Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Friday, April 30, 2021, the Fourteenth 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. Tentative date for next year's Roundtable is Friday, April 29, 2022. For more information about the cancellation of the 2021 Roundtable or for information about the Roundtable 2022 contact: Dr. Jeff Walck, email: jeffrey.walck@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8390

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. There is not a food concession at the park, so bring snacks/food if you are planing to spend the day. Elsie Quarterman Festival Program 2021

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 Gazebo (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). Light refreshments will be provided by the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and Friends of Cedars of Lebanon. The evening speakers:
What’s all that buzz about? Bees, State Parks Honey Project, and other Invertebrates in the Cedar Glades Dr. Steve Murphree, Professor, Belmont University
There’s More of Cedars of Lebanon to Enjoy, Cedar Forest Expansion & Future Plans – Jeff Buchanan, Park Manager
Friends of Cedars of Lebanon InvitationFriends’ Spokesperson

Come back on Saturday, May 1, 2021  for more fun! 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 accommodate 15 people. Registration for hikes will begin on site 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: kim.sadler@mtsu.edu 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.

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). 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. Juli Eperjesi from Owls Hill will be back again with the magnificent Orion the owl and teach us about these incredible animals. Plan to stay Saturday evening to call for owls with an Owl Prowl led by Cedars of Lebanon park rangers. 

Here is the 2021 Program. Please be aware events are subject to change depending upon weather, presenters/hike leaders, and other factors. If you have questions before April 30, contact Kim.Sadler@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8283. If you have questions on April 30 or May 1, contact Ranger Sarah Geeslin Sarah.Gesslin@tn.gov or call the park office which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PH: 615.444.4565 or 615.443.2769.

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.)