Join Us for TVA’s 2017 Earth Day Celebrations

In fact, Earth Day plays such a big part in the Tennessee Valley that TVA celebrates it throughout the entire month of April with events across the Valley. Then, as always, TVA works with communities, partner organizations and volunteers to protect and enhance public lands and waterways.

All of our Earth Day events are open to the public. For more information on where, when and how you can volunteer to make the Valley a more beautiful place, visit Volunteering at TVA.

Watts Bar Association Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time:
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Info: Join the Watts Bar Lake Association for its annual spring cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Veterans Park and then depart to different islands to pick up trash and litter. TVA and the Rhea County litter crew will provide supplies; volunteers should wear appropriate footwear and bring water.
Meet: Veterans Park; GPS coordinates 35.867220, -85.059955
Contact: Scott Ledford at (865) 632-1326

McFarland Park—Wilson Earth Day Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Info: The Earth Day Cleanup at McFarland Park is part of the 10th Annual Shoals Earth Day Fest 2017. The fest will also have live entertainment, children’s activities, art & crafts, and door prizes. More information is available at www.shoalsearthmonth.com.
Meet: Tourism Complex at McFarland Park; GPS coordinates 34.803523, -87.674707
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534

Towns County Big Sweep on Chatuge Reservoir

Date: Saturday, April 15 Through Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: Weeklong
Info: TVA is supporting the Towns County Chamber of Commerce’s Big Sweep by donating bags and gloves. The weeklong litter cleanup focuses on highways and shorelines on Chatuge Reservoir. This is an annual cleanup that gets bigger and more successful every year.
Contact:
Candace Lee at (706) 896-4966 or Kemmy Garrett at (828) 832-4553

Guntersville City Earth Day Cleanup 

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Info: The annual Guntersville City Earth Day cleanup blitz. Registration will be at the Rotary Club on Sunset Drive. Make up rain day is April 20th if needed.
Meet: Sunrise Rotary Club of Guntersville, 14451 US-431, Guntersville, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.322707, -86.314318
Contact: Josh Burnette at (256) 891-6603

Calloway County, Ky., Earth Day Cleanup

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Info: TVA and the Calloway County Solid Waste are seeking volunteers to meet at Boatwright on Kentucky Lake for a cleanup blitz that will last 2 hours. Bag, gloves and water will be provided.
Meet: The end of Boatwright Road near the cemetery; GPS coordinates 36.639347, -88.107600
Contact: Ember Anderson at (731) 641-2017

Cherokee Lake Users Association Annual Earth Day Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Info: Volunteers are needed to meet at various marina locations in Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson and Hawkins counties for a lake-wide clean up. Dumpsters have been donated by TVA and will be situated in three locations along the lake from Friday 4/21 through Monday 4/24. Bags, gloves, and litter grabbers will be provided. Local residents can also find out about the CLUA Adopt a Barrel program.
Meet: Meet at the Cherokee Dam Boat Launch; GPS coordinates 36.154875, -83.514707
Contact: Brian Stewart, jbstewart@tva.gov or Donna Dunn at (631) 495-0031 or cherokeelakeusers@gmail.com

Norris Dam BioBlitz

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Info: TVA is partnering with Discover Life in America (DLIA) to host a BioBlitz—a biological inventory of a defined area where we will work with naturalists (supplied by DLIA) and community members to identify as many plant and animal species as possible. Participants will use bug nets and specimen vials provided by DLIA to capture animals species or other interesting biota for identification. We will bring these items back to base camp where a professional photographer will document the observations. We will also use smart phones loaded with the iNaturalist app to photograph and document any findings. Experts will be on hand to train participants and identify species. Anyone interested in wildlife, biology, citizen science, biodiversity or just getting outside is encouraged to participate. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Bring food and water for the day, wear appropriate clothing, apply sunscreen and download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone ahead of time. Find it at www.inaturalist.org. Get more information on Facebook.
Meet: Norris Dam Reservation, Songbird Trail, Norris Freeway, Andersonville, Tenn.; GPS coordinates 36.2122610, -84.0737530
Contact: Tiffany Foster (865) 632-8106 or Todd Witcher (865) 250-1207
RSVP: whoozin.com

TVA’s Cast for Kids at Chester Frost Park

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Info: TVA and the Cast for Kids Foundation are hosting a day of boating and fishing for children with special needs. Participation is free and pre-registration is required. Participants must be ages 5-18 years old and accompanied by an adult. Participants receive a free rod and reel combo, tackle box, t-shirt and commemorative plaque with photo. Free lunch and t-shirts are provided for families and volunteers too. The deadline to register is April 15. To register as a participant, volunteer, or boat captain, register online at castforkids.org/event/lakechickamauga or call (256) 310-4323.
Meet: Chester Frost Park Shelter #1, 2277 Gold Point Circle N., Hixson, Tenn.; GPS coordinates 35.178897, -85.154184
Contact: Jeff Barnes at (256)-310-4323 or Aurora Pulliam at (865)-828-1186

Earth Day at Monte Sano State Park

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is setting up biological resources and outreach displays at Monte Sano State Park’s Earth Day. For more information, visit www.alapark.com/monte-sano-state-park.
Meet: The picnic pavilion at Monte Sano State Park located in Madison, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.739943, -86.511816
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534

Athens Earth Day at Friendship Church

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is setting up biological resources and outreach displays at Athens Earth Day to be held in Friendship Church in Athens, Ala. Last year’s event attracted 50 exhibitors to share information on the environment, earth-friendly products and services, and healthy living. Free food, door prizes and fun, hands-on activities are for young and old. For more information visit kalbcares.com/2016-earth-day-outdoor-expo.
Meet: Friendship Church at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.803553, -86.966542
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534

Marbut Bend Walking Trail

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Info: This guided walk will be led by Damien Simbeck, TVA Natural Resource Management, who is very knowledgeable about the history of Marbut Bend and the wildlife that call it home. Bring binoculars if you have them; wear comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent.  The trail is handicapped accessible. For more information visit kalbcares.com/2016-earth-day-outdoor-expo.
Meet: Marbut Bend Walking Trail, West Limestone, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.911812, -87.106403
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534

Chickamauga Dam BioBlitz

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is partnering with Discover Life in America (DLIA) to host a BioBlitz—a biological inventory of a defined area where we will work with naturalists (supplied by DLIA) and community members to identify as many plant and animal species as possible. Participants will use bug nets and specimen vials provided by DLIA to capture animals species or other interesting biota for identification. We will bring these items back to base camp where a professional photographer will document the observations. We will also use smart phones loaded with the iNaturalist app to photograph and document any findings. Experts will be on hand to train participants and identify species. Anyone interested in wildlife, biology, citizen science, biodiversity or just getting outside is encouraged to participate. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. Bring food and water for the day, wear appropriate clothing, apply sunscreen and download the iNaturalist app to your smartphone ahead of time. Find it at www.inaturalist.org. Get more information on Facebook.
Meet: Chickamauga Dam Reservation Day Use Area, 3012 Kings Point Rd., Chattanooga, Tenn.; GPS coordinates 35.095502, -85.221718
Contact: Tiffany Foster (865) 632-8106 or Todd Witcher (865) 250-1207
RSVP:
whoozin.com

Douglas Lake The Beautiful Spring Clean-up

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time:
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Info: TVA, Keep Sevier Beautiful, Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas Lake the Beautiful will host a special event to help clean-up trash on the lake’s islands and shorelines. Bags, gloves, and lunch will be provided. Boats will be available to shuttle volunteers to and from island sites; shoreline clean-up options available too. However, volunteers are welcome to bring their own boats/and or kayaks. Volunteers are urged to wear appropriate shoes and a life jacket. Prizes will be awarded for the most unique piece of trash collected. For additional information and/or to sign up for the cleanup, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/DouglasLake.
Meet: Indian Creek Boat Dock (Dandridge, Jefferson County), and Douglas Dam Headwater Ramp, GPS coordinates 35.957345, -83.535667; and Mountain Cove Marina (Sevierville, Sevier County), GPS coordinates: 35.977209, -83.340113
Contact: Aurora M. Pulliam, (865) 828-1186

TVA Nature

Coming April 20-25

New to our celebration of Earth Day this year, we’re introducing the #TVAnature photo contest. We are encouraging everyone to show their love of nature by snapping and sharing your picture on TVA lands this April. Use the hashtag #TVAnature and post it on Instagram or Twitter, or post your photo to tvanature.hscampaigns.com. Prizes will be awarded for the best pictures, and include a camping lantern with a solar mobile charger, a double hammock and a solar powerbank that's compatible with almost any smartphone.

Trail Monitors

If you're not into organized events, you can still do your part to keep the Valley clean and beautiful. Consider conducting your own trail cleanup. All you need is a bag and some gloves, and a willingness to haul out some trash. You can find a trail near you on our newly redesigned page, A Guide to TVA's Trails.