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Long Hunter State Park to host 31st Annual Pow Wow and Fall Festival October 19th-21st

 

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryNashville, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Long Hunter State Park will host the 31st Annual Pow Wow and Fall Festival October 19th-21st, featuring Native American artists, musicians, dancers, food and storytellers.

Sponsored by the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, this time-honored gathering draws thousands of people from across the country and offers a great opportunity to explore a variety of tribal customs and cultural experiences. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee History Festival to be held at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park October 19th-20th

 

Event Will Help Commemorate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryNashville, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will host its annual Tennessee’s History Festival October 19th-20th.

With a focus on Tennessee’s 216 years of statehood, the event blends education and entertainment, allowing school groups and families to experience day-to-day soldier life in history.  In year’s past, the festival has drawn more than 6,000 visitors to the park.

“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Mike Cole.  “Tennessee’s History Festival offers something for the entire family and all age groups.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Port Royal State Historic Park to Hold Anniversary Event September 29th

 

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryAdams, TN – Port Royal State Historic Park will host a ribbon-cutting event for exterior restorations of its 1859 Masonic Lodge building on September 29th, beginning at 10:00am. Free and open to the public, the anniversary event will also include 19th century living history opportunities, along with exhibits on the area’s tobacco culture and future plans for the park.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, other activities will include a 75th Anniversary presentation by State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and a presentation on Port Royal – its past, present and future. Attached is the initial communication we shared. «Read the rest of this article»

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Bledsoe Creek State Park to Hold Special Music Festival September 8th

 

Event Will Help Commemorate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryGallatin, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Bledsoe Creek State Park will host a special music festival on Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 11:00am through 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public.

“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Wayne Bomar. “The music festival is a great time to gather with friends, enjoy a day of music and it is the perfect opportunity to thank the Friends of Bledsoe Creek State Park for all their hard work and support.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee State Parks’ Traveling 75th Anniversary Exhibit Hits Road

 

Specially Designed Trailer Brings State Parks’ Unique History to Communities Across Tennessee

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill today announced the premiere of Tennessee State Parks’ new traveling anniversary exhibit that will take state parks’ unique history on the road.

Beginning this week, the traveling exhibit will tour state parks and various communities in honor of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary.  Enclosed in a colorful trailer emblazoned with Tennessee State Park images and logos, the exhibit interprets the origins and heritage of the park system.

Tennessee State Parks’ Traveling Trailer.

Tennessee State Parks’ Traveling Trailer.

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Tennessee State Parks First Hikes in Middle Tennessee

 

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryTennessee – Tennessee State Parks kicked off its 75th Anniversary at the start of the new year with a series of First Hikes all across the state.

Each state park hosted a First Hike to herald in 2012 and the beginning of Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary celebration.  While hikers had a variety of trail types, distances and interpretive programs to choose from – over the course of two days, approximately 900 participants came out to cover more than 115 miles during these First Hikes across Tennessee.

The following are the First Hike highlights for Middle Tennessee. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Tennessee State Parks Kick Off 75th Anniversary with First Hikes of the New Year

 

Tennessee State Parks 75th AnniversaryNashville, TN – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary and to kick off this year-long commemoration, each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the New Year.

“We are very excited to announce Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary and felt this series of First Hikes would be a fitting way to commence the various celebrations slated throughout the year and across the state,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Following the old Gaelic tradition of ‘first footing,’ the First Hikes are meant to encourage all Tennesseans to hit the trail and get 2012 started on the right foot.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Pickett State Park Dedicates New Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

 

November 4th Ceremony Commemorated the CCC’s Contributions to Tennessee; Memorial Statue Announced

Jamestown, TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke was joined by Tennessee State Parks, elected officials and members of the community on Thursday, November 4th, at Pickett State Park for the official dedication of the park’s new Civilian Conservation Corps Museum.

The museum features interpretative exhibits and artifacts, depicting the Civilian Conservation Corps’ contributions to Tennessee’s parks and natural areas, while recognizing the CCC’s extensive efforts across the country.  An interactive touch-screen exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to hear directly from former CCC workers, sharing their stories about their time working to construct Pickett State Park.  Developed by Tennessee State Parks, the museum is in the same location of the former park office, constructed by the CCC in the 1930s.  

Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke (center) joined former CCC workers from across the state, along with Tennessee State Parks officials, at Pickett State Park’s dedication of the new Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. (Photo by Terry Bonham)

Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke (center) joined former CCC workers from across the state, along with Tennessee State Parks officials, at Pickett State Park’s dedication of the new Civilian Conservation Corps Museum. (Photo by Terry Bonham)

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Environment and Conservation celebrates National Public Lands Day in Tennessee

 

Volunteerism protects, preserves shared natural resources

Tennessee State ParksNashville – The Department of Environment and Conservation invites the public to take part in volunteer activities across Tennessee in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

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National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day, volunteer stewardship event. Organizers seek to honor the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in protecting America’s public lands. Last year, more than 110,000 volunteers across the country built trails, planted trees and removed litter to improve America’s shared lands for all who visit them.

“Tennessee State Parks and the department’s Resource Management Division have a tradition of organizing a statewide volunteer effort in observance of National Public Lands Day,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke. “A number of state parks and natural areas will host volunteers throughout Tennessee, joining thousands across the country working to safeguard these lands not only for themselves, but for future generations.” «Read the rest of this article»

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