Friday October 25, 2019 7:00 PM EDT


It is BAT TIME in Tennessee! The UT Arboretum Society will present an educational program about bats on Friday, October 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge.

An expert on bats and their environments, Pandy Upchurch, Assistant Chief of Biological Diversity with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will talk about “Living with Tennessee Bats.” She will address the many advantages bats provide the environment and how people and bats can co-exist. As an interesting case study, she will discuss the problem Oak Ridge High School had with a bat infestation this past summer.

This very popular program is free but seating is limited, so people must RSVP in advance here or 865-483-7277. Please make sure to RSVP with the total number in your party and include your contact information.

Northern Long-Eared Bat

Andrea (Pandy) Upchurch holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a master’s degree in Biology from Austin Peay State University. She has been an interpretive naturalist for 35 years at such places as the Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes, Dunbar Cave State Natural Area and the Warner Parks Nature Center. She is now TWRA’s Assistant Chief of Biodiversity and Endangered Species Coordinator.

Celebrating 54 years in 2019, this program is one of many activities offered by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.


UTAS Annual Dinner Meeting Tuesday, October 15th

Tuesday October 15, 2019 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Dr. Jerome Grant

 The UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Membership Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 at Calhoun’s Event Center, 100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge. Featured speaker is Dr. Jerome Grant, professor of Entomology at the University of Tennessee who will present, “Leaves of Change: Threats to Tennessee Forests.”  The public is welcome to attend and the cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members of the UT Arboretum Society.

Reservations are required. To reserve a place or for more information on the annual dinner and silent auction, call Pat Row at 865-482-9096, Credit cards, cash, or checks will be accepted at the door. Come enjoy an evening of great food, an interesting presentation, and silent auction. Deadline for reservations is October 11.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, cash bar and silent auction. At 6:30, there will be a buffet dinner of heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation. A brief business meeting will take place after the program. Dinner music will be performed by Elza Gate, featuring Bob Cushman and Pat Parr.  Silent actions items include fine crafts, gifts certificates, signed books, art, wine and accessories, hand tools and much, much more. All proceeds go to support the UT Arboretum. Arrive early for the best bidding and to chat with other UT Arboretum supporters. Be prepared to bid on the diverse collection of auction items.

Known affectionately as “The Bug Man,” Dr. Grant works tirelessly to spread knowledge about the world of insects, which he calls, “The Good, the Bad and the Bugly.” He is well known to UT Arboretum patrons for the UT Insect Zoo at the Annual Butterfly Festival as well as the summer children’s program ‘BUG CAMP.’”

“We invite everyone to come enjoy the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Dinner and the fascinating presentation by Dr. Grant. His extensive knowledge, delightful sense of humor and ‘joie de vivre’ will leave you wishing you had studied entomology,” said Janet Bigelow, president of the UT Arboretum Society.

To learn more about the dinner or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

Fall Wildflower Hike With Kris Light/Third Saturday Hike-At Haw Ridge Park

Saturday September 21, 2019 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EDT

Location for September Hike is Haw Ridge Park.

The UT Arboretum Society’s Third Saturday Hike on September 21st will be will be our annual Fall Wildflower Hike with Kris Light and the location is moved to Haw Ridge Park. No pets please. Service animals always welcome. Meet at 9am by the Soccer Trail Kiosk in the parking lot off Edgemoor Road-no reservations are needed. Time 9am-11am. (Map Link Below)

Kris Light, an expert naturalist, environmental educator and photographer will lead this fun, educational and easy walk. Participants may want to bring a camera to take pictures of the many wildflowers. Please bring water, wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking.

Describing the walk, Light said, “Most people think of springtime as wildflower season, but late summer and fall color the fields and roadsides in gold, purple and white. Come to the fall wildflower walk to learn more about the wildflowers of the fields. “

For more information on the wildflower walk or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-7277.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society-reservations are not needed.