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Next Canoe Float/Program Schedule will be posted August 1st

Due to our Jr. Ranger Intern Program the next Canoe Float/Program Schedule will be posted by the end of the day on August 1st.

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July 4th Canoe Floats at Radnor Lake
6am July 4th Pix by Karen Bird 2017

22 park visitors attended two floats by the park ranger staff this morning at Radnor Lake  (6am and 8am) to kick-off the 4th of July Holiday.  Interpretive canoe floats at Radnor Lake run thru Labor Day with our next round of ranger-led floats to be posted by the end of the day on Thursday, July 6th. [caption id="attachment_6892" align="alignnone" width="300"] 6am July 4th Pix by Ranger Paul Schauer 2017[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6890"

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Birds of Prey Training at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake (June 27th and 28th, 2017)
BJMAEC Aviary Training June 2017. Pix by S. Ward

On June 27th and 28th, 2017 the Radnor Lake Staff participated in two days of birds of prey training by our partners at Wings to Soar. 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 3+ years. Wings to Soar is a non-profit organization that cares for and educates with

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Special Volunteer Day on June 26, 2017
June 26th, 2017 TN Promise at Radnor Lake SNA. Pix by S.Ward

On Monday, June 26th Radnor Lake hosted a special volunteer day (8am-4pm) for Tennessee Promise Students to acquire their community service required hours.   These 21 volunteers worked with the park ranger staff on mulching the Lake Trail via wheelbarrow and on a restoration/clean-up project at our Caretaker Residence at Radnor Lake.   Special thanks to Friends of Radnor Lake for providing gloves, bottled water and lunch (Pizza from

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Tennessee Promise Volunteer Day at Radnor Lake State Natural Area (June 24th, 2017)
TN Promise Vol Day June 24t, 2017. Pix by Steve Ward

On Saturday, June 24th over 65 volunteers came to Radnor Lake to work with the park ranger staff as part of our Monthly Volunteer Trail Day at Radnor Lake. These 65+ volunteers worked on mulching the East Lake Trail-North Ganier Ridge portions of the trails via wheelbarrow at Radnor Lake.  This was also part of Tennessee State Parks Statewide effort today to help students achieve their community service hours for TN Promise requirement hours.

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Information for Saturday, June 24th Volunteer Day
NTD Volunteer Day Pix by Paul Schauer

Due to the forecast for this Saturday, park management will make the decision to cancel by 7:30am.  Please call the Visitor Center to find out the status at 7:30am.  615-373-3467   Also, to provide an extra opportunity to assist students in obtaining their Tennessee Promise community service hours, Radnor Lake State Natural Area Staff will be providing an additional work day to assist students in obtaining these hours on Monday, June 26th

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Jr Ranger Intern Program Session 1
Jr Ranger Session #1 2017 Pix by Steve Ward

Our much anticipated Junior Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake kicked off on Monday, June 12th with 13 interns working with the park staff on numerous projects around the natural area.  Now in our 15th year of this program, the Jr. Ranger Intern Program creates an opportunity for participants to work with state park rangers on trail projects at Radnor Lake, increase their exposure to environmental education programs and gain an insight into

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Green Heron at Radnor Lake
Green Heron on Nest Pix 2017 by Don Horne

Picture above by Don Horne Recently, photographers have been spending long hours observing and trying to capture photos of the secretive Green Heron nesting on the Radnor Lake Dam near the west parking lot. The individual was noticed nesting in a Red Maple on May 13th;  the eggs typically take 19-21 days for incubation.  Photographers believe there are four to five eggs in the nest and with it being 21 days since the nest had been spotted the hatchling

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National Trails Day 2017
NTD Volunteer Day Pix at BJMAEC by S.Ward June 2nd, 2017

As part of a statewide effort with Tennessee State Parks, Radnor Lake celebrated National Trails Day by hosting several programs and volunteer activities for park visitors, turning National Trails Day into a 3-day event for 2017.   On Friday morning, over 25 volunteers came out to Radnor Lake to work with Ranger Paul Schauer and Ranger Will Peters on trails projects ranging from mulching the Lake Trail via wheelbarrow to installing rip rap rock

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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
Black Bellied Whistling Duck.  Picture by Bob Belser

Picture Above by Bob Belser On May 20th 2017, a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was documented on Radnor Lake for the first time by Larry Hollon. Occasionally, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks wander from their breeding grounds during migration due to extreme weather or inexperience of migration. Within the United States, this species of whistling duck is typically found in Texas and Louisiana where marshes and swamps are plentiful. The Radnor Lake individual

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