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The Nature Circle -- Long Hunter's new adventure for preschool-age children -- continues to be a tremendous success. The brainchild of Friends member "Miss Liana", The Nature Circle is an interactive group made up of nature-themed stories, puppets, songs, and crafts for ages 3-5. The group meets at the park visitor center every Monday at 9 a.m. The Nature Circle is co-sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park. "Ms. Liana continues to do a great job with the Nature Circle and definitely has a fan club," said Park Manager Thurman Mullins. "I can't say enough as to how much work and effort Ms. Liana has put into the program, and it shows and is greatly appreciated by myself, other park staff, the parents, grandparents, and children."

NAIA and Friends member Sally Wells was a special guest at the Nature Circle during the week of the powwow. Wells taught the children how to count in Choctaw, told stories, and was a big hit with the kids, and later in the program she was joined by the park's very own "Long Hunter" himself.

During October, Hunter Williams, Jaedin Dawson and Jenacy Dawson each received awards from Ms. Liana for attending ten of the Nature Circle programs.

Articles about The Nature Circle have recently appeared in The Tennessean, Parent World, The Lebanon Democrat, The Rutherford Reader, and other publications, and the program has also been mentioned on Nashville's public radio station, 90.3 WPLN-FM. For more info on The Nature Circle, call the park office at 615-885-2422, or email, or you can stop by the park office and pick up a brochure.

Arboretum Brochures Coming Soon!

After  the leaf stencils are done, we plan to start making copies of the arboretum  brochure and then prepare the two areas where we will put the brochures: the visitor center (near the counter) and the Couchville Lake kiosk.  We are also going to turn the old access fee tube (next to the Couchville kiosk) into a Friends of Long Hunter donation box; We plan to get that done before the Earth Day festival.


Requests for programming from school, church and scout groups continue to increase. Recently the park staff worked with teachers from Tulip Grove Elementary for a group of 120-plus kids. "Friends members are already assisting us with programming," said Park Manager Thurman Mullins. "If any others would like to become involved -- or more involved -- with programming at Long Hunter, we can definitely use the help."

"District Interpreter John Froeschauer and I gave a tour of the Sellars Farm Archaeological site for the Wilson County Visitors and Convention Group. There were folks from the Tennessee Department of Tourism in this group. They were particularly interested in tours for special groups at later dates. Anyone interested in doing any type of programming -- from nature, history, living history, photography, fishing, hiking, art, etc. -- we just want you to know that park staff and Friends members will be glad to have you and work with you."