On the Oak Ridge Reservation, located in east Tennessee, over 1100 vascular plants, 72 fish, 34 mammals and over 200 bird species have been observed. The public is invited to nature walks designed to highlight not only the rich flora and fauna diversity of the reservation, and to demonstrate the work being done to sustainably manage and conserve this resource. No pets please.

Reservations for the following events must be made in advance by noon the Thursday prior to each walk by contacting Tracy Clem, 865-574-5151 (bodinetm@ornl.gov). If inclement weather forces postponement of an event, it will be announced on ORNL’s Information Line at 865-574-9836 (i.e. 574-XTEN) at least two hours before the scheduled start of the walk. For information call or write Trent Jett at 865-574-9188 (jettrt@ornl.gov).

CANCELED!!! – Wildflower and Old Growth Forest Walk
Date: Sunday, April 12
Location: Meet at West Guardhouse, Oak Ridge Turnpike (Hwy 95)
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Leader: Larry Pounds and Paul Durr (botanists)
Limit: 25 (children are allowed)
Description: We will see many native spring wildflowers as well as a stand of old growth trees which has been thriving for >240 years. Walking will be off trail, in moderately rough terrain (distance about 1.5 miles). Since this is an off trail hike in rocky country, participants need to have good balance and stamina. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug spray and water. Be aware that there may be some shallow wet areas we will be walking through, boots are recommended.
No pets please.

CANCELED!!! – Bird Nature Walk – Freels Bend
Date: Saturday, April 25
Location: Meet at the parking lot behind (i.e. south of) the ORISE building at the corner of Bethel Valley and Pumphouse Roads
Time: 8:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Leader: Trent Jett, Sarah Darling and Neil Giffen (ORNL)
Limit: 25 (children are allowed)
Description: Walking will be over dirt/gravel roads (distance 1-2 miles). Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug spray, field guide to birds, binoculars, and water. We should see birds of prey and many sparrows in the extensive native grass fields, migrating warblers in the early successional and mature forested areas, and wading birds in the waters along the Clinch River.

Fish and Aquatic Insects – Bear Creek
Date: Saturday, May 16
Location: Meet at North Boundary Greenway trailhead west, Oak Ridge Turnpike (Hwy 95). Near Hwy 58 and 95 junction.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Leader: Trent Jett (ORNL)
Limit: 20 (children are allowed)
Description: We will visit lower Bear Creek where we will learn about the local fish and aquatic insect populations that are native to the Oak Ridge Reservation. Techniques for collection of aquatic organisms will be demonstrated and participants will have an opportunity to help. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring bug spray and water. Wear older shoes or rubber boots if you would like to get in the creek and help! Some waders will be made available also.

More walks can be found at https://www.ornl.gov/news/orr-nature-walks-2020-scheduled