Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

News Release

Media Contact: Marty Goolsby ()
Communications and External Relations

 

Spring 2001 Community Adventure Rambles on Oak Ridge Reservation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 30, 2001 — Community Adventure Rambles, a series of nature walks, will be offered during April and May on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation.

The program offers the general public chances to study and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the reservation.

The nature adventures are sponsored by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). The Copper Ridge Ramble with the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Jane Awl is co-sponsored by ORNL, AMSE and TVA. The Creekside Ramble: Aquatic Life in Lower Bear Creek, is sponsored by ORNL, AMSE and the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee (CROET).

The events are free, but participation is limited on some of the walks. Advance registration is required by calling (865) 576-3218 at least 48 hours before the scheduled walk.

The following nature walks are scheduled: .

Sunday, April 8, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Wildflower Ramble at Walker Branch. Leader: Mac Post, ORNL. Flower field book or guide, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle recommended. Meet at 2:30 at AMSE lobby. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles to the site. Twenty-participant limit.

Saturday, April 14, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Wildflower Walk at Walker Branch. Leader: Mac Post, ORNL. Flower field book or guide, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle recommended. Meet at 2:30 at AMSE lobby. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles to the site. Twenty-participant limit.

Saturday, April 21, 7 - 10 a.m.: Bird Walk at Freels Bend of the Three Bend Scenic and Wildlife Refuge managed by TWRA. Leaders: Jim Evans, TWRA, and Dev Joslin, Tennessee Ornithological Society. Meet at 7 at parking lot on south side of ORAU's Scarboro Operations Site on east side of Scarboro/Pumphouse Road, and just south of Scarboro Road/Bethel Valley Road intersection. Twenty-participant limit.

Sunday, April 22, 1 - 4 p.m.: Wildlife and Wildflower Ramble on Walker Branch with Jerry Klein, ORNL. Hat, water bottle recommended. Meet at 1 at AMSE lobby. Twenty-participant limit.

Saturday, April 28, 3 - 5 p.m.: Creekside Ramble: Aquatic Life in Lower Bear Creek or Upper White Oak Creek. Leaders: John Smith and Mike Ryon, ORNL. Long pants, tick/insect repellent and water bottle recommended. Meet at 3 at AMSE lobby. Twenty-participant limit. Sponsored by ORNL, AMSE and CROET.

Sunday, April 29, at 2:15 - 6:45 p.m. p.m.: Copper Ridge Ramble, sponsored by ORNL, TVA and AMSE. Leader: Jane Awl, TVA. Scenic forest ramble in the Park City Road area of Copper Ridge. Views of the Clinch River and the Copper Ridge rock outcrops. Trees, birds, ferns and lichens along moss-lined banks. Moderate to mild slopes. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes, hat, long pants, tick/insect repellent, water bottle and trail snack recommended. Meet at 2:15 at AMSE lobby. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles to the site. Eighteen-participant limit. Each participant under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, May 5, 7 - 10 a.m.: Bird Walk at Freels Bend of the Three Bend Scenic and Wildlife Refuge managed by TWRA. Leader: Jim Evans, TWRA. Meet at 7 at parking lot on south side of ORAU's Scarboro Operations Site on east side of Scarboro/Pumphouse Road, and just south of Scarboro Road/Bethel Valley Road intersection. Twenty-five-participant limit.

Sunday, May 6, 1:30 p.m.: Rain-out make-up day for the April 29 Copper Ridge Ramble.

Saturday, May 12, 7 - 10 a.m.: Bird Walk at Freels Bend of the Three Bend Scenic and Wildlife Refuge managed by TWRA. Leader: Jim Evans, TWRA. Meet at 7 at parking lot on south side of ORAU's Scarboro Operations Site on east side of Scarboro/Pumphouse Road, and just south of Scarboro Road/Bethel Valley Road intersection. Twenty-five-participant limit.

Sunday, May 13, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Mother's Day Wildflower Walk at Walker Branch. Mac Post, ORNL. Flower field book or guide, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle recommended. Meet at 2:30 at AMSE lobby. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles to the site. Twenty-participant limit.

Saturday, May 19, 7 - 10 a.m.: Bird Walk at Freels Bend of the Three Bend Scenic and Wildlife Refuge managed by TWRA. Leader: Jim Evans, TWRA. Meet at 7 at parking lot on south side of ORAU's Scarboro Operations Site on east side of Scarboro/Pumphouse Road, and just south of the Scarboro Road/Bethel Valley Road intersection. Twenty-five-participant limit.

Sunday, May 20, 2 - 4:30 p.m.: Wildflower Ramble at Walker Branch. Leader: Mark Peterson, ORNL. Flower field book or guide, sturdy shoes, hat, water bottle recommended. Meet at 2 at AMSE lobby. Participants will caravan in their own vehicles to the site. Twenty-participant limit.

TBA (June-August time frame). Wetland Adventure on the Oak Ridge Reservation. Leader: Jane Awl, TVA.