Conservation Days

NOTICE: We were unable to hold CONSERVATION DAYS in 2020 or 2021. Please check back for future plans.

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Building Habitat in a Fragmented World: 

Activities, speakers, and exhibits focused on engaging with the natural world

May 8 - 9, 2020 

Wilderness Station, Barfield Crescent Park

Come learn about local wildlife habitats and backyard habitat improvement projects you can do yourself. Discover citizen science projects and volunteer opportunities in and around Murfreesboro. Meet representatives from organizations working on habitat issues. 

Hikes, activities, and information geared towards ages 10 and up.

Friday, May 8, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Nature Walks with Naturalists:

Take a hike with an expert and learn about the plants and animals in several different local ecosystems. In addition to these Friday hikes, there are several on Saturday. Check out these and other Saturday activities, below!

Glade Walk, Siegel Park

Cedar Glade at Siegel Park, Murfreesboro, TN

with Dr. Jeffery Walck, Middle TN State University

Explore a small yet diverse pocket glade. Meet at Siegel Park Soccer Field Parking   map

Nickajack Wetlands Walk

Hike at Nickajack Wetland, Murfreesboro, TN.

With Rachel Singer, Outdoor Murfreesboro

Explore a 60-acre State-Protected wetland habitat. Meet at Nickajack Wetlands off Red Mile Road   map

Bluebird Nest Box Monitoring

Eastern bluebird

with Dawn Thomas, Outdoor Murfreesboro

Learn how to properly care and record data for nest boxes on the Bluebird Trail at Barfield Park. map

Saturday May 9

Speakers   Activities   Exhibitors

Group of adults looking up into trees through binoculars. Autumn

7:30-9:00 am: Birding Hike

With Tennessee Ornithological Society - Nashville Chapter and Emily Moorman, Outdoor Murfreesboro 

Start the day off with a bird identification hike on the Barfield Park back country trail. Meet at the Wilderness Station.  map

9:00 am - 4:00 pm   Exhibit Tables and Native Plant Sale Open (Wilderness Station)

Details below


  1. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
  2. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  3. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Eric Fann, Outdoor Murfreesboro

9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Outdoor Murfreesboro Education and Outreach

Eric Fann, Program Coordinator, Outdoor Murfreesboro

Dr. Brian Miller, Middle TN State Univ. Opens in new window9:40 - 10:30 a.m.
Habitat Needs, Local Habitats, and Current Challenges Facing the Inner Basin

Dr. Brian Miller, Middle Tennessee State University

Activities - Choose your own adventure!

From hikes to hands-on workshops, Conservation Day activities are led by naturalists, professional natural resource managers, and other knowledgeable folks who will share their expertise with you.

  1. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  2. 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Constructing a Rain Garden - Demonstration
Lee Ann FaustSumner County UT Cooperative Extension Agent.

Dr. Brian Miller, Middle TN State Univ. Opens in new windowLocal Habitats - Hike
Brian Miller, MTSU (Tentative)

Hike the trail through the woods behind the Wilderness Station and learn about the various animals, plants, and habitat types that are found there.

Bluebird boxes, Outdoor MurfreesboroBuild Your Own Bluebird House - Activity
Outdoor Murfreesboro StaffBuild a cedar bluebird house for your yard. No place to put one up yourself? Build one and donate it to our bluebird trail! Purchase kits ($20) and register on-site Saturday morning. Max 15 participants in workshop.

Exhibits :

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet the people who work to improve wildlife habitat in the region. Learn about their projects and find volunteer opportunities and other ways to support their efforts.

Cumberland River Compact

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Center for Cedar Glade Studies, MTSU

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

iNaturalist Demo


Monarch Meadow

Monarch Meadows

M'boro Water Resources Dept

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MTE Cooperative Solar

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Murfreesboro Indigenous Plant Project

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MTSU Stormwater Program

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Nashville Foodscapes

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Nashville TN Ornithological Society

TN Ornitholigical Society-Nashville Chapter

Outdoor Murfreesboro


Quail Forever

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Rutherford County Cooperative Extension

University of TN Institute of Agriculture logo

Rutherford County Master Gardeners

Rutherford County Master Gardeners logo

Southeastern Grasslands Iniative

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Stones River Watershed Association

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The Land Trust for Tennessee

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TN Environmental Council

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TN Greenways & Trails

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TN Native Plant Society


TN Natural Areas

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TN Naturalists Program

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TN State Parks - Bioblitz 2020

TN State Parks

USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service


WildOnes of Mid TN

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Ziggy's Tree Wildlife Rehab

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