In a new “Every Child in the Park” program, the Friends of South Cumberland welcomed every fourth grade class in Grundy County to the South Cumberland State Park Visitors Center for all-day field trips. The field trips were held on three consecutive days, October 11 – 13, with around 50 children attending each day.
One focus of the field trips was nature journaling, and each student received a South Cumberland Nature Journal illustrated by Mary Priestley. The students took a hike on the Meadow Trail to learn about native plants and pollinators with Priestley; enjoyed a hands-on wildlife program with Margaret Matens; and got an introduction to the Visitors Center’s exhibits from Deb Dreves as they learned about geology and early people in the park.
Twelve volunteers from the Friends’ Tennessee Naturalist Program assisted with the field trips, which will be held every year. This initiative is funded by a grant from the South Cumberland Community Fund.