In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks - including a pair of local parks - and state natural areas will host ranger-led hikes, volunteer projects and interpretive programs on Saturday.
From 8 until 10 a.m. Saturday, Cedars of Lebanon State Park Ranger Zach Tinkle will lead a two-mile hike around the open meadow that makes up the park's southern border. He will discuss the importance of meadow habitat and their historic prevalence in the Tennessee central basin. Participants are encouraged to bring water, footwear appropriate for hiking and clothing appropriate for the weather.
At Long Hunter State Park, volunteers are needed Saturday to help finish placing gravel on a 1/8-mile section of the Nature Loop Trail in Area 2. Volunteers should wear old clothing - jeans and long sleeves preferred - and closed-toe shoes as the project will include the use of wheelbarrows to move gravel. Bring gloves and bug repellant; water will be provided. Meet at the Nature Loop/Story Trail head in Area 2 at 9 a.m.
"As the Volunteer State, we hope all Tennesseans will consider joining us to take responsibility for the beautiful lands we get to call home," said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. "This day of service helps to improve the condition and splendor of our public lands for the greater enjoyment of all who care to visit or live here."