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April 2014 - Long Hunter Program Schedule

All programs are free and open to the public. Program participants should meet at the park office unless otherwise noted. The park office is located at 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076.

Friends of Long Hunter Monthly Meeting

Saturday, April 5th at 9 AM

Join the Friends of Long Hunter State Park group as they discuss park activities and plan for the future. This is your chance to become involved, make new friends, and be a part of all the exciting things happening at the park! The meetings are open to everyone. Meet inside the park office Nature Circle room. For more information on the Friends of Long Hunter, go to

Natural Areas Spring Celebration

April 5th - April 13th

Eight days of guided hikes all around Tennessee to celebrate our Natural Areas Program, which was established in 1971. Currently there are 83 State Natural Areas in Tennessee, and this special celebration will take us to many of them, including Vesta Cedar Glade, Taylor Hollow, Short Springs, Stillhouse Hollow Falls, and Flat Rock Cedar Glade & Barrens. For the complete schedule of hikes and events, go to

Natural Movement Workshop

Saturday, April 12th at 1 PM

The Natural Movement concept is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities, including walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing & swimming. The manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing and catching are also practiced. Join local certified trainer Eric Newman of Rooted Movement for this free two-hour workshop. Free functional movement screenings will be offered as time allows. Meet in front of the Bryant Grove Recreation Area picnic shelter on Barnett Road. For more information, go to or call 615-967-8440.

Tennessee Ornithological Society Field Trip

Saturday, April 19th at 7:00 AM

Join the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society for a birding field trip at Long Hunter State Park. We'll be looking for various early migrant songbirds - such as warblers, tanagers and orioles - as well as waterfowl. Please bring binoculars, water and insect repellent. Meet at the Couchville Lake/Area 2 parking lot. For more information, go to

Long Hunter Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 26th from 8:15 AM until 9 PM

A day of nature hikes and presentations sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. The event is free and open to everyone. See below for information on individual events.

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. 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.

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.

Day Loop Nature Hike

Saturday, April 26th at 1:15 PM

Join Tennessee State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a 4.5-mile hike on the wild and scenic Day Loop Trail. This trail features some of the park's most impressive natural features: majestic trees, rocky outcrops, numerous wildflowers, songbirds and shorebirds, and splendid views of Percy Priest Lake from high atop the bluffs. Please bring sturdy hiking shoes, water and snacks. Since this is a special interpretive hike, no pets please. Meet at Day Loop/Volunteer Trail parking lot on Bakers Grove Rd. For further directions, call 615-885-2422.

The Odes: Dragonflies & Damselflies

Saturday, April 26th at 2:15 PM

The Odonates - better known as dragonflies and damselflies - are a fascinating group of insects. Field biologist Richard Connors, our guest speaker, has been photographing and studying these creatures for many years. With multifaceted eyes and colorful bodies, some are described as “flying jewels”. There are over 150 species of “Odes” found in Tennessee. This program will show a sampling from across the state and alert you to what might be found right here at Long Hunter. Meet inside the park office.

Getting to Know Cedar Glades

Saturday, April 26th at 3:30 PM

Long Hunter is well known for its rare cedar glade habitat. But what exactly is a cedar glade? This presentation will focus on building general public understanding about cedar glades and interactively share reasons why and how to appreciate this unique ecosystem. Leading our discussion will be Middle Tennessee State University biology professor Kim Sadler, who is also co-director of the Center for Cedar Glade Studies at MTSU. Meet inside the park office.

Campfire Night: Earth Day Edition

Saturday, April 26th at 6 PM

Let's wind down from our Earth Day festival by relaxing under the stars around a glowing campfire! The Friends of Long Hunter will provide a few snacks, but feel free to bring other food, potluck items to share, beverages, s'mores, musical instruments, games, stories, telescopes, or any other campfire-appropriate items. This event is appropriate for all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Long Hunter State Park. Meet at Group Camp 1 (behind park office).

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Long Hunter State Park * 2910 Hobson Pike * Hermitage, TN 37076 * 615-885-2422