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Wednesday March 31, 2021 7:00 PM
to Saturday April 3, 2021 5:00 PM

Save the date! The UT Arboretum Society Online Spring Plant Sale opens for shopping Friday, March 19 at 5pm and shopping closes Saturday, April 3rd at 5pm. The website will open March 19. At check out you must choose a pick up time on either Friday April 9 (9am-6pm slots available) or Saturday April 10 ( 9am-3pm slots available). The website may offer other dates but please only schedule during these two days because that is when your plants will be at the UT Arboretum for no-contact pickup. No day of or on-site sales are possible. All purchases and payments must be made in advance. Our fall online sale was a huge success and our three vendors -Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery, and East Fork of Sevierville – are back with even more plant choices! Please support these three vendors as they have so loyally supported the UT Arboretum plant sale fundraisers for many years! Contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator for questions at

Tuesday April 6, 2021 7:00 PM

Register directly at ZOOM please: Click HERE You will receive confirmation from ZOOM for program link.

Tuesday April 6, 7pm EST, Cicada a-raid-a! Brood X! It sounds like a sci-fi movie. We have been waiting 17 years for their return. Ta-da! They are almost here. After living underground since 2004, it is time for their emergence by the millions, shed their larval skin and fly away to buzz for a mate en masse. Join local natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales for a look at all things cicada plus this year’s huge emergence. This creepy-crawly presentation via Zoom is hosted by the UT Arboretum Society. The class is free, you do not even have to leave home. The program will be recorded so please register to receive link for recording.

To contact Stephen Lyn or buy one of his UT Press books go to Instagram @stephenlynbales or email him at

For any issues with registration contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis at

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Thursday May 6, 2021 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 6, 7 p.m.

wood thrush
Wood Thrush

The Sunny Birds of Summer! Thursday, May 6th, 7pm EST – Join UT Arboretum for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club May 6 as we celebrate the bird species that are with us only during the warm months, their nesting season. You provide your own stay-at-home supper and local natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales will entertainingly teach via Zoom about birds such as the wood thrush, catbird, indigo bunting and the gorgeous prothonotary warbler. The class is free, but you need to register to receive your Zoom link. The program will be recorded so register even if you cannot watch the day of program. If you have any problems with registration contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis at To contact Stephen Lyn go to hellostephenlyn@yahoo,com


Thursday May 13, 2021 7:00 PM
Pair of Bald Eagles in nest with 2 baby eagles
Samson and Gabby with their offspring Romy and Jules.

Thursday, May 13th, 7pm on Zoom

American Eagle Foundation has a longstanding history in the conservation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Over the course of over 30 years, they have released 180 bald eagles back into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The conservation efforts of citizens, lawmakers, and organizations like us have culminated in the bald eagle’s triumphant comeback from the brink of extinction. Recent studies have found that the population has quadrupled since the last count!

The UT Arboretum Society presents the American Eagle Foundation for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of our resident raptors, including our charismatic bald eagle ambassadors! As Dr. Miller guides you on a virtual tour, you will learn about eagle and other raptors’ roles within our ecosystem, how AEF cares for them, and how we can help protect them.

Register to receive your Zoom link. The program will be recorded so you may view later if unable to attend at scheduled time. Contact Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum Education Coordinator with any questions or registration issues:

Our presenter: While completing her PhD in literature at Auburn University, Dr. Miller started volunteering at a local raptor facility in 2012. She decided to pursue raptor education as a full-time career upon graduating and joined American Eagle Foundation’s team in 2018. As an educator and falconer, she hopes to share her partnership with raptors as a force for good, inspiring a passion for avian conservation in the hearts of generations to come.

Dr. Robyn Miller
Dr. Robyn Miller


Thursday May 27, 2021 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 27th, 7pm EST on ZOOM – Register to receive your Zoom link. Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easily. Birdability is a non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to access for birders with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, intellectual or developmental disabilities (including autism), mental illness, being Deaf or Hard of Hearing and other health concerns; and bringing the joy of birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who aren’t yet birders. Learn about why this should matter to you (even if you don’t have an accessibility challenge), ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder, the Birdability Map (and how to submit a Birdability Site Review) and our resources for birders (and potential future birders) with accessibility challenges… because birding is for everybody and every body! Learn more and find resources at This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society.

Freya McGregor, Birdabiblity Coordinator

Presenter: Freya McGregor, OTR/L, CIG is the Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a background in blindness and low vision services, she is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.