Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Friday, April 30, 2021, the Fourteenth Research Roundtable was 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 Roundtable 2022 contact: Dr. Jeff Walck, email: jeffrey.walck@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8390

In 2022, please join us for the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, the evening of April 29 and  all day April 30, 2022 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 planning to spend the day. To get an idea of the events, please see the Elsie Quarterman Festival Program 2021

Friday, April 29, 2022, 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. Planning for the evening speakers is currently underway, check back in early spring, 2022, for an update.

Come back on Saturday, April 30, 2022 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 29, before the evening program at 7PM and resume at 8:30AM on Saturday, April 30. For more information about the weekend events contact: Dr. Kim Sadler, email: kim.sadler@mtsu.edu PH:615.904.8283.

Some of the events in 2021 included: 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 led programs about gardening with our beautiful native plants, showcasing the native plant garden at the Nature Center. Sharen Bracey led a native edible plants program and provided samples of her delicious jellies, juices, and dips. There were family-friendly activities taught cool things about cedar glades led by MTSU and Park Staff. We learned more about the geology of the glades from Ron Zurwaski, TN Department of Geology. Juli Eperjesi from Owls Hill was back again with the magnificent Orion the owl and taught us about these incredible animals. On April 30, plan to stay Saturday evening to call for owls with an Owl Prowl led by Cedars of Lebanon park rangers. 

If you have questions, contact Kim.Sadler@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8283, or 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.)