Tennessee Solid Waste Education Project

Environmental, Conservation, and Solid Waste Events in Tennessee

Below are links to environmental, conservation, and solid waste events in Tennessee for teachers, students, and families:

Summer Day Camp – Weekdays 8 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 – Friday, August 6, 2010: Come play outside this summer! Camp Idyllwild is the Nashville area’s only full time summer-long day camp with an exclusive focus on the nature and the environment. Weekly camp sessions begin June 1st and go through August 6th and are available for children ages 5 to 11. Transportation and wholesome, organic snacks provided. Check out our web site for more information! Cost is $270 for each weekly camp session.

Weekly Working Luncheon – Wednesdays, 11:30 – 1 PM until August 6, 2010: This is a working luncheon that is open to the public. Meetings are held at the Ponderosa in Lebanon, TN, north of the intersection of I-40 and 231. Past events included presentations related to storm water compliance issues throughout the area. Guests have included TVA, TDEC, USDA, TWRA, Corp of Engineers, manufacturers and citizens. Lunch on your own. Call 615-773-6270.

Wonderful World of Warblers – Friday, June 11 at 8 PM: Meet in the old Camp Store on the campgrounds for a presentation on warbler species found at Edgar Evins State Park. Discover which ones are there and where to find them. This is a great introduction to the birding walk the following morning! Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Beardsley Community Farm’s Annual Farm Fest – Saturday, June 12, 2010, 10 AM – 2 PM: Celebrate the summer harvest with live local jams, games for all ages, absolutely divine local grub from a new catering company in town, plant giveaways, a moon bounce, farm tours, face painting, cobbler devouring, a cake walk, the list goes on. This is a Beardsley fundraiser, but everything on the farm that day is absolutely free. There will be donation jars all around – if you enjoy and you want to donate. If not--no pressure. For questions or information on participating as an exhibitor or a volunteer, call 546-8446. Beardsley Community Farm is located behind the Laura Cansler Boys and Girls Club at 1719 Reynolds Street. We are down in Malcolm Martin Park off of Western Ave, Knoxville, TN.

National Get Outdoors Day – Saturday, June 12, 2010: National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. Nationwide.

Morning Bird Walk – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 9 AM : Edgar Evins is a great park to watch birds! Meet Holly at the park entrance for an easy walk down the Saddle Dam access road to view birds. For both beginners and experts. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Please park on side of road and do not block the gate.) Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Leaf Rubbing Art – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2 PM: Meet inside the old Camp Store (building in campground parking lot) to make your own art using amazing textures from nature. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Scorpion Hunt – Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 8 PM: Did you know that we have scorpions in Tennessee? Join Seasonal Naturalist Holly for a nighttime expedition to find scorpions by black light. Meet at the first picnic area at the boat ramp entrance (look for Ranger vehicle). Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit (TOYS) – Sunday, June 13 at 6 AM – Friday, June 18, 2010: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be conducting the annual Tennessee Outdoors Youth Summit June 13-18 for students in high schools across Tennessee in cooperation with the Montgomery County Sportsmen Association (MCSA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF). $300 for the week-long experience. Statewide.

Leopold Education Project National Conference – Thursday, June 17, 2010 – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 8 AM – 8 PM: The Leopold Education Project National Conference focuses on teaching skills for formal and non-formal environmental educators and methods for incorporating the thinking of Aldo Leopold – including the concepts of a land ethic and land health – into educational programs and discussions. For registration information, call 608-355-0279, The Leopold Center, Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Woodland Hazards – Friday, June 18, 2010 at 4 PM: Would you know what to do if you bumped into a Copperhead? What if you were stung by a bee? Do you know how to identify poison ivy? Learn all this and more when you gather in the Fire Circle in the Campgrounds. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Birds of Prey – Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8 PM: Have you ever seen a large bird soaring in the sky and wondered what it was? Join Ranger Taylor at the Camp Store for a fascinating slide show presentation featuring local birds of prey. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

A Fresh Food Bike Ride Tour – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 9 AM: This tour is aimed too provide inspiration to grow food in your own neighborhood and get involved in the local, fresh, healthy food revolution! Begin at the Farmer’s Market in Market Square and end at Beardsley Community Farm. Stop at other fresh-food-growing spots along the way (Parkridge Community Garden, Tribe One garden, and many more!). ***All riders must wear legal helmets and bring their own preferred hydration***All Riders must fill out a liability form*** Feel free to leave the ride whenever (though you won’t get goodies at the end if you leave early!). You are responsible for making your way home afterward. To sign up ahead of time or for more information, please call 974 2049. Knoxville, TN.

Gardening for Butterflies – Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 2 PM: The butterfly garden at the Visitor’s Center has over 2,000 square feet landscaped to attract butterflies and other wildlife. Come take a tour of the garden; learn about the plants growing there and the butterflies they’re attracting. Meet outside the Visitor’s Center. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Firestarting Demonstration – Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4 PM: Starting a fire using flint and steel is an excellent skill to learn. Come watch and then try your hand at this technique! Meet at the Fire Circle in the campground. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Jr. Zookeeper – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Here is your chance to find out! Become a Jr. Zookeeper for a day and learn the important roles that zoo keepers play at the Nashville Zoo. Jr. Members: $50; Non-members: $75. Call 615-833-1534 ext. 143 for more information. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN.

Sunset Cruise – Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 6 PM: Meet at the Courtesy Dock for a relaxing tour of Center Hill Lake at sunset by pontoon boat. Limit 12 people. Please sign up at the Visitor’s Center or call (931) 858-2114 or (931) 982-3918. Will depart promptly at 6:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Sorry no children under 3 years of age. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Pollinator Week – Monday, June 21, 2010 – Sunday, June 27, 2010: Pollinators positively effect all our lives. Let's SAVE them and CELEBRATE them!

A Naturalists Guide to the Mid-South, 2010 Lecture Series – Monday, June 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM: "Counting on Butterflies: An Introduction to Mid-South Butterflies and the North American Butterfly Association Count Program" - Bart Jones, North American Butterfly Association, Tennessee Native Plant Society. Free to members of the Wolf River Conservancy and MBG members. Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN

Creepy Crawlies  - Friday, June 25, 2010 at 3 PM: What kind of critters make your skin crawl? Spiders? Beetles? Scorpions?! Here is your chance to face your fears and learn what makes these creatures special to our environment. Meet in the Fire Circle in the campgrounds. (In case of rain, meet inside the Camp Store.) Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Black Powder & Fire Starting Demonstration – Friday, June 25, 2010 at 5 PM: Join park manager Carl Halfacre at the Peninsula (beside Courtesy Dock) as he demonstrates using a flintlock rifle and building a fire using flint and steel. All ages welcome! Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN

Sunset Cruise – Friday, June 25, 2010 at 6 PM: Meet at the Courtesy Dock for a relaxing tour of Center Hill Lake at sunset by pontoon boat. Limit 12 people. Please sign up at the Visitor’s Center or call (931) 858-2114 or (931) 982-3918. Will depart promptly at 6:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior. Sorry no children under 3 years of age. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Honeysuckle Baskets – Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 2 PM: Turn a noxious weed into a work of art! Meet in the Camp Store to weave your very own basket out of honeysuckle vines. All ages welcome. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Old Time Toys – Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 3 PM: Meet park manager Carl Halfacre outside the Camp Store for a walk back in time, when children amused themselves with simpler toys. Come try your hand at hoop & stick, the whirligig and more! Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Snakes – Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 4 PM: Gather in the Fire Circle to meet some of your scaly locals. Learn what makes them special to the environment and why you really do want them in your backyard! (In case of rain meet inside the Camp Store.) Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Great American Backyard Campout – Saturday, June 26, 2010: The Great American Backyard Campout (GABC)™ is a one-night event for families, youth, and individuals to camp out in their backyards or local parks and to discover the fun of being in the great outdoors. Nationwide.

Night Hike – Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 8 PM: Meet in the parking lot next to the Millennium Trail for a nature hike - in the dark! You never know what we may see or hear. Be sure to wear bug spray, closed shoes, and bring a flashlight. Approximately 1 mile. Free. Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, TN.

Clean Beaches Week - Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Wednesday, July 7, 2010: Clean Beaches Week is the “Earth Day” for beaches. Held annually from July 1-7, it is a celebration of the healthy beach lifestyle. Worldwide.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop – Thursday, July 8, 2010, 9 AM – 3 PM: All public and private school teachers and non-formal educators, park rangers, nature center and museum staff, and teachers-in-training are welcome. This workshop will emphasize activities for grades 3-8. Call 931-221-6480 or e-mail deweink@apsu.edu for information about registering and directions to the APSU Environmental Education Center (the "farm"). Dress comfortably in shoes you can get wet and dirty. With fun, hands-on activities, you'll learn about Tennessee's water resources and how to help your students become environmental stewards. Weather permitting, we'll spend time at the pond, collecting and observing, and learning inquiry skills you can share with your students. Clarksville, TN.

Back Stage Pass – Saturday, July 10, 2010, 9:30 – 11 AM: Join the Education Department and keeper staff on a great adventure. This Backstage Pass will give you access behind-the-scenes of the anteater barn, the giraffe barn, or the elephant barn. Member Price: $25; Non-Member Price: $50.Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN.

World Population Day – Sunday, July 11, 2010: Every year the United Nations Population Fund celebrates this special day to publicize issues affecting women, men, and children populations. Worldwide.

Jr. Zookeeper – Sunday, July 11, 2010, 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Here is your chance to find out. Become a Jr. Zookeeper for a day and learn the important roles that zoo keepers play at Nashville Zoo .Jr. Members: $50; Non-members: $75. Call 615-833-1534 ext. 143 for more information. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville, TN.

PFI-Earth and Environmental Science for Middle and High School Educators (6 days) – Sunday, July 11, 2010 – Friday, July 16, 2010: This workshop provides science educators of grades 6-12 with classroom lessons, laboratory activities, and field experiences associated with earth and environmental topics. The workshop will focus on four general sections of earth and environmental science curriculum: geology, ecology, hydrology, and atmospheric conditions. Requires a $50 registration fee to hold your space, plus an additional $50 at check in on July 11. Call 828-884-8229 for more information. Pisgah Forest Institute at Brevard College, Brevard, NC.

A Naturalists Guide to the Mid-South, 2010 Lecture Series – Monday, July 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM: "Turtles and Snakes of the Wolf River," Dr. Shannon McGee, DVM, Collierville Animal Clinic. $4 non-members, free to members of the Wolf River Conservancy and Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis, TN.

PFI-Earth and Environmental Science for Middle and High School Educators (6 days) – Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Friday, July 23, 2010: This workshop provides science educators of grades 6-12 with classroom lessons, laboratory activities, and field experiences associated with earth and environmental topics. The workshop will focus on four general sections of earth and environmental science curriculum: geology, ecology, hydrology, and atmospheric conditions. Requires a $50 registration fee to hold your space, plus an additional $50 at check in on July 11. Call 828-884-8229 for more information. Pisgah Forest Institute at Brevard College, Brevard, NC.

PFI-Ground Level Ozone-Advanced Air Quality (3 days) – Sunday, July 25, 2010 – Tuesday, July 27, 2010: 2010 Summer Workshop for K-12 Educators. (Both traditional and non-traditional educators are eligible to participate.) PFI has partnered with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to present this workshop. We will spend time at GSMNP in the field looking at different biological indicators of air quality, and learn different methods of using bio-monitoring with students in your own classroom. This workshop is designed for K-12 educators. Requires a $50 registration fee to hold your space, plus and additional $25 at check in on July 25. Call 828-884-8229 for more information. Pisgah Forest Institute at Brevard College, Brevard, NC.

PFI-Recycling and Composting in the Classroom (3 days) – Wednesday, July 28, 2010 – Friday, July 30, 2010: 2010 Summer Workshop for K-12 educators. (Both traditional and non-traditional educators are eligible to participate.) Includes: Room, board, resource notebook, and many classroom takeaways! Requires a $50 registration fee to hold your space, plus an additional $25 at check in on July 28. Call 828-884-8229 for more information. Pisgah Forest Institute at Brevard College, Brevard, NC.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Educator’s Workshop – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9 AM – 3 PM: Open to all public and private school teachers and non-formal educators, park rangers, home school educators, nature center and museum staff, teachers-in-training. Learn about Tennessee’s water resources while receiving six hours of in-service credit. Help students become better stewards of their environment and learn the importance of stormwater quality and its impact Best Management Practices (BMPs). Teach students real-world applications by conducting water sampling tests and discovering what the results teach us. Free. Call 615.859.2740 for more information. Moss Wright Park, Goodlettsville, TN.

Annual North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Conference – Wednesday, September 29, 2010 – Saturday, October 2, 2010: Networking opportunities, plenary sessions, workshops, field experiences, special events, and more.  Buffalo-Niagra, NY.

NSTA Regional Conference – Thursday, December 2, 2010 – Saturday, December 4, 2010: This conference highlights science content and pedagogy workshops. It includes the TSTA Student Mini-Poster Contest; a TSTA booth with TSTA shirts and recommended resource book; review of science books and materials in the Exhibit Hall; and opportunities to network with other science educators. Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN.

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