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Tuesday August 23, 2022 7:00 PM

Tuesday, August 23, 7pm EDT on Zoom Seven Islands State Birding Park is the only park in Tennessee that primarily focuses on managing habitat for birds. In addition to creating a premier birding destination, the park provides educational programming, and participates in several bird monitoring and research projects. Escape the summer heat and join us via ZOOM to learn more about the park, see some of the behind-the-scenes projects, and learn how you can get involved. This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

Our presenter is Clare Dattilo, the seasonal Interpreter at Seven Islands State Birding Park, where she leads educational programs, participates in bird research, and organizes community science volunteers. She has over twenty years of experience in natural history interpretation and environmental education, and is passionate about sharing her love of the natural world with visitors at the park. 

This program is free but you must register to receive your Zoom link. It will be recorded and sent to those who register. Closed captions will be available. Please contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at for any questions or registration issues.

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Monday September 5, 2022 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

UT Arboretum Society Butterfly Festival – “Fun Raiser”
Decorate an 18 Inch Butterfly – Order Yours Here!

The UT Arboretum Society is holding a “Fun Raiser” to celebrate our upcoming, in-person, 7th Annual Butterfly Festival on September 17th.  That is not a typo – this will be fun for everyone that participates and to everyone that sees your butterfly creations. Show off your creative streak by decorating an 18-inch wooden butterfly!  Your artwork will be displayed throughout the UT Arboretum grounds near the rain garden, the Auditorium and the Visitors Center.  Your creations will help foster the spirit of the festival as we return to an in-person event this year.

Since this is a “Fun Raiser,” the pre-primed butterflies are being sold at cost:  $20 each for an 18-inch butterfly in assorted shapes. All orders should be pre-paid by credit card/PayPal below We have only 40 butterflies available, so order yours soon!  Use your imagination and decorate with any materials you want.  Entries by children are welcomed and displayed as prominently as those by more skilled adult artists.  Just remember your butterfly creations will be displayed outside and are subject to the weather.

Participants can pick up their butterfly at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge beginning Monday, August 1st, and return the decorated butterfly whenever it is ready but, no later than Tuesday, September 6th. The butterflies will be on display throughout the months of September and October. After that you may pick up your butterfly, and it is yours to keep!

Stay tuned for more information on the Butterfly Festival which is on Saturday, September 17th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This festival features educational talks, the UT Insect Zoo and over a dozen crafts and activities for children!

The UT Arboretum Society is sponsoring this “Fun Raiser.” For more information contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, at


Tuesday September 20, 2022 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20, 7pm EDT via ZOOM  Stephen Alvarez, creator of the Ancient Art Archive (, will lead a zoom presentation about the Mural of America project. This presentation is cosponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society. Stephen is an amazing photographer who uses photography, videography, and 3-D imagery to document indigenous art from native cultures all over the world. The Mural of America explores ten North American cultural landmarks that illuminate the complex artistic mysteries of the past. Founder Stephen Alvarez and the Ancient Art Archive’s extraordinary team of anthropologists, archaeologists, and Native American artists are exploring the ten sites’ artistic wonders, the rich cultures that gave birth to them, and how they remain meaningful today. Their work is still in progress on most of the sites, but their work at Tennessee’s  Devilstep Hollow Cave is complete and ready for all of us to experience!

Stephen Alvarez is an award winning National Geographic photographer, film maker and explorer who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic Magazine. The Magazine has sent him from the highest peaks in the Andes to the depths of the deepest cave in the world. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. Moved by the power of humanity’s earliest artworks, Alvarez founded The Ancient Art Archive in 2016. The Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to using the photography and the newest image based VR technology to preserve and share the humanity’s oldest artworks. Stephen lives with his family in Sewanee, Tennessee.