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Memorial Day Program Schedule
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Unless otherwise noted, reservations for activities open at 10am on the Monday before the program and will be taken until it is full. Program registration is first come, first serve and there are no waiting list, nor early registration before the posted date for our interpretive programs. Please call 373-3467 to sign up. Deaf or Hearing Impaired Visitors please contact Park Manager Steve Ward for sign language assistance for any of our programs at

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Please Do Not Disturb the Fawns
#1 Doe with Fawn on Lake by Charlie Tallent

Picture above by Charlie Tallent DO NOT DISTURB Have you seen a fawn on your hike or in your yard? White-tailed deer often protect their young from predators such as dogs or coyotes by hiding them in a variety of areas. The fawn is often left for periods of time by the doe(mother); this is normal. Regardless of what you have been told or heard, the mother is not dead or has not abandoned the fawn. The doe leaves the immediate area for up to several

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Wildfire Update April 7, 2017
April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

On Wednesday, April 5th a wildfire occurred along the Ganier Ridge Trail at Radnor Lake. Approximately 1 acre burned in the area adjacent to bench #41 with tree tops on fire as high as 30 feet. Wind gust of 40 mph and the remote location of this wildfire created some challenges for the ranger staff and other responders working in the dark to ensure it did not get outside the fire containment area.   Metro Fire Dept, Metro Police, Metro Parks

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Motlow College visits Radnor Lake Aviary
Motlow College visits Radnor Lake Aviary.  Picture by Kevin Fitch

On April 4, 2017, Motlow College Environmental Science Students participated in a field trip to the Radnor Lake State Natural Area (Barbara J. Mapp) Aviary Education Center to learn about the biology of Tennessee's birds of prey and reptiles and amphibians.  Ranger Dustin Crowell lead the trip, providing expert guidance regarding the State's animal populations.  Ranger Crowell has been at Radnor Lake for four years and has been involved in raptor

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Junior Ranger Intern Program 2017
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Our much anticipated Junior Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake will be held again this summer for youth ages 12-18 years old.  This 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 natural resource protection. This is a labor intensive collaborative effort between the Friends of Radnor Lake, the

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Volunteer Trail Day at Radnor Lake (March 25th, 2017)
South Cove Trail Exotic Plant Removal March 25th, 2017. Pix by Matthew Bowling

Pictured Above:  South Cove Trail Exotic Plant Removal March 25th, 2017.  Picture by Matthew Bowling   Over 100 volunteers came to Radnor Lake to work with the park ranger staff on trail projects and removing invasive-exotic plants.  Volunteers worked with Ranger Matthew Bowling on the South Cove Trail pulling invasive-exotic bush honeysuckle along the ridgetop.   Ranger Paul Schauer worked with volunteers mulching the Lake Trail via

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Spring Bird Identification Classes at Radnor Lake
Northern Cardinal by Don Horne

Spring Birdsong Workshop:  April 12, 19, 26 & May 3   Introduction to Tenn. Birds:  May 10, 17, 24 & 31   This spring Richard Connors will be offering two bird identification classes at Radnor Lake S.N.A.   The first class is a spring birdsong workshop. This class is designed for those who have had a beginning class, or already have some basic knowledge of our birds. Emphasis will be on bird identification by song as well

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March 11th, 2017 Snow at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward

Radnor Lake State Natural Area received over two inches of snow on Saturday, March 11th.  Pictures below were taken from our Lake Trail. [caption id="attachment_6701" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6700" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6699" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th,

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Radnor Lake State Natural Area Weed Wrangle on March 4th, 2017
Radnor Lake Weed Wrangle March 4th, 2017 by Ranger Will Peters (2)

30 volunteers came to Radnor Lake on March 4th to assist Ranger Will Peters and seasonal staff remove invasive-exotic plants along the South Cove Trail as part of Weed Wrangle on March 4th, 2017.  Volunteers worked to remove the primary invasive-exotic plant found at Radnor Lake (bush honeysuckle) along the ridgetop areas, piling pulled plants into piles for wildlife habitat and future management of this area by the Radnor Lake Ranger Staff.  

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Radnor Lake State Natural Area Presrcribed Burn on March 3rd, 2017
March 3rd, 2017 Prescribed Burn at Radnor Lake SNA. Pix by Steve Ward

Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas and Tennessee State Parks conducted a prescribed burn at Radnor Lake State Natural Area on Friday, March 3rd.   Thanks to this partnership, 15 acres of the Radnor Lake State Natural Area area in the Hall Farm were safely burned to help the park staff achieve it's resource management goal of restablishing this area back to native grasses which provides

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