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March 28th, 2019 – “Growing Up! Gardening In–And On–The Urban Landscape” with Troy Marden, author and host of ‘Volunteer Gardener’


March 21st, 2019 – “The Story of the Jefferson Creek Pocket Park” with Gary Gaston, Chief Executive Officer at Nashville Civic Design Center


March 14th, 2019 – “Water Recreation 101: Welcome to the Paddler’s Paradise!” with a panel of region recreation experts


February 28th, 2019 – “TN H2O: Tennessee Roadmap to Securing the Future of Our Water Resources” with Elaine Boyd of TDEC, Mike Butler of Tennessee Wildlife Federation and Mark Hilty from the City of Franklin


February 21st, 2019 – “Saving the Streamside Salamander, and Ephemeral Stream Specialist” with Nicole Witzel, Tennessee State University


February 14th, 2019 – “New Discoveries and Lessons of the Past at Mound Bottom State Archaeological Area, Harpeth River State Park” with Aaron Deter-Wolf, Prehistoric Archaeologist, TN Division of Archaeology and Lisa Housholder, Ranger with Harpeth River State Park


February 7th, 2019 – “The Language of Water” with Sandy Coomer, Poet, Author of ‘Rivers Within US’


January 31, 2019 – “Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey” with John Guider, Photographer and Will Pedigo, Producer


January 24, 2019 – “Root Nashville: The City’s Ambitious Tree Planting Campaign” with panel of speakers from the Root Nashville Campaign


January 17, 2019 – “Trail Cameras For Everyone: Backyard Photography While You Sleep” with Gil Lackey Outdoor Editor, Writer and Photographer


November 1, 2018 – “Ancient Shellfishing On The Cumberland, CA. 6,000 – 1,000 BC” with with Aaron Deter-Wolf, Prehistoric Archaeologist, TN Division of Archaeology


October 25, 2018 – “Stormwaater Retrofits In Nolensville That Improve Water Quality And Enhance Science Education” with Steve Casey, Principal at Civil and Environmental Consultants


October 18, 2018 – “Emerald Ash Borer in Nashville” with Naomi Rotramel, Urban Forestry Program Manager, Metro Nashville


October 11, 2018 – “The Chestnut Group: Plein Air Painter For Land And Water Conservation” with Jane Coble and Tiffany Foss, The Chestnut Group


October 4, 2018 – “Why Protecting Middle Tennessee’s Land And Waters Is Critical For Migratory Birds” with Laura Cook, Warner Park Nature Center BIRD Program


September 27, 2018 – “Beyond Politics: The private Governance Response to Climate Change” with Michael Vandenbergh and Jonathan Gilligan, Vanderbilt University


September 20, 2018 – “Resilient Nashville: An Overview of Nashville’s Resilience Strategy” with Anne Havard, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Office of the Mayor


September 13, 2018 – “Asian Carp in Tennessee Waters” with David Roddy, TWRA Statewide Hatcheries & Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator


May 3, 2018 – “The Cumberland: Superhighway Through History” with Dr. Graham Perry, Curator at the Tennessee State Museum


April 26, 2018 – “RIVIVE Nashville! Increasing Water Steardship Through Public Art” with Nicholle Gerde, Project Manager of RIVIVE! and Aaron Doenges of Wade Sound Project


April 19, 2018 – “Stream Friendly Spring Gardening” with Peter Grimaldi, Vice President of Gardens and Facilities at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens


April 12, 2018 – “Building Resilient Communities In The Face Of Extreme Weather” with Dr. Mark Abkowitz, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University


April 5, 2018 – “More Plastic Than Fish: Tennessee’s Litter and the Global Trashing Of Our Waters” with Dr Marge Davis, President of Scenic Tennessee


March 29, 2018 – “The Cumberland Compact” with Paul Clements, Historian


March 15, 2018 – “Nashville’s Mass Transit Plan: Is It Good For The Environment?” panel from the Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville Mayor’s Office, and Cumberland Region Tomorrow


March 8, 2018 – “Talking Trees, People and Nashville: A Tale of Urban Forestry in the City” with Dr. De’Etra Young, Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University


March 1, 2018 – “Invasive Plants in Riparian Zones: Identification and Control Considerations” with Kitty MacCracken, Ecosystem Management Coordinator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory


February 22, 2018 – “Environmental Impacts of Urban Agriculture” with Lauren Bailey, Garden Director at the Nashville Food Project


February 8, 2018 – “Climate Change Primer” with Kathleen Biggins and Harriette Brainard from C-Change Conversations


February 1, 2018 – “Mysterious Ruins on the Water: Stories of Tunnels and Other Curiosities” with Tony Gonzalez, Reporter with Nashville Public Radio


January 25, 2018 – “Aquatic Biodiversity in Tennessee” with Jonathon Burr, Director of Field Operations with the Division of Water Resources at Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation


November 16, 2017 – “Restoring our Watersheds with Innovative BMP’s” with Gary Mryncza, Senior Vice President of KCI


 November 09, 2017 – “Taking Care Of Your Neighborhood  Water” discussion with Cumberland River Compact Staff on ways you can protect our waterways at home and in your neighborhood.


November 02, 2017 – “What To Do Now: Protecting Tennessee’s Clean Water and Special Places Through Citizen Advocacy” with Amanda Garcia, Southern Environmental Law Center and Sally Palmer, The Nature Conservancy


 October 26, 2017 – “Centennial Park: A Public Ecology” discussion and walking tour with Chris Barkley, partner Hodgson Douglas Landscape Architects


October 19, 2017 – “Mansker’s Station: The Settlers, What They Did, and What We Do” with Bill Maddox, Historic Interpreter, Mansker’s Station


October 12, 2017 – “Sustainable Brewing with Founder of Little Harpeth” with Michael Kwas, Founder of Little Harpeth Brewing


October 5, 2017 – “All About Hellbenders: Conserving Tennessee’s Largest Salamander” with Dr. Bill Sutton, Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University


September 28, 2017 – “Targeted Grazing along the Cumberland River” with Zach Richardson, Owner and Urban Shepherd at The Chew Crew and Sonia Allman, Strategic Communications Manager at Metro Water Services


May 11, 2017 – “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print” film screening.


 May 4, 2017 – “On the Farm.  Necessity is The Mother of Invention” with Karen Overton, owner of Wedge Oak Farm.


April 27, 2017 – “Mayor Barry’s Sustainability Initiatives” with the subcommittee chairs for each of Livable Nashville’s five focus areas:  Natural Resources, Climate and Energy, Green Buildings, Waste Reduction, and Recycling and Mobility.


April 20, 2017 – “Foodscaping:  Cultivating for Cooking and Conservation” with David Wells of Henosis and Jeremy Lekich of Nashville Foodscapes.


April 13, 2017 – “Discover Nashville’s Wild Side with the City Nature Challenge.”


 April 6, 2017 – “Stories Beneath Our Feet:  Ancient Civilizations of the Cumberland River” with Kevin E. Smith, Middle Tennessee State University Professor of Anthropology.


 March 30, 2017 – “Soil Health:  How Tennessee is Leading the Nation” with US Department of Agriculture Resource Biologist Jenny Adkins.


March 23, 2017 – “Conserving Tennessee’s Native Bats” with Josh Campbell, Wildlife Diversity Coordinator.


March 16, 2017 – “Reflections on Donelon’s Journey of Destiny” with photographer and author John Guider.


March 9, 2017 – “Lost Rivers” Documentary Film Movie Screening


March 2, 2017 – “Restoring Forgotten Ecosystem:  The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative”


February 23, 2017 – “Will the Water Run Out?” with Bob Freudenthal, Executive Director of the TN  Association of Utility Districts.


February 16, 2017 – “The Adventure II Project: The 1976 Reenactment of John Donelson’s Voyage” with John Carter, founder of Alianca da Terra


February 9, 2017 – “Conservation in the Brazilian Amazon: Private Landowners Taking a Stand Through Alianca da Terra” with John Carter, founder of Alianca da Terra


October 20, 2016 – “Short Mountain: Past, Present, Future” with Neal Appelbaum, Executive Director, Arts Center in Cannon County


October 13, 2016 – Film Screening – “Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon” wtih Eric Byford, Owner of Beard Force Films


September 22, 2016 – “From Green to Gold: Building a LEED Certified Home” with Steve Rick, Principal of Street Dixon Rick


September 15, 2016 “Wildlife Corridors: Strategies to Restore and Preserve Biodiversity in Tennessee” with Cumberland River Compact, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter.


September 8, 2016 “Middle Tennessee and the War of 1812” with Dr. Tom Kanon, Archivist at the Tennessee State Library & Archives


June 2, 2016 – “Painting the Nature of the Cumberland River – An American Legacy” with artist and author Larry Richardson


June 16, 2016 – “Building Green and Complete Streets: Smart Design, Innovative Design Teams, and Working With the Community” with Mark Macy, Director, Public Works  and Kim Hawkins, Principal, Hawkins Partners, Inc.


June 23, 2016 – “The Special Bridge Program: Tennessee’s Toll Bridges, 1927-1947” with Dr. Tammy Allison Sellers, Historic Preservation Program Manager at the Tennessee Department of Transportation


May 26, 2016 – “Coal Ash Conversations:  How our Region’s Energy Impacts the Cumberland River” with Anne Davis, Managing Attorney of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Nashville office


May 19, 2016 – “Strange Lifestyles of Aquatic Critters” with Don Hubbs, Mollusk Recovery Coordinator with TWRA’s Environmental Services Division


May 12, 2016 – Film Screening – “Racing Extinction”


April 28, 2016 – “Water Management in the Cumberland River Basin” with Ben Rohrbach, Chief of Hydrology and Hydraulics, Nashville District, Corps of Engineers


March 3, 2016“Man and River History” = with John Cooper, Captain, Boatwright, and Teacher


February 25, 2016“Nashville Zoo – Conservation and Collaboration for TN Native Aquatic Biodiversity” with Dale McGinnity, Curator of Ectotherms at the Nashville Zoo


February 18, 2016“The Cumberland Country During the Revolutionary War” with Paul Clements, local historian and author of “Chronicles of the Cumberland Settlements 1779-1796”


February 11, 2016 “Lost Rivers” Movie Screening


February 9, 2016“From Shell Middens to May Town Center and Beyond:  A Brief History and Description of Current Activities in Bells Bend” – with Kathleen Wolff, Beaman Park to Bells Bend Conservation Corridor Treasurer, Barry Sulkin, Environmental Scientist, and Sarah Nathan, reporter and photographer


February 4, 2016“Conserving Land Through a Revival of Traditional Burial Practices” with John Christian Phifer, Executive Director of  Larkspur


January 28, 2016“Composting:  Recycling’s Next Frontier” with Clay Ezell, President of The Compost Company


November 5, 2015 – “An Evening of Bourbon and Fly Fishing Conversations” with Jim Mauries, Owner of Fly South Nashville


October 28, 2015 – “Thirty Years of Conserving Hidden Southeastern Biodiversity” with Pat Rakes, Co- Director of Conservation Fisheries, Inc.


October 22, 2015 – “What to Expect Cruising the Cumberland River” with Bob Duthie, CEO and founder of Duthie Learning


October 21, 2015 – “Controversy on the Cumberland River in Nashville, 1827-1861: the Great Battle between Tennessee Abolitionists and Defenders of Negro Slavery” with Bobby L. Lovett, retired TSU professor of history


October 14, 2015 – “Fort Nashborough and the Westward Movement” with Sam Compton, President of the Boone Society


October 8, 2015 – “Become Like Little Children for Successful Creek Restoration” with faculty and staff from Lipscomb Elementary


September 23, 2015 – “In with the Natives, Out with the Invasives” with Steve Manning, Owner of Invasive Plant Control and Kevin Guenther, landscape architect with Ragan-Smith Associates


September 16, 2015 – “Beneath the Muddy Waves” with Allen Forkum, Editor and Publisher of the Nashville Retrospect


September 9, 2015 – “Waterfalls of Middle Tennessee” with photographer Byron Jorjorian


May 30, 2015 – Bob Brown Outing – Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Hike


May 28, 2015 – “New Engineering for Old Designs” with Rebecca Dohn, LEED AP, Metro Nashville Water, Stormwater Services and Steve Casey, Senior Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.


May 21, 2015 – “Solving the Land Conservation Puzzle: Methods and Challenges” with presenters from Metro Parks, The Land Trust for Tennessee, the Nature Conservancy and Swan Conservation Trust


May 7, 2015 – “History of the Cumberland: Where are the Women?” with Carole Bucy, professor of history at Volunteer State


April 25, 2015 – Bob Brown Outing – Stillhouse Hollow Falls Hike


April 24, 2015 – “Old-Time Tennessee Mountain Music” with Bob Fulcher, Park Manager of the Cumberland Trail State Park and State Scenic Trail


April 23, 2015 – “The Floods Have Come Again” with Allen Forkum, Editor and Publisher of The Nashville Retrospect


April 11, 2015 – Bob Brown Outing – Stones River Farm Hike


April 9, 2015 – “Historic Stones River Corridor” with Robert Brandt, author of Natural Nashville


April 2, 2015 – “Green Roofs: From the Bottom Up” with Mike Berkley, of GroWild Inc., and Houston Herbert of RD Herbert & Sons


April 1, 2015 – Bob Brown Outing – “Return of the Bob Hike!”


March 31, 2015 – “Fort Nashborough: Past, Present, and Future” with David Currey, Principal of Encore Interpretive Design, historian Paul Clements, Tim Walker, executive director of Metro Historical Commission, and Chris Koster, Riverfront Park planner.


March 26, 2015 – “Spring Wildflowers of Middle Tennessee” with Roger McCoy, Director, TDEC Division of Natural Resources


March 12, 2015 – “The Ryman Diaries: A Theatre Production” with Debbie Watts and Tom Dolan


February 26, 2015 –  “Climate Change and Middle Tennessee” with Channel 4 meteorologist Paul Heggen


February 19, 2015 –  “Bob Brown Series: Waterfalls of Middle Tennessee” with nature photographer Byron Jorjorian.


February 12, 2015 – “The River Inside: The Journey to Complete the Great Loop” with photographer and author John Guider


February 5, 2015 – “Nashville Baseball Returning to Its Roots”  with Michelle Barbero and Ron Gobbell of Gobell & Hays Partners Inc.


November 19, 2014 – “Agriculture and Our Water” with John Patrick, Owner, Foggy Hollow Farm


November 14, 2014 – Film Screening – “Straight Up: Tennessee Whiskey” with Eric Byford, Owner, Beard Force Films


November 6, 2014 – “The Cumberland River, Avenue for Middle Tennessee in the Civil War” with Greg Biggs


October 29, 2014 – Film Screening – “Fresh”


October 2, 2014 – “1823 Nashville Toll Bridge: First Bridge over the Cumberland” with Pat Cummins, President, Native History Society


September 23, 2014 – “Tales from 25 Years on Barges in the Cumberland River” with Ingram towboat Captain Mike “Turbo” Hughes


September 16, 2014 – “Ten Ways to Make Green Roofs Pay” with Steven Peck, President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities


September 4, 2014 – “Andrew Jackson and Tennessee’s Growing National Significance” with Professor Mark Cheathem


August 21, 2014 – Film Screening – “DamNation”


July 10, 2014 – “Historians Panels: Why the Cumberland Matters, Revisited”


June 18, 2014 – Paddling the Length of the Cumberland, a Transformational Journey with author and paddler, Kim Trevathan


June 6, 2014 – “The Battle of the Bluff with Tennessee” with historian Paul Clements


May 27, 2014 – Chestnut Group Painters showcasing works by Kevin Menck and Sherrie Levine


May 22, 2014– “Four Years Later: 2010 Flood and What We Learned” with Scott Potter, Metro Water Services


April 29, 2014 – Water Photography with Fat Bottom Beer


April 22, 2014 – “Swimming the Cumberland” with Captain Vic Scoggin, Founder, Save the Cumberland


April 17, 2014 – “A History of Nashville’s Water Infrastructure” with Ron Taylor, Director, Clean Water Nashville


April 10, 2014 – “Why the Cumberland Mattered” with Kristofer Ray of Austin Peay State University