Monthly Archives: January 2016

Reconstruction Project of the Historic Valve House Trail
MTSU Class at Radnor Lake on January 30th, 2016. Pix by Steve Ward

Geography students from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) participated in ongoing research at Radnor Lake  State Natural Area (RLSNA).  MTSU has been involved in several research efforts at Radnor over the past decade or so.  These efforts include recording and preserving oral histories/geographies of the lake area, historical field work including the documentation of historic farmsteads and settlement patterns and developing historic trails

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First Snow at Radnor Lake 2016
Jan. 22nd Snow Pix at Radnor Lake by Steve Ward 2016

Radnor Lake State Natural area is open normal hours (6am-5:15pm-dark) today, however there is no power on the eastside of the park. Rangers are out on the trails, here are a few pixs from the ranger staff this morning as we currently have 5-6 inches of snow on the ground. Park office is closed for business due to the weather/safety of our staff and our volunteer day scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 23rd, 2016) is cancelled.  More information will be

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Volunteer Day – Cancelled
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Volunteer Day scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd has been cancelled.  Our next Volunteer Day will be Saturday, February 27th.

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Birds of Prey Training at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (January 2016)
John Stokes (Wings to SOAR), Ranger Dustin Crowell and Ranger Paul Schauer at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center.  Picture by Steve Ward

Friends of Radnor Lake and the Barbara J. Mapp Foundation funded five days of training for the park ranger staff and seasonal staff at Radnor Lake on January 4th thru 12th, 2016.   This training was conducted by Dale Kernahan and John Stokes with the non-profit organization, Wings to Soar who have worked with the ranger staff at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake over the past 18 months.   Wings to Soar is a

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New Years Day Hike at Radnor Lake (11am Hideaway Hike) on Jan. 1st, 2016
New Years Day First HIke 2016. Pix by Ranger Will Peters

First Hike Series: New Year’s Day Hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area On January 1st at 11am, 22 park visitors attended an off-trail hike lead by Ranger Will Peters and Ranger Paul Schauer.   This hike focused on one of the newest acquired ridgetops near Dyer Observatory that was acquired in 2014 in a partnership between the State of Tennessee, Friends of Radnor Lake and the Land Trust for Tennessee which resulted in 63.5 acres added to the

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New Years Eve Hike at Radnor Lake SNA Dec. 31st, 2015
New Years Eve Hike to Harris Ridge 2 by Wade Punch Dec. 31st, 2015

14th Annual New Year’s Eve Hike at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. On December 31st, 2015,  31 park visitors joined Park Manager Steve Ward and Park Ranger Sam King for a midnight hike to the newest acquired ridgetop at Radnor Lake State Natural Area. Acquired in 2015, this 17 acre addition along the southern boundary above Franklin Road was the destination of the hike on New Years Eve thanks to the partnership between the State of Tennessee

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