We finally did it! Sunshine and Girls Outside at the UT Arboretum.

 

P1010287Well, you know what they say, “Third times the charm.”  After two previous attempts were rained out for hiking at the UT Arboretum, 9 intrepid young ladies and four adult women hike guides participated in last Sunday’s Girls Outside hike.  After practicing our reading skills and discussing the Leave No Trace Principles the girls were ready to practice what they learned.  Each girl also received a plastic tag with these principles to keep.

 

P1010268The weather was glorious, and the girls’ explorer spirits were infectious!   Our resident documentarian filled five post it notes with observations and discoveries including mangrove trees, beech trees, Cumberland Mountains, sedimentary rock, acorns, walnuts, moss, fungus, bark, and scat!  We hiked about two miles in total up and over a ridge, and mostly through the lovely woods the whole way.  P1010311For more pictures click here.

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Chart new territory with Girls Outside! Hike for grades 1 – 3 Sunday March 29 2 – 4pm.

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Come along as we explore new territory at the UT Arboretum on Sunday March 29 from 2 – 4pm.   This hike is a free event for girls in grades 1 – 3.  All hikers must be registered by Thursday March 26 and have a completed health history form on file with Girls Outside in order to participate (information below).

This hike is now full.  To be placed on a WAIT LIST CLICK HERE.

The UT Arboretum is 15 minutes from West Knoxville.  A project of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources Research and Education Center, it is free and open to the public.  It is a wonderful place for young explorers to see over 800 species of plants, and the history of land use in our area.

On our hike, we will cover approximately 2 miles on as many as five different trails.  Be sure to look for “trees with knees” as we start out on the White Pine Trail and Marsh Area.  Further along on Rock Pile lead we’ll look for evidence of early settlers tied to the name of this trail.  We will end up back where we started and extra time can be used to explore the Visitor’s Center Wildflower Garden.

When:  Sunday March 29 2 – 4pm.

Where:  Meet at the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot (the only parking lot) at the UT Arboretum.  Location map.  Address:  901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Who:  Hike Leader is Lisa Silverman.  Registration details and questions will be handled by Miriam Davis.  The hike is open to girls in grades 1 – 3.  Every G.O. hike has at least four women volunteer chaperones, eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation. The minimum number of hikers is usually six, and the maximum is 12.

Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file with Girls Outside. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes within the same calendar year, so you only have to fill it out once, unless the health history has changed, in which case a new form must be completed.

Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring water and light snacks.

While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.

Sorry there is no rain date.

These hikes are free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing ourgirlsoutside.org link and this pdf flyer.  To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

Email: knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com

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Beautiful Day for a Hike at Ijams

VP1VP6Finally! A taste of spring in East Tennessee. 1st-3rd girls enjoyed our first Girls Outside hike of the spring on Saturday, March 7, in the woods and along the river at Ijams Nature Center. We began the hike with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson on the seven Leave No Trace principles, which the girls received on plastic hang tags to take home. Trails were wet and muddy but the clear skies and sunshine buoyed spirits. Best finds of the afternoon: a large toad sun itself in a forest pond and a sleeping bat in one of the caves by the river. Four experienced women hikers accompanied the girls. We hiked about two miles in total before landing back at the Visitor Center with lots to tell parents and caregivers when we returned. Click here to see the full set of photos.

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Welcome Spring! Hike for Grades 1-3 on March 7

River Trail at Ijams Nature Center

River Trail at Ijams Nature Center

*This hike is now full.

Join us to celebrate the return of spring on Saturday, March 7, on a hike for girls in grades 1-3. We’re thinking positively that it will be here by then! The hike will take place from 2-4 p.m. on the trails at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. The hike is free, but girls must be registered. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

This two-to-three mile hike will begin with a loop on the River Trail, which takes us through lush forests to panoramic views of the Tennessee River. We will also hike other Ijams’ Discovery Trails, which meander between the Home Site, the Tennessee River and Ijams’ Lotus Pond. We will look and listen for woodland birds, such as nuthatches, woodpeckers and wrens, and perhaps we will get lucky and spot the resident barred owl.

When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 7
Where: Meet in front of Ijam’s Visitor Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville 37920

Hike leader is Catherine Crawley. Here’s a link to the pdf flyer.

Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file with Girls Outside. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes within the same calendar year, so you only have to fill it out once, unless the health history has changed, in which case a new form must be completed.

Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring water and light snacks.

While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.

Every G.O. hike has at least four women volunteer chaperones, eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation. The minimum number of hikers is usually six, and the maximum is 12.

Sorry there is no rain date.

These hikes are free! Help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing ourgirlsoutside.org link and this pdf flyer. To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

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Brownies & Juniors Ready to Hit the Trail!

Girls Outside Guides in green shirts, Kelly (L) and Lisa (R) with Episcopal School of Knoxville Brownies & Juniors!

Girls Outside Guides in green shirts, Kelly (L) and Lisa (R) with Episcopal School of Knoxville Brownies & Juniors!

Last week Girls Outside guides Kelly and Lisa visited with Episcopal School of Knoxville Brownies and Juniors to talk about hiking! The troop of 3rd and 4th graders met outside on the wooded school grounds where they helped Lisa pack her hiking backpack — healthy snacks, layers, hat and water, check! So sorry, stuffed Ernie and pet rock, you must stay home! Then, the girls discussed the principles of outdoor ethics called Leave No Trace, impressing their GO guides with their knowledge by giving great examples of what to do and what to not do to care for our special outdoor places. The girls also shared about their favorite things to do outside — high on the list was playing with friends, looking for animals, and also playing in the mud! These girls are more than ready to hike now, and finished off their meeting with a short jaunt around the school nature trail and some trail mix snacks. They hope to join in a Girls Outside hike this spring to complete their Girl Scout Hiker badge. More photos from the fun meeting available here!

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Daisies Find Birds at Carl Cowan Park

Daisies testing out binoculars

Daisies testing out binoculars

Last week Girls Outside took their “Introduce a Girl to Bird Watching” program to Blue Grass Elementary’s Daisy Girl Scout Troop. The group met at Carl Cowan Park in West Knoxville, on the Tennessee River, to learn about Leave No Trace and the joy of bird watching. The girls helped unpack Kelly’s bird watching bag to reveal healthy snacks, water, a bird guide, an extra layer, and a camera — all useful items for a day out hiking and looking for birds! Then girls got to try out binoculars and took a short bird walk around the park where they found Blue Jays, Carolina Chickadees, fall warblers and vireos hopping around in the trees and shrubs. Several daisies from this troop will be joining us on our Nov 1 hike at the UT Arboretum in order to complete the requirements for their Brownie Hiker Badge, which they will get when the bridge to the Brownie Girl Scout level soon. More great photos from the adventure at Carl Cowan park available here!

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1st – 3rd Grade Girls to Branch Out on November 1

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This hike is now full, but if you’d like to be included on our waiting list, send us an email at knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com

Girls Outside’s youngest explorers have the opportunity to inaugurate the UT Arboretum as the next Girls Outside hike location on November 1 from 1 – 3 pm.   Click here for a description of this “outdoor classroom” and here for the location and map to the site.

In addition to offering well maintained easy to navigate trails through a variety of habitats, the UT Arboretum’s trails are designed to teach and highlight ecological points of interest. The mix of habitat types and variety of tree species make this an ideal location for finding birds and enjoying vibrant fall colors.

We’ll be doing about 2 miles of hiking through the arboretum from Old Kerr Hollow Rd to Arboretum Drive. From there we will make our way to the Program Shelter. Then we’ll take the Heath cove trail shortcut and then take Valley Road back.
When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, November 1.
Where: Meet in the parking lot for the UT Arboretum just past the Visitor Center:  901 S. Illinois Ave.  Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Hike leader is Miriam Davis.  Click here for the flyer for this hike!!

Please remember that each hiker must have a completed Health History Record on file. Your child’s immunization record is required as part of the form, and this can be obtained from your pediatrician. You can scan and email the form to knoxgirlsoutside@gmail.com before the hike or bring the completed form on the day of the hike. This form will be kept on file for future hikes, so you only have to fill it out once.

Each hike begins with a fun get-to-know-you game and a brief lesson, from Leave No Trace principles to fun historical facts about the trail and everything in between. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, closed toe sturdy shoes, and bring water and light snacks.

While the mission of Girls Outside is to enjoy nature, we also hope these outings foster independence and so we encourage parents to let their girls do the hike on their own as a part of the group. Remember to leave electronic devices at home to better enjoy time in nature.

Every G.O. hike has at least four women volunteer chaperones eager to share their passion for the outdoors with the next generation. The minimum number of hikers is usually six, and the maximum is 12.

These hikes are free and the entire organization is run by volunteers!  To learn more about how to help support Girls Outside’s mission to get girls outside see our Give page.  In addition, you can help us spread the word or invite a friend’s child by sharing our girlsoutside.org link and this Nov. 1st flyer. To see the fun we have on our hikes, visit our photo gallery on Facebook.

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