Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Please join us for the Research Roundtable and Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, May 3 and 4, 2019.  

Friday, May 3, 2019, the Thirteenth Research Roundtable  will be held from 1:00 to 4:30pm at Cedars of Lebanon State Park Assembly Hall. 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 Roundtable contact: Dr. Jeff Walck, email: PH: 615.904.8390

Friday, May 3, 2019, the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Evening Program will be held at Cedar of Lebanon State Park from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Cedar Forest Lodge (from the main entrance take a right at the fork in the road, the Cedar Forest Lodge is the first building on the right). We have historically focused on cedar glade plants but this year we wanted to bring attention to animals of the glades. One of the evening speakers is Nicole Witzel, Tennessee State University, she will share her research with us about a rare salamander that occurs in glades in a talk entitled, Saving the Streamside Salamander, an Intermittent Stream Specialist. The second speaker for the evening is Dr. Steve Murphree, Belmont University. A frequent contributor to the Tennessee Conservationist, Dr. Murphree will speak about native insect species important to cedar glades. This evening you will have an opportunity to learn about native plants because the Native Plant sale begins tonight. This plant sale is sponsored by Friends of Cedars of Lebanon and coordinated by the author of Gardening with Native Tennessee Plants, Margie Hunter, and plant propagator/garden designer, Linda Robertson.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and Friends of Cedar of Lebanon. 

For more information about the weekend events contact: Dr. Kim Sadler, email: PH:615.904.8283

Come back on Saturday, May 4  for more fun! Some of the events include: morning and afternoon hikes with botany professionals (Todd Crabtree, TN State Botanist; Milo Pyne, Senior Scientist NaturServ; Darel Hess, TN Native Plant Society) in the morning and afternoon. Join Sharen Bracey for a native edible plants program and sample her delicious jellies, juices, and dips. There is a family-friendly scavenger hunt that will teach you cool things about cedar glades led by MTSU and Park Staff. Learn more about the geology of the glades from Ron Clendening, TN Department of Geology. Juli Eperjesi from Owls Hill will let us get up close to an owl and teach us about these magnificent animals. Plan to stay to call for owls with an Owl Prowl led by Cedars own Ranger Sarah Geeslin, Saturday evening. 

To see the program for events this year (nearly all events are RAIN or SHINE) (2019 Schedule of Events CLICK HERE)

Something new this year as part of the festival, is a Wildflower Photography Workshop, 9am to noon. Learn the skills to get that perfect wildflower shot with your SLR camera and find out how to participate in citizen science while visiting the beautiful cedar glades ecosystem. Registration and a small fee are required at the following website. ( ).

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.)