Center for Cedar Glade Studies


Please join us for the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, the evening of April 30 and  all day May 1, 2021 at Cedar of Lebanon State Park. All events will take place outside, weather permitting, with social distancing in place; when that is not possible, masks will be required to protect the health of participants.

Friday, April 30, 2021, the Foureenth Research Roundtable  is cancelled due to policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Cedar Glade roundtable brings together representatives from state and government agencies, conservation groups, universities, and other interested parties to discuss conservation and management updates about Middle Tennessee cedar glades. This event is open to interested members of the public.

For more information about the cancellation of the 2021 Roundtable or for information about the Roundtable for 2022 contact: Dr. Jeff Walck, email: PH: 615.904.8390

Friday, April 30, 2021, the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Evening Program will be held at Cedar of Lebanon State Park from 7:00pm to 8:30pm outside around the beautiful outdoor Juniper Pavillion (from the main entrance take a right at the fork in the road, park in the large lot next to the Cedar Forest Lodge and Nature Center).   We are finalizing speakers for the evening so please check back for the updated evening program.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and Friends of Cedar of Lebanon. 

Registration for events is not required except for the 3-hour morning (from 9 to noon) and afternoon (from 1 to 4) hikes. There are three trip leaders and each trip leader can accomodate 15 people. Registration for hikes will begin at the Cedar Forest Lodge on Friday, April 30, before the evening program at 7PM and resume at 8:30AM on Saturday, May 1. For more information about the weekend events contact: Dr. Kim Sadler, email: PH:615.904.8283.

SPECIAL NOTE: Since we all care about the health of others, masks will be required for the 3-hour morning and afternoon hikes because trip leaders will bring people close together to examine the glade flowers. Masks will also be required during any events where social distancing is not possible.

Come back on Saturday, May 1, 2021  for more fun! Some of the events include: bird-watching in the morning with Melissa Turentine, morning and afternoon hikes with botany professionals (Todd Crabtree, TN State Botanist; Milo Pyne, Retired, Senior Scientist NaturServ; Darel Hess, TN Native Plant Society) in the morning and afternoon. Native plant specialist Linda Robertson will lead programs about gardening with our beautiful native plants, showcasing the native plant garden at the Nature Center. Join Sharen Bracey for a native edible plants program and sample her delicious jellies, juices, and dips. There will be some family-friendly activities that will teach cool things about cedar glades led by MTSU and Park Staff. Learn more about the geology of the glades from Ron Zurwaski, TN Department of Geology. We are hoping to have Juli Eperjesi from Owls Hill back again to let us get up close to the magnificent Orion the owl and teach us about these incredible animals. Plan to stay to call for owls with an Owl Prowl led by Cedars of Lebanon park rangers, Saturday evening. 

The 2021 program will be  updated soon. To see the program for events held in 2019 (nearly all events are RAIN or SHINE and will be very similar for 2021) (2019 Schedule of Events CLICK HERE)

Limestone cedar glades are globally unique and fragile habitats found primarily in Middle Tennessee. Viewed historically as wastelands, they support a plant community of highly specialized species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.  (Slideshow photographs by Darel Hess.)