Meeting Time: 8:15 AM
Meeting Place: Long Hunter State Park office
Hike Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Estimated Time: 4 hours
Hike/Program Leaders: John Froeschauer, Lisa Powers and the Friends of Long Hunter State Park
April 26th is the annual Earth Day celebration at Long Hunter State Park. The Friends of Long Hunter will host several free hikes and presentations throughout the day. These three events - Morning Bird Walk, Live Reptiles Program and Iris Fund Presentation - will take place during the morning session.
Those attending the morning session are also welcome to stay for other events later in the day. You can get more information on the festival at https://www.facebook.com/longhunterstatepark
Here are times and descriptions for the morning session:
Morning Bird Walk: Saturday, April 26th at 8:15 AM
Join Middle Tennessee Regional Interpretive Specialist John Froeschauer for a morning stroll to see (and hear) some of our feathered friends. Long Hunter is a unique habitat with its mix of glades, prairie, woods, and lakeshore, and we'll be attempting to identify both local and migratory birds by sight and sound. Please bring binoculars if you have them. We'll be walking in areas near the park office. The program will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet at the park office.
Live Reptiles Program: Saturday, April 26th at 10:15 AM
Everyone loves snakes, right? If you answered no, then perhaps this program will change your mind. Come meet herpetologist Lisa Powers and some of her reptilian friends from Froghaven Farm! Lisa will show us a wide variety of reptiles and explain the many ways in which they are beneficial - and why you should never harm them. Don't miss this rare chance to see reptiles up close and personal! Meet at the Couchville picnic shelter in Area 2. (From park office, turn right onto the main park road and then take the first left, which is Area 2. Proceed to parking lot.)
Iris Fund Presentation: Saturday, April 26th at 11:15 AM
For 20 years, Tennessee's iris license plate has generated funds which have beautified, enhanced and improved state park landscapes. This program, presented by the fund administrator, discusses highlights of planting, invasive plant removal, and habitat enhancement activities throughout the state, including those at Long Hunter State Park. Presented by John Froeschauer, who is a regional interpretive specialist for Tennessee State Parks. Meet inside the park office.
These are all-ages events; kids are welcome. No pets, please.
The Long Hunter Earth Day Festival is organized and sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park (http://friendsoflonghunter.com).
Directions to Long Hunter State Park office:
Enter Long Hunter State Park at the main park entrance (2910 Hobson Pike) and take the first right, which is the park office.
For further directions or park information, call the park office at[masked]-2422.