Category Archives: Trip Report

Salamanders and Kestrels and Raccoons, oh my!

Girls Outside saw all these creatures, or their evidence, and more last Sunday November 15 during our 1st – 3rd grade hike at Ijams Nature Center. After going over our Leave No Trace principles, 11 hikers and four guides were fortunate … Continue reading

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Older Girls Celebrate Fall with Arboretum Hike!

To celebrate the beginning of the Fall season, six excited 3rd – 5th grade girls set out with their trail guides to experience the amazing sights and smells of September at the UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Although a cloudy … Continue reading

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Brownies Find Flowers, Fungi, Swallows and Skinks

Last weekend six adventuring Brownie Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, and two Girls Outside guides hiked Ijams’ Meads Quarry and Ross Marble areas. The young hikers had eagle eyes and spotted so many neat things — almost immediately they sighted … Continue reading

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Beautiful Day for a Hike at Ijams

Finally! 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 … Continue reading

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Trip Report: Two Paths Diverged in a Yellow Wood

Although we were sorry we could not travel both, young hikers did find another gorgeous autumnal path on Sunday after learning Ijams Nature Center was closed. Nine intrepid hikers and their five adult guides took a stroll to the Key … Continue reading

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Trip Report: Girls Outside Beats the Heat at Ijams’ Mead’s Quarry

A hot and steamy September afternoon couldn’t keep our intrepid group of six 4-6th grade girls and four Girls Outside guides trapped indoors! Ijams’ Mead’s Quarry provided the perfect retreat. After a little getting to know you and some Leave No Trace … Continue reading

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Spectacular winter panoramas: River Bluff and High Ground Park

We had great weather for our February hike this year, with temperatures in the 60s and two new hiking areas to explore, both with great views of the city. Twelve girls, grades 4-6, and five Girls Outside Guides, including four … Continue reading

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