FREE Hike & Discussion: Earth Systems / Sustainable Practices Field Trip




2-4 PM, September 30, 2018

Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN

Iris Garden, Gravel Parking Lot (Turn Right in Hogan Rd Entrance and Right Into Gravel Drive)

Attend: Rain or Shine (If No Lightening) Sunday Field Tour - A field discussion outline and worksheet will be provided at the site.

Participate as our guest in a field assignment with a graduate class studying Earth Systems during a field tour. We will examine and talk about sustainable design practices that use Earth systems science knowledge to solve human impacts and restore natural functions.

On this tour you will see the following:

- a hardwood canopy forest restoration site (10+ years old)

- an understory forest restoration site (10+ years old)

- invasive plant removal sites (ongoing) and techniques for removal

- 9 "sustainability" engineered stormwater retention structures (10+ years old)

- a constructed wetland (10+ years old)

- riparian buffer restoration and permanent preservation easements (10+ years old)

- riparian streambank stabilization (10+ years old)

- a karst formation (sinkhole), urban agriculture, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation/metro Greenways/primitive trails/interpretation.

Cell Phone/Camera
Hiking Shoes
Field Suitable Attire
Repellent/Sunscreen/Cap/Sunglasses, etc.
Rain Gear if rain with no lightening
Directions and More Details:

Google Maps:,-86.749304/36.0636166,-86.7487527/@36.0641186,-86.7511333,516m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

Logistical Details: Enter into GPS the following address: 440 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN. Follow your GPS to the end of Hogan Rd where it intersects with Marchant Drive and cross it to enter the brick entrance/open iron gate. Turn right on the driveway just inside the gate and proceed to the first gravel lane on your right (100 yards). Park in the gravel lot. Meet the class under the trees where noted below.