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Posted on: September 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Wildlife Weekend set for Oct. 13-14

Park after Dark Web

Nature lovers are invited to discover the nocturnal creatures that live within Bristol, Tennessee’s Steele Creek Park during the 26th Annual Wildlife Weekend sponsored by the Department of Parks & Recreation and Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center & Park.

“Park after Dark” is the theme for this year’s two-day event that begins Friday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. with a reception and lecture from Chris Ogle of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Ogle specializes in rare, threatened, and endangered species, and will share his knowledge during a talk titled “Creatures of the Night.” 

Friday’s activities will culminate with the Amateur Photography Contest Awards Ceremony, which presents cash prizes to winners in both adult and youth categories based on how well their photos depict the natural aspects of Steele Creek Park. Prints of the prize-winning photos will be displayed at The Nature Center throughout the weekend.

 Wildlife Weekend activities will continue the following day, Saturday, Oct. 14, with a long list of educational programing and presentations for nature lovers of all ages. Planned activities include: 

  • Morning Bird Walk at 9 a.m.
  • Bird Banding at 9:30 a.m.
  • Commander’s Hike to various points of interest at 10 a.m.
  • Gardening for Wildlife  at  11 a.m.
  • Intro to iNaturalist at 11:45 a.m.
  • Mike’s Mushroom Foray at 12:30 p.m.
  • Commander’s Hike No. 2 at 1 p.m.
  • Photographing Wildlife at 1:15 p.m.
  • Prehistory Hike at 2 p.m.
  • Edible & Medicinal Hike at 2 p.m.
  • Frog & Toad Acoustics at 2:45 p.m.

Participants are also invited to join in the annual scavenger hunt by downloading the GooseChase App to a smartphone or tablet and searching for Wildlife Weekend. You must create a player profile to begin.

A series of interactive kiosks will also be available from noon to 4 p.m. to provide educational information about reptiles, fossils, owl pellets, crafts using recycled products, bugs, bird skins and skulls, and more. As a special treat for young nature lovers, Chippy, the Steele Creek Park mascot, will make an appearance at various activities throughout the day. 

 The 4th annual iNaturalist Bioblitz for Steele Creek Park and Sullivan County will also begin on Oct. 1 and wrap up on Saturday, Oct. 14th, the final day of Wildlife Weekend. This event allows individuals to record what they observe in Steele Creek Park and throughout Sullivan County, then share their observations with others. 

Additional details about each of the planned activities are available online a or by contacting The Nature Center at (423) 989-5616.


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