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Mark your calendar for fall, winter events at Warriors Path

Holly Viers • Nov 8, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The weather may be cooling down, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at Warriors Path State Park.

The park has several activities planned for the coming weeks and months, all of which are being offered at little or no cost. A few events have already sold out, but some are still open to the public, including those listed below.

Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. — Autumn Tree Keys

Trees provide cool shade, fresh air, wildlife habitat and a colorful feast for the eyes. You can enjoy and appreciate trees without knowing their names, but it’s nice to be able to identify “old friends” on your forest walks.

At this event, participants will practice using a few different botanical keys to learn the names of native trees. Learning autumn trees by their leaves, bark, buds and more is a skill that can help you observe and better understand your “woody neighbors.” Besides gaining tree knowledge, each participant will take home a pamphlet key to local trees.

Come dressed for the weather and wear footwear suitable for outdoor wandering. Meet at the pool parking lot. There will be a small registration fee.

Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. — Smartphone Trail Navigation

Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for safe hiking or a way to get thoroughly lost in the woods. Learn to use your phone to navigate natural places and to mark and share your trails and discoveries.

You will also have the opportunity to assist Bays Mountain Park with its geo-mapping project. Before the event, participants will need to download the free Avenza Maps app and the 99-cent Warriors Path State Park map at the Avenza Maps map store.

Weather permitting, participants will spend most of the time out on the trail. Meet at the pool parking lot, come dressed for the weather and wear sturdy hiking boots. There will be a small registration fee.

Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. — 30th annual Winter Garden Seminar

Come discover your garden’s innate personality and encourage Tennessee’s nature to blossom. The guest speaker will be Margie Hunter, author of “Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.” She will share her wisdom and knowledge of native plants and their habits and habitats.

Hunter will explain the essential connection between natural communities and gardening. With native plants as primary components, gardens can be beautiful and also provide practical benefits. Your yard and garden can conserve resources, support wildlife and highlight regional differences through a sense of place.

Meet at the park’s recreation building. You must preregister for this event, and there will be a small registration fee to help cover expenses.

Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon — Adopt a Tree

You can make a big difference for the future by planting tomorrow’s forests. Your hard work will mean more wildlife homes, more natural beauty, more fresh air and more fun for future children, too.

At this annual event, you can help plant thousands of new trees at the park. For every tree seedling you plant, you will also get one to take home to plant in your own neighborhood. Be sure to come early, as supplies of trees are limited.

The park will have some digging tools, but you can also bring your own. Come dressed for the weather and be prepared to get your hands dirty. Follow signs from the park entrance to the tree distribution location.

For more information or to preregister for these events, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click on “Upcoming Events.”

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