Come learn about local wildlife habitats and backyard habitat improvement projects you can do yourself. Discover citizen science projects and volunteer opportunities in and around Murfreesboro. Meet representatives from organizations working on habitat issues.
Hikes, activities, and information geared towards ages 10 and up.
Take a hike with an expert and learn about the plants and animals in your choice of several different local ecosystems. There are naturalist-led walks on Saturday, too - see the Saturday activities section, below!
Explore a small yet diverse pocket glade and the 20-acre Murfreesboro natural area surrounding it that are tucked behind the soccer fields at Siegel Park. The area includes a creek, a small limestone cedar glade, a patch of prairie, thickets, and wooded areas. Several globally rare or threatened plant species occur here. An unpaved walking/running trail winds through the area.
Meet at Siegel Park southwest soccer field parking map
Watershed Walk - Murfreesboro Greenway at Southridge Trailhead
Explore the West Fork of the Stones River during a short hike starting at Southridge Greenway Trailhead. Learn about watershed function in a karst landscape, water quality indicators, and simple DIY water quality evaluation. Hands-on activities and resources available: Wear waterproof boots or river shoes if you want to wade in!
Hike through one of Tennessee’s most ecologically significant State Natural Areas and learn how TDEC personnel are restoring and maintaining ecosystem integrity, wildlife habitat quality, and biodiversity throughout this 846-acre Class II Natural-Scientific State Natural Area.
The Best of Both Worlds: Preserving Nature and History at Stones River National Battlefield:Discover the Battlefield's natural resources (cedar glades, native grass fields & forests) and learn how park personnel manage them as part of a cultural landscape.
Exhibits (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) are along the road by the Wilderness Station, and the Plant Sale (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and food trucks (lunchtime) are in the Wilderness Station parking lot. These areas are closed to vehicles from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Purchase locally-native plants to enhance your landscaping and support backyard wildlife, then park them in our plant corral while you take part in Conservation Days activities. (Be sure to catch the planting workshops!)
9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Wilderness Station parking lot Pick up purchased plants by 3:30 Come early for the best selection!
Morning presentations take place in the Wilderness Station meeting room. The afternoon presentation meets at the Wilderness Station meeting room and takes place on the trail through the Barfield Backcountry.
Get out of the classroom for a leisurely hike from the Wilderness Station to the banks of the West Fork Stones River and a review of the importance of topography in our daily lives and that of the myriad of life forms we will find along the way.
Activities - Choose your own adventure!
From hikes to hands-on workshops, Conservation Days activities are led by naturalists, professional natural resource managers, and other knowledgeable folks who will share their expertise with you.
Learn how to plan and install a rain garden in your yard that will reduce flooding and runoff issues, conserve water, and trap pollutants carried by stormwater runoff before they reach streams, rivers, and groundwater.
The Wilderness Station is home to many education animals, including owls, snakes, turtles, and more. There are free educational backpacks available for checkout, and the gift shop sells nature-themed toys and books, snacks and drinks, and local artwork, jewelry, and pottery.