Bring your family and friends of all ages to this FREE field trip! We're going for a family friendly day hike at the Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat (BEECH) at the Warren County Bridgestone Plant. Bridgestone's BEECH Program offers both indoor and outdoor learning activities for all ages! Go for the day, or bring your camping gear and stay the weekend at Rock Island State Park (interest depending).
This is an overcast or shine event. Participants will be notified if precipitation or temeratures are severe enough to postpone the outting.
When: Saturday, May 7th at 12:15pm (carpool) 2:00pm (Event Start)
Where: Warren County Bridgestone Plant
Cost: FREE and open to the public! Registration required.
Difficulty: This is a social event with easy walking
Children Policy: This is a family friendly event!
Dog Policy: Dogs not permitted on this event
ABOUT THE BEECH
Along the nature trail, a fallen log can provide an excellent lesson on life cycles: the broken nuts on top indicate that “someone” enjoyed lunch; the Lichen or green fungus provide nourishment, the Eastern Fence Lizard is well camouflaged for protection; and a variety of decomposers and other species find their home under the log. In the classroom, students learn first-hand about composting and planting seeds, and enjoy animal visitors like Steve the Snake.
What to Expect
All adults must register for this event. The Warren County Bridgestone Facility is a gated area, so we will need names for all participants entering.
12:15pm- Meet for carpool at (location included in confirmation email)
12:30pm- Arrange carpool groups (if desired) and head towards Morrison, TN
Be sure to bring lunch items for the road! 1:30pm- Arrive at Warren County Bridgestone Plant
2:00pm- Classroom Program
The BEECH Program offers a half hour to hour long classroom component in which children and adults learn about the various animals and live aqcuatic creatures in the classroom setting, including Steve the Snake, a live pet python. Children will receive a quick lesson on what they'll be looking for on the trail and receive clipboards with Scavenger Hunt items to look for on the trail.
2:45am- Enjoy an easy hike along the Nature Learning Trail
The nature learning trail takes you along a small dirt road covered with animal prints. Children scurry along the trail trying to identify the prints while being careful not to destroy any of the evidence! Participants then stop at the American Chestnut Tree grove where they learn about the American Chestnut and what Bridgestone is doing to help preserve them. We then hike along a flowery meadow discussing the various flowers, plants, and animals that live in the area. Before entering the woody trail, we stop at some bird boxes and learn about the nexting fowel. Along the trail we'll stop at a beautiful blooming lilly pond where frogs hop from pad to pad, a fallen log that serves as a habitat for many small creatures, and various fruit bearing trees and shurbs.
4:00pm (ish)- Conclude the hike and gather our stuff
4:30pm- For anyone interested, we'll stop at a great BBQ joint on our way towards the interstate. Rock Island Campers will caravan back to the park from the BBQ joint.
What to Bring
Be sure to wear close-toed shoes like tennis shoes or hiking boots. Children should wear clothes that are comfortable for the outside tempurature and are suitable for outdoor play (ie. they might get dirty!). Adults should bring plenty of hydration and snacks for along the trail. A small backpack is highly suggested. Cameras are recommended. Be sure to have a good breakfast before meeting for carpool.
This event is open to members and non-members! The BEECH program is located in a gated facility, so participants must register for this event. Upon registration, participants will receive carpool and driving directions!
WALK 100 MILES
This spring and summer Mayor Karl Dean challenges Nashville to Walk 100 miles! Join him on 28 scheduled Greenway walks between April and July, or walk on your own and log your miles!