greenway. 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 […]

TCWP/TNPS hike at Andrews Bald

Newfound Gap Parking Area

This is a joint outing for TCWP and TNPS. We will see interesting high-elevation plants such as southern bush honeysuckle and southern mountain cranberry, and hopefully catch many azaleas in bloom. To park at the trailhead will require a parking pass—$5  for the day or $40 for the year.  Parking may be difficult at the […]

Update on Tick-borne Diseases in East Tennessee

In this program cosponsored by TCWP and the UT Arboretum Society,  Dr. Richard Gerhold will present updates on tick abundance and prevalence, as well as the spread of the Asian longhorned tick.  He’ll also cover the various pathogens that can be transmitted, their geographical and temporal variations, diagnostics tests, and prevention. Dr. Gerhold, who holds a […]

Hike at Big South Fork

Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

On this hike cosponsored by TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society, we’ll visit a power line clearing to look for goldenrods, asters, and a striped gentian, then walk Middle Creek Loop, a scenic trail with endemic species Cumberland sandwort and rockhouse white snakeroot. We’ll meet for carpooling in Oak Ridge at the Gold’s Gym/Books-a-Million […]

The Secret Lives of Beavers, and Why They Matter

The consequences of losing beavers to the fur trade were profound, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb says: ponds were drained, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. In this 7 p.m. Zoom program cosponsored by TCWP and the UT Arboretum Society on September 28, Goldfarb, the author of Eager: The Surprising, […]

Pellissippi Blueway Paddle Trip

Melton Lake Park697 Melton Lake Dr, Oak Ridge, TN

On October 7, TCWP, Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation, and others will host a paddling event on a section of the newly christened Pellissippi Blueway. We will meet at 10 a.m. at Melton Lake Park at the Oak Ridge waterfront (formerly Oak Ridge Marina). Participants can bring their own canoes or kayaks, or rent […]

2023 TCWP Annual Meeting

Norris Dam State Park125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN

TCWP will hold its 2023 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 21, at Norris Dam State Park in the Appalachian Center with Nancy Manning, new Executive Director of TCWP, as our keynote speaker. The meeting will include a business meeting to vote to approve the proposed by-law revisions.  You can review the proposed by-laws on our […]

Norris Watershed Hike

Norris Middle School5 Norris Square, Norris, TN, United States

The Norris Municipal Watershed, situated adjacent to Norris Dam State Park, is a 2,300-acre area that is the watershed of Clear Creek; it is managed for water quality protection, sustainable forest management, and public recreation. A network of about 30 miles of forest roads and single-track trails are managed by the Norris Watershed Board. We […]

Native Plant Rescue Squad

The Native Plant Rescue Squad (NPRS), an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of native flora in East Tennessee, works with builders, developers, and landowners to rescue native plants that would otherwise be destroyed. The rescued plants are then made available for educational opportunities and restoration projects.  In this 7 p.m.  Zoom […]