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Long Hunter State Park will hold its annual Spring Thing nature festival on Saturday, April 13.

This free event will feature nature-themed activities for the whole family.

Events include:

  • · Early Morning Bird Walk (8-9:30 a.m., starts at park office). Join Richard Connors, a Nashville photographer and naturalist with more than 20 years of experience, for an early morning bird walk.
  • · Storybook Trail Scavenger Hunt (Between 10-11:45 a.m., starts at Storybook Trail at Couchville Lake parking lot). Perfect for preschool to elementary age kids. This is a quarter-mile trail.
  • · Wild Edibles (10 a.m.-noon, starts at park office). Author, speaker, gardener and beekeeper Sharen Bracy will talk about what you can eat in the great outdoors.
  • · Live Animal Show by NHECM (Noon-1 p.m., shelter by Couchville Lake parking lot). Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth programmer Shawna Adams will bring a variety of wild animals and reptiles to see.
  • · Honey Bees and the TSP Honey Bee Project (1-2 p.m., park office). The Honey Bee project promotes the survival of honey bees while also improving the pollination of native plants.
  • · Cedar Glade Hike (1-2 p.m., starts at Cedar Glade parking lot on South Mt. Juliet Road). Join Brian Bowen, retired TDEC Natural Areas Program Administrator, for an easy 1.5-mile walk through some high-quality examples of open glades, grass-dominated prairies and limestone forests.
  • · Beautiful Butterflies: Lecture and Hike (2-3 p.m., starts at park office). Butterfly expert Rita Venable will share her expertise on butterflies through photographs.

For information, go to https://www.friendsoflonghunter.com or call the park office at (615) 885-2422.

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