Upcoming Events

Additional information on all TCWP activities may be obtained from TCWP Executive Director Sandra K. Goss at Sandra@sandrakgoss.com or at (865) 583-3967.

TCWP’s Guidelines for Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, TCWP will be conducting its activities following CDC guidelines.  

  • We ask that you not participate if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone who is.
  • We will practice social distancing, maintaining at least 6 feet of separation between participants. This will limit the amount of interpretation that can be done.
  • We will organize activities into groups of 10 or fewer.
  • We recommend that you bring a mask and wear it when around others.
  • We recommend that you bring hand sanitizer or other ways to wash your hands.
  • We recommend that everyone bring their own water, lunch, snacks, and sunscreen.
  • We recommend caravanning to activities instead of carpooling.
  • Keep in mind that restrooms may be unavailable at activity locations.
  • Activities are subject to change or cancellation as we monitor and react to local, state, and federal data and guidelines. 

Thank you for your patience while we work through ways to serve our community.

    Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River Hike@ Rocky Top/Exxon/McDonald's on US 27 in Spring City, TN
    Apr 24 @ 10:00 am
    Stinging Fork Falls to Piney River Hike @ Rocky Top/Exxon/McDonald's on US 27 in Spring City, TN
    This will be a joint outing for TCWP and the Tennessee Native Plant Society. We will caravan from our meeting place to the Lower Piney River Trailhead to start a shuttle, leaving some cars there. We’ll then carpool to the Stinging Fork Falls Trailhead and hike back to the Piney River Trailhead.
    This section of the Cumberland Trail was completed in the fall of 2018. Which spring flowers we will see is hard to predict, but the route is definitely scenic. The trail is up and down with many steps. The total walking distance will be about six miles if you choose. As an alternative, people are welcome to head back early to the Stinging Falls Fork Trailhead. They will need to have a car there, or otherwise will have to wait until the shuttle is completed in the afternoon. Those who choose this alternative could drive back from the Stinging Fork Trailhead to the Piney River Trail Head, then walk along the flat trail by Soak Creek to meet the rest of the group as they reach Soak Creek.
    We’ll meet at the Rocky Top/Exxon/McDonald’s on U.S. 27 in Spring City at 10 a.m. Eastern. Bring a lunch, water, and bug spray.
    This activity will be conducted to protect participants from COVID-19. Please wear masks to the start of the event and during group mingling, and try to maintain a six-foot distance from others whenever possible. The event may have to be reconsidered based on conditions at the time.
    Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Larry Pounds at 865-705-8516 (cell) or via email at PoundsL471@aol.com. Larry Pounds
    TCWP Board Meeting
    May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Birdability: Because Birding is for Everybody and Every Body!
    May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Register to receive your Zoom link. Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easilyBirdability is a non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to access for birders with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, intellectual or developmental disabilities (including autism), mental illness, being Deaf or Hard of Hearing and other health concerns; and bringing the joy of birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who aren’t yet birders. Learn about why this should matter to you (even if you don’t have an accessibility challenge), ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder, the Birdability Map (and how to submit a Birdability Site Review) and our resources for birders (and potential future birders) with accessibility challenges… because birding is for everybody and every body! Learn more and find resources at birdability.org This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society.

    Presenter: Freya McGregor, OTR/L, CIG is the Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a background in blindness and low vision services, she is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.

    Register for this event at https://utarboretumsociety.org/rsvpmaker/birdability-because-birding-is-for-everybody-and-every-body/

    TCWP Board Meeting
    Jun 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    TCWP Board Meeting
    Jul 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm