March 4, 2017

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The Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones is an organization for those interested in landscaping with native plants. We present guest speakers in educational programs throughout the year, as well as an annual native plant symposium in early spring; these programs are open to the public. Additional programs for members-only include field trips, regional hikes, visits to members’ gardens (“Landscapes in Progress”), social events and meetings.

The Tennessee Valley Chapter was chartered as a Wild Ones chapter in June 2012. The group had existed previously as a special interest group of the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County but needed a more permanent organization home and found the Wild Ones organization with its national infrastructure and superbly complementary mission.

WILD ONES: NATIVE PLANTS. NATURAL LANDSCAPES is a national non-profit organization with over 50 chapters in 15 states that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

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Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, an outdoor adventure destination, bridges the gap between hectic, indoor-oriented lifestyles and the land, plants, and wildlife surrounding us. It is a natural haven for plants and animals and an environment where all people can visit and find their place in the natural world.

There are 317 acres to explore with hiking trails through landscape and wilderness, the Reflection Riding Loop to drive and cycle, a Blue Way connection through Lookout Creek to paddle, and our Wildlife Wonderland of native animals.

We’ve had more than 30 years to develop our resources for teachers and students—creating fun, interactive programs to help meet state and county science standards and benchmarks. Whether hiking up Lookout Mountain or exploring a pond, students return to the classroom with indelible memories. Adults can continue learning and engaging with nature here through our School of the Field and Woods, full of mind-provoking lecture series, health-oriented activities such as yoga and hiking, and continuing education opportunities like our new Certificate of Native Plants program.

We encourage you to branch out and discover your world—it’s an amazing, beautiful place.

Contact our Volunteer Department for additional information by email at or call 423-821-1160 ext. 105.

Chattanooga Audubon Society

The oldest conservancy organization in the Chattanooga Area, the Chattanooga Audubon Society protects over 500 acres on three sanctuaries across Hamilton County. Audubon Acres in East Brainerd offers more than 5 miles of hiking trails over 130 acres on South Chickamauga Creek along with abundant opportunities for picnicking, wildlife viewing, and photography. Tubing, swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are also permitted during the summer months. The visitor center houses a small gift shop and archeological museum. Also on the property are the historic Spring Frog Cabin, a "Trail of Tears" site and the birthplace of Robert Sparks Walker, and Little Owl Village, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tools will be provided, but please bring your own if you wish. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Bring gloves if you have them.

Join us on March 4, 2017 from 9am-12pm to clear privet and other invasives from this natural treasure. To volunteer go to

Greenway Farm

Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants, such as honeysuckle, Chinese privet, English ivy, and kudzu.

Greenway Farm is a 180-acre city park along North Chickamauga Creek in Hixson, featuring 6 miles of trails, canoe access points, rental facilities, and a dog park. Some of the wooded areas in the park have invasive plants such as English Ivy taking over. Join us as we work to clear these invasives. All tools will be provided. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Bring gloves and hand pruners if you have them and a water bottle. We will be working on uneven terrain.

To sign up, go to:

Cherokee Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization that seeks to influence public policy in Washington D.C., in the state capitals, and locally through public education and grass-roots political action.

As one of five Groups within the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Cherokee Group is based in Chattanooga and represents Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties in Southeast Tennessee. Our mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet for our families and our future. We speak for the trees!

We are committed to welcoming all members of the community. We offer year-round outings, monthly informative programs that range from experts in environmental issues to entertaining speakers who have explored our world. Join us in tackling important local and regional conservation issues

Renaissance Park

Weed Wrangle®, is a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants, such as honeysuckle, Chinese privet, English ivy, and kudzu.

Renaissance Park is part of the downtown Riverparks system and has walking paths through wooded areas that are being invaded by unwanted plants. Supervised by experts in invasive weed management, Weed Wrangle®-volunteers will learn, practice, and begin a habit of maintaining an area free of invasive plants.

All tools will be provided. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Bring gloves if you have them.

To volunteer go to

Tennessee River Gorge Trust 12-3 pm

The Tennessee River Gorge and its majestic beauty have intrigued millions of people for generations. Formed more than 200 million years ago, geologists have studied the Gorge for decades to understand better how one stream could carve a twisted path through miles of hard sandstone and limestone ledges. The result is a unique natural treasure where 27 miles of the Tennessee River have created a scenic passageway of natural beauty that winds through the Southern Cumberland Mountains.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust was founded in 1981. Since then, we've helped to protect more than 17,000 of the 27,000 acres in the River Gorge. Our mission is simple. It is to preserve the Tennessee River Gorge as a healthy and productive resource through land protection, education, community engagement, and good land stewardship practices.

The River Gorge is home to more than 1,100 varieties of plants, ferns, trees, flowers, six threatened species, and 24 endangered species. An amazing array of wildlife include 184 species of birds, 63 species of mammals and 193 species of butterflies. Most recently, the Trust has turned its conservation efforts to focus on bird research, climate change, and water quality as they can often be leading indicators of a healthy forest.

Please help us preserve this pristine land! Join us in removing invasive plants like privet and bush honeysuckle on March 4th at the Pot Point Cabin at 17805 River Canyon Road. The volunteer event will start at noon and go until 3:00pm. The Trust will provide lunch, water, gloves, and tools.

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South Chickamauga Greenway Alliance

We Speak for the Creek

South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance (SCCGA) was formed in 1993. This award winning citizen interstate citizens group advocates for preservation, protection and enhanced environmental quality of the South Chickamauga Creek watershed with its many cultural and natural features. Activities range from picnics, cleanup days, and canoeing to weighing in on water quality standards and irresponsible development. Meetings are held every fourth Wednesday at Wally’s Restaurant in East Ridge at noon.

Click Here for TNEPPC Educational Resources

Tennessee Urban Riparian Handbook: A Practical Guide to Establishing Health Streamside Buffers

The Weed Wrangle® started by The Garden Club of Nashville in 2015, expanded to the Knoxville Garden Club, Garden Club of Lookout Mountain, Memphis Garden Club, and The Little Garden Club of Memphis in 2016. All clubs are members of The Garden Club of America and participants in the GCA Partners for Plants program.