The purpose of Friends of Long Hunter State Park is to help protect and improve the park environment for those who use it; and to support the park staff in its preservation and educational efforts.

We encourage you to join us in our efforts to assist Long Hunter State Park by becoming a member of our organization.

The support given through Yearly Membership Dues, Sponsors, and donations assist in many worthy causes. Your contributions are an investment in the future of Long Hunter State Park.




This free event, sponsored by the Friends of Long Hunter State Park, features a variety of educational programs and hikes for the whole family.

All scheduled programs will meet at the park office located at 2910 Hobson Pike in Hermitage. We look forward to seeing you!



Saturday, April 29, 2017

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Event Schedule and Program Description

Early Morning Tweets: Bird Walk - 8:00 a.m.

But these are the real kind! Join John Froeschauer, Middle Tennessee Regional State Parks Interpretive Specialist, for an early morning bird walk. John is a longtime birder, and he will help us see and hear any birds that are up and tweeting during the morning hours.  We will be identifying both local and migratory species by sight and sound. What a wonderful way to start a day!

How-to: Nature Photo Composition - 9:00 a.m.

Darel Hess, accomplished photographer and longtime Friends of Long Hunter member, will show us how to make our nature shots go from blah to beautiful. Learn important tips for producing memorable pictures that bring nature alive.

NHECM Live Animal Show - 10:00 a.m.

Guess who's coming to visit Long Hunter?! Speaker Bob Tarter, wildlife biologist and owner of Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth, is back with us for one of our most popular programs. Bob will bring a variety of wild animals and reptiles for us to learn about, see and maybe even touch.

Wild Edibles - 10:30 a.m.

Back by popular demand, Sharen Bracy - author, speaker, gardener and beekeeper - will change your ideas about what you can eat in the great outdoors. Join Sharen in the meeting room for some basic info, then follow her as she leads the group around the office area to search for wild edibles. Eating wild is what it’s all about, and don’t miss this chance to sample and purchase some of Sharen’s wonderful wild jams, jellies and more.

A Surprise Visitor from the Past - 11:30 a.m.

Ever wonder where the name of our park, LONG HUNTER, came from? Well now's your chance to find out as we welcome a surprise visitor from the past. Get ready to ask all of your questions about how it was back in the old days as we watch a demonstration about long hunters.

Water, Water Everywhere! But is it Safe? - 12:30 pm

John McFadden, CEO of the Tennessee Environmental Council, will lead us to the water’s edge to learn about and take samples of the water in Percy Priest Lake. John is an expert on water quality, and he will help children understand the importance of clean water.

Beautiful Butterflies: Lecture and Hike - 12:30 pm

John Froeschauer, Middle Tennessee Regional State Parks Interpretive Specialist, will open our eyes to these amazing insects. After learning some facts and figures about Tennessee butterflies, John will lead a hike in the park to see who is flittering around on April 29. Don’t miss this chance to hear from an expert on this fascinating subject.

Is Our Park a Natural Area? A Cedar Glade? Both?: Lecture - 2:00 pm

Roger McCoy, Director of the Division of Natural Areas for TDEC, will explain all about natural areas and cedar glades. Long Hunter State Park is well known for its rare cedar glade habitat, and Roger will share information on how and why to appreciate this unique ecosystem. And then, because seeing is believing, Roger - an expert on rare plant species - will lead a hike through a cedar glade area of the park. A perfect end to our exciting day.

Walk Up Crafts for Kids - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Stop by the Friends of Long Hunter craft area to construct a nature craft to take home. A great way for kids to remember a special day at Long Hunter. Kids of “all ages” are welcome to participate.


Upcoming Events

We offer many events throughout the year. We also have a Full Event Calendar. The following is a short list of upcoming events:


A lot of support we receive comes from not only members within the Friends group, but also sponsors of local businesses throughout the community who have a love for Long Hunter State Park. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please visit our sponsor page.

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