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Outdoors

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Mountain speech revisited

  • Frozen Head State Park Programs

    July 11 – 2 p.m. – Leaf Printing: Join Ranger Hannah in a nature friendly crafting experience. Participants should meet at the Park Visitor Center to go and collect leaves for painting. Then the leaves will be painted and printed in the Visitor Center.

    July 12 – 2:30 p.m. – Make a Seed Bomb: Meet Ranger Hannah at the Park Visitor Center to build a seed bomb. Using recycled paper and seeds you can make a fun and easy seed bomb.

  • Black bear sightings more common in spring and early summer

        TWRA receives more calls regarding black bear in spring and early summer than any other time of year. Movement of young bears takes them into new, unknown territory. Human outdoor activities such as gardening, hiking, camping and grilling increase the potential for humans to spot a bear and for bear-human discord.

  • Scott County Bee Association meeting is July 16

     

  • Outdoor Tip

    Pay attention to what you’re feeling - If you even feel the slightest bit dizzy or lethargic, alert someone in your party and get out of the sun. If you’re feeling confused, nauseous, have an increased pulse or headache, seek medical attention immediately. Heat stroke is a real condition that can hit you before you realize it from prolonged sun exposure.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    A tree connection to the Declaration of Independence

        When holidays roll around, I like to poke around for a connection with the natural world, and I found some interesting stuff about The Declaration of Independence. This most revered American document kicked off our nation’s quest to rule itself, which we celebrate on the 4th of July, Independence Day.

  • Frozen Head State Park Programs

    July 4 – 2 p.m. – Salamander Hunt: Meet Ranger Hannah at the playground by Shelter B. Join in on the fun identifying salamanders or any other critters we find. It’s also a good chance to cool off in the creek.

  • Outdoor Tip

    Stay out of the garden midday - The sun is at its hottest and most harmful point during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to avoid those hours, particularly between noon and 2 p.m. Yes, that’s a big chunk of the day, but doing your gardening in the early morning or evening keeps you cool and leaves you with the rest of the day to pursue other hobbies.

  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Medicinal Plants

        Thousands of years before modern medicine, people depended on medicinal plants to ease pain and aid healing. Our early pioneer ancestors learned from native Indians what plants were useful to treat maladies. Many of these plants are common in our area and easy to identify. What follows is a description of some of the more easy to find medicinals found in our area.

  • 2019 application period for Peregrine Falcon trapping for falconry usage begins July 1

        The 2019 application period for the trapping of a peregrine falcon to be used in falconry will begin July 1, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.
        The number of permits to be allowed for the taking of peregrine falcons to be used in falconry has increased from one to five in as announced in 2018 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.