Center for Cedar Glade Studies

On Friday afternoon, April 29, 2022.The annual Cedar Glade Roundtable brought together representatives from state and government agencies, conservation groups, universities, and other interested parties to discuss conservation and management updates about Middle Tennessee cedar glades. For more information about the Roundtable 2022 contact: Dr. Jeff Walck, email: jeffrey.walck@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8390

Please join us in 2023 for the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Festival, the evening of May 5 and  all day May 6, 2023 at Cedar of Lebanon State Park. All events will take place outside, weather permitting. There is not a food concession at the park, so bring snacks/food if you are planning to spend the day. Keep in mind extreme weather or excessive rain will cancel most activities. More information and the two-day schedule of events from 2022: Elsie Quarterman Festival Program 2022

Notes from the 2022 Festival: The Cedars of Lebanon Website gives you the OPTION to make a donation (which is fine, that money supports the park) but to register without a donation select $0. If you wish to preregister for the 3-hour hike on-line, scroll down the Events page toHike 1 and 2. The only workshop with a materials fee ($5) is "Paint a Coneflower." All other events are FREE.  

Friday, April 29, 2022, the Elsie Quarterman Cedar Glade Wildflower Evening Program was held at Cedar of Lebanon State Park from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the beautiful Cedar Forest Lodge (from the main entrance take a right at the fork in the road, park in the large lot next to the Cedar Forest Lodge and Nature Center). Light refreshments were provided by the Center for Cedar Glade Studies and Friends of Cedars of Lebanon. The evening program had two very interesting presentations, Dr. Elsie Quarterman's niece & nephew, Ann and Patrick Quarterman, shared stories and photograph's about their beloved aunt. The second presentation was by Tennessee Department of Conservation Archivist, Hobart Akin, who explained about the history of Cedars of Lebanon. The May 5, 2023 evening program is currently in the planning stages, email Kim.Sadler@mtsu.edu for more information or suggested speakers.

Saturday, April 30, 2022 we gathered for more fun! Registration for most events was not required except for the 3-hour morning (from 9 to noon) and afternoon (from 1 to 4) hikes, the 'Paint a Coneflower' workshop and 'Learn how to use Avenza, if ever lost in a State Park' workshop.  Registration for hikes was through the Cedars of Lebanon event link and also on site at the Cedar Forest Lodge on Friday, April 29, before the evening program at 7PM and resume at 8:30AM on Saturday, April 30. For more information about the May 6, 2023 weekend events contact: Dr. Kim Sadler, email: kim.sadler@mtsu.edu PH:615.904.8283.

Some of the events in 2022 included: bird-watching in the morning with Melissa Turentine, morning and afternoon hikes with botany professionals (Milo Pyne, Retired, Senior Scientist NaturServ; Sam King, TDEC Stewardship Ecologist: Holly Taylor, Associate State Naturalist). Native plant specialist Linda Robertson will lead a program about gardening with our beautiful native plants, showcasing the native plant garden at the Nature Center. Sharen Bracy will lead a native edible plants program and provided samples of her delicious jellies, juices, and dips. There are family-friendly activities that teach cool things about cedar glades led by MTSU and Park Staff. You will more about the geology of the glades from Ron Zurwaski, TN Department of Geology. Juli Eperjesi from Owls Hill will be back again with the magnificent Orion the owl to teach us about these incredible animals. Two other programs are a photography workshop by Darel Hess, an introduction to the Avenza app by Ranger Jesse which gets you "unlost" while hiking in a state park, and brought back by popular demand, 'Paint a Coneflower' session. Grab dinner in Lebanon or grill hotdogs at the park on your own, but plan to stay Saturday evening to call for owls with an Owl Prowl led by Cedars of Lebanon park rangers. 

If you have questions, contact Kim.Sadler@mtsu.edu PH: 615.904.8283, or contact Ranger Sarah Geeslin Sarah.Gesslin@tn.gov or call the park office which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PH: 615.444.4565 or 615.443.2769.

Limestone cedar glades are globally unique and fragile habitats found primarily in Middle Tennessee. Viewed historically as wastelands, they support a plant community of highly specialized species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.  (Slideshow photographs by Darel Hess.)