Sewanee Herbarium Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

Abbo’s Alley

Sat., September 21, 7:45 a.m., Mary Priestley

A Family Weekend tradition! Meet at the corner of University and Georgia Avenues (at the flashing light) near the arboretum kiosk for this one-hour easy walk in the Abbott Cotten Martin Ravine Garden. The Garden is a lovely mix of native and cultivated plants, and the ravine is steeped in Sewanee history. There are a surprising number of things to see and learn on this familiar trail. All are welcome to join in the walk.


Workshop on iNaturalist App

Sat., September 28, 10:00 a.m., Angus Pritchard

Join C’22 Herbarium Fellow Angus Pritchard on for an introductory workshop on how to use an incredible new identification tool, the iNaturalist app! Meet at the Lake Cheston pavilion for a botanical and entomological walk and some tips about using the app’s photo-recognition system. Just make sure you have the iNaturalist app downloaded to your smartphone before the walk. Please RSVP to


Meadow Trail (South Cumberland State Park)

Sat., October 5, 10:00 a.m., Yolande Gottfried

Meet at the South Cumberland State Park Visitor’s Center to walk this easy trail behind the Center. Tall native grasses and numerous asters, goldenrods, thoroughworts, and many other wildflowers should still be in bloom.


Lake Dimmick (Day Lake)

Sun., Oct 6, 2 p.m., Mary Priestley

Meet at St. James Church, Midway. We’ll see wetland plants and have an optional hike up “Little Mountain” to see the renovated log cabin. Some of the last wildflowers to bloom are found around our lake shores. In any case, fall color should be starting to reflect in the water.. This walk may be wet, so wear suitable foot wear.


Looking ahead, the herbarium-sponsored nature journaling group will have its  annual All Things Bright and Beautiful exhibit in Stirling’s in January. This display will be in  celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.


Nature Journaling

A group meets for nature journaling Thursday mornings 9-11. Come try it out – stick with it if you like. Bring an unlined journal (or a few sheets of unlined paper) and a pen or pencil. No experience needed. As the seasons transition, we gather in different places, so contact for info on the meeting place.


For more information on these or other Sewanee Herbarium events, please contact Mary Priestley by email. A map of meeting place locations is available at

All times are CST or CDT.

Wear appropriate shoes on all of these walks. Risks involved in hiking include physical exertion, rough terrain, forces of nature, and other hazards not present in everyday life. Picking flowers and digging plants are prohibited in all of the above-mentioned natural areas.

A map of meeting place locations is available at


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