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Trails and Trilliums is a multi-day celebration of Spring, featuring expertly-guided hikes on many of the South Cumberland State Park's most scenic trails. The festival offers a full slate of nature-themed speakers and workshops, a fabulous expanded plant sale, and family-oriented activities for the kids. All proceeds benefit the Friends of South Cumberland, working on behalf of Tennessee's largest -- and most spectacular! -- State Park. Hike capacities are limited - register TODAY to be sure you get on the hikes you want: https://trailsandtrilliums.org 26 unique guided hikes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) featuring amazing outdoor treks, both long and short, from easy to strenuous, led by some of the region's most expert guides. Hikes will be offered all weekend -- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The hike lineup includes topical adventures focusing on wildflowers, salamanders & snakes, Civilian Conservation Corps history, birds, nature photography, geology, and more. Hikes will take you to many amazing and beautiful places, including Denny Cove, Foster Falls, Fiery Gizzard, Grundy Forest, Sherwood Forest, Sewanee Natural Bridge, Shakerag Hollow, Collins Gulf, Deer Lick Falls, Greeter Falls, Stone Door, and more. All hikes leave from the DuBose Conference center in Monteagle. 16 informative talks and workshops (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) on nature journaling, birding, edible plants, watercolor, fairy houses, and more. Highlights include: • Keynote Address: Stephen Bales, author and naturalist -- Saturday, 12:00 pm • Cumberland Wild Forum: “Free Play/Nature Play Panel” -- Free admisssion, Saturday, 1:00 pm • Tennessee Naturalist Forum: "Would you like to be a Tennessee Naturalist?" -- Free admisssion, Saturday, 2:00 pm • Mary Priestley introduces her newest book, “Sewanee Wildflowers in Watercolor” with a talk and book signing at 11 am Saturday and noon on Sunday. All talks and workshops are at the DuBose Conference center in Monteagle. Also at DuBose, this year's Trails and Trilliums features a greatly expanded Plant Sale (Saturday and Sunday) featuring an extensive and beautiful inventory of wildflowers, ferns, trees and shrubs from Overhill Gardens native plant nursery in Vonore, Tennessee. On both days, there will also be garden-related vendors offering outdoor sculpture, worm castings, produce, garden accessories, botanical prints, nature books and cards. A wide array of FREE Children’s Activities (Saturday 10 am to 3 pm) at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center Family Fun activities are made possible through the generosity of Doug Ferris and John D. Canale. Trails and Trilliums 2019 also celebrates the grand opening of two new areas of the park: • The new Nature Play area, on the Meadow Trail at the park's Visitor Center • The new Interpretive Trail at the site of the 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Grundy Forest The always-popular Wine & Wildflowers celebration and Friends' fund-raiser is on Friday evening, 5:30-7:00 pm at the Monteagle Inn. Also happening on Trails & Trilliums weekend is the Trail Weekend Hootenanny, presented by the Friends of South Cumberland and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, starting at 4:00 pm Saturday at nearby Baggenstoss Farms.
South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center
This year's class for the Tennessee Naturalist Program/South Cumberland is now FULL. Registration for next year's class will open in June of 2019. If you would like to get on the "wait list" for the next class, visit https://www.friendsofsouthcumberland.org/tn-naturalist-program.html for more info and to sign up. The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults, with chapters across the state. Graduates join a critical corps of volunteers providing nature education, outreach, and service to the park. Since 2011, the Friends have offered its members the opportunity to become certified as Tennessee Naturalists by completing a series of ten classes, and completing 40 hours of service to environmentally-focused organizations. The ten, four-hour sessions run from September to May with meetings averaging once a month, usually on Saturday mornings, with a "winter break" in December and January. Classwork is divided between lectures, hands-on activities and many hours of outdoor immersion. Topics include local geology, forests, animals, plants, fungi, aquatic biology and astronomy. The fieldwork portion of the course can be physically demanding, with hikes on steep hills, rough terrain and some night activities. The cost of the course is $250 per person if you are a current Friends member. Non-members may participate for $275, which includes a year's membership in the Friends. Participants receive a field notebook, hand lens, and a jump drive containing all class materials. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and is limited to the first 22 individuals. See photos from some of our Tennessee Naturalist classes: https://www.friendsofsouthcumberland.org/naturalist-class-and-field-photos.html