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@ 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.