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Thursday November 4, 2021 7:00 PM EDT
American Coot on log
American Coot

November 4 at 7 p.m. EST With all of our many lakes East Tennessee attracts an array of wintering waterfowl that are only here during the colder months. Join Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum education coordinator, and natural historian Stephen Lyn Bales for the First Thursday Nature Supper Club via Zoom. In this program you’ll learn about a bevy of birds like coots, grebes, gadwalls, buffleheads, mergansers, redheads, little ruddies and many more fun dabblers and divers that can be found floating on our wintertime waters.

This program is free. Closed captions are available and it will be recorded. For questions or registration issues contact Michelle Campanis at

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Thursday December 2, 2021 7:00 PM EST
Michelle holding suet feeder and suet cakes

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m. EST Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club to we learn how to make suet cakes for your winter birds!  

You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will entertain and teach us via Zoom.  In this program you’ll learn how to make a tasty blend for your feathered friends and answer which seed birds like best. We will also send you a PDF with our suet recipe.

Please register for this free Zoom Program to receive your link.  This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

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Saturday December 18, 2021 10:00 AM EST
monarch on joe pye weed

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society’s 6th Annual Butterfly Festival will be available online beginning Saturday, September 18th. This year’s Butterfly Festival will again be virtual with outstanding lectures and special video programs for children. New this year, we will also have a special butterfly art installation created by local community members on display at the UT Arboretum Visitor Center through October 4 and also available to view online. We have two keynote presentations and several presentations for children of all ages!

Co-sponsored by the UT Institute of Agriculture, this event has become one of the most popular events annually with over 2,000 people attending in 2019. Due to the uncertain nature of COVID-19 precautions, this year’s festival has been filmed in advance to be presented online. This will be a different festival than in the past as there are no on-site presentations, but we are excited to bring the public some great online options.

Watch Keynote Presentations

Of Biodiversity and Butterflies: Planting Design and Conservation for Pollinators”  presented by Michael Ross.  As more productive butterfly habitats are converted to residential, agricultural, and commercial sprawl the need for well-designed landscapes that support the full lifecycle of Lepidoptera species is increasingly important. This presentation will discuss key considerations, design, and planning goals for successful pollinator habitat implementation.  Michael Ross, SITES AP, ASLA, is an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Plant Sciences’ Sustainable Landscape Design concentration and in the School of Landscape Architecture.

“Principles of Butterfly Garden Design and Management: A Case Study in Pollinator Habitat Garden Management,” Presented by Olivia Sievers Ross. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s approach to pollinator habitat provides an enlightening case study into best practices for butterfly garden implementation on a residential site. Prior to her training as a landscape architect Olivia was the Horticulturist and Lepidoptera specialist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Ann and O.J. Weber Pollinator Garden and helped install the Luci and Ian Family Garden.

Children of All Ages Presentations

Community Art Display “Fun-Raiser”

We are very grateful to this year’s corporate sponsors:

Northshore Pellissippi Storage

Logo for Northshore Pellissippi Storage

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Logo for Pinnacle Financial