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Here's all the latest news and happenings from the Friends of South Cumberland State Park!
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January, 2019

GET OUTDOORS ... THE PARK IS YOURS!


January Hikes & Programs
All ranger-led hikes and programs are now listed on the Tennessee State Parks Website.

Please bookmark that page to get info about all the latest ranger-led hikes and programs!
 


Happy New Year

from all of your Friends
of South Cumberland State Park!



Greeter Falls (photo: Wendy Fish)

There are many exciting and important initiatives and events on the Friends' calendar for 2019, including completion of the CCC interpretive trail, the Nature Play area on the Meadow Trail, the new Sherwood Day Loop trail, important maintenance projects on many of our existing trails, 4th and 5th grade field trips (fall and spring, dates tbd), Trails & Trilliums 2019 (April 12-13-14), the Friends' Annual Meeting and Family Fun Day (June 22), the 2019 Goldenrod Gala (September 14), and much more!  Save those dates on your calendar -- we'll have more details on all of these items in upcoming issues of the TrailTracker!

If you're working on your 2019 New Year Resolutions, may we suggest two? 
1. Resolve to get outside and enjoy the Park's great Nature in all four seasons!
2. Volunteer to help out on one or more of our Friends' projects and initiatives!

And, if you haven't yet done so, please consider a year-end gift to the Friends, to support and protect Tennessee's largest and most spectacular State Park!


Thank you for being a Friend, and best wishes for a wonderful year ahead!
 

Join the Friends on January 17th
for Pint Night at Cumberland Transit in Nashville!


The Friends of South Cumberland are coming to Nashville!  Cumberland Transit will host a "Pint Night" event from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, January 17th at their 2807 West End Avenue location, with proceeds benefiting The Friends of South Cumberland!  We'll be there with plenty of Friends' SWAG, including Cumberland Transit's limited-edition stainless-steel pints with the Friends' logo; 2019 Friends Calendars and Postcards; all-new Friends hiking caps, and more!  We'll be screening some awesome videos about the Park, and Friends leaders will be there to answer your questions, get your input and suggestions, and fill you in on some of the waycool new things on the horizon for South Cumberland State Park!
 The North Face is offering some excellent door prizes, and beer is being provided by the Jackalope Brewing Company.
Thanks to Cumberland Transit and The North Face for hosting this event for the Friends!  See you there!

 

Friends' 2019 Wall Calendar, Postcards Still Available

There are still a few copies of the Friends’ 2019 Wall Calendar, a limited-run but very popular gift item, available for sale, while supplies last, at the Park’s Visitor Center in Monteagle.  The calendar features the best photos by some very talented park visitors/photographers from this year’s “Picture the Park” photo contest. 

These make great gifts for anyone who loves the outdoors, and the Park!  Proceeds from the sale of these items help provide funding for a number of Friends’ initiatives on behalf of the park, including educational, interpretive, trail construction and maintenance projects.

New this year is a set of classic postcards, also depicting some of the most beautiful and unique areas of the Park, which are also available at the Visitor Center’s gift shop.  Call Carla or Marla at the Visitor Center, 931-924-2980 before you head this way, to be certain they haven't sold out! 

 



Lookout Wild Film Festival, January 24-27
 
The Friends are supporting and exhibiting at the 2019 Lookout Wild Film Festival, at the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, January 24-27. For six years, the Lookout Wild Film Festival has brought the best outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world to Chattanooga for one awesome weekend.  These are compelling on-screen stories that celebrate wild places and the people they inspire! Enjoy a full slate of amazing and inspiring films with hundreds of other outdoor adventure enthusiasts from across the Southeast.

Start 2019 Off on the Right Foot!
 Join Ranger Dan for a short, 2-mile hike to the Great Stone Door bluff and enjoy the first sunrise of 2019. Meet at the Stone Door parking lot at 7 a.m. on Jan. 1. The Great Stone Door was used by early settlers as a passageway from the top of the plateau into the gorges below. Like a giant door left ajar, the crack is 10 feet wide and 100 feet deep! The surrounding cliffs offer spectacular views across the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget your camera! For more information call 931-692-3887, or email Daniel.Wescoat@tn.gov.
   





Students Inspired by Day at the Park  
 
As part of the Friends' Every Child in the Park initiative, every fourth grader from Grundy County Schools, plus Monteagle Elementary, got to know the Park during the Friends' annual field trip programs, presented this fall. From rats to rocks to nature play, the 4th graders were inspired and educated and empowered and encouraged to stretch themselves.
 
Approximately 70 students attended each day.  Students rotated among three activities: Geology and Pioneer Life, inside the Visitor Center; Gardening and Nature Play, on the Meadow Trail; and a hands-on Wildlife Program in the picnic pavilion. Students also received their own SCSP Nature Journal, authored by Friends' member and longtime leader, Mary Priestley.  Special thanks to Friends' Education and Outreach chair Margaret Matens for organizing what is now a Fall tradition, and an event in which every fourth grader in Grundy County eagerly looks forward to participating!
 


Volunteers: State Requests Liability Release forms

Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation need your help!  Before you volunteer for your next activity in the Park, TNSP and TDEC urgently request that you download and complete a Volunteer Liability Release FormYou will only need to do this once; the Friends, and the Park, will keep it on file for as long as you are an active volunteer.   Thank you for your support of the Park!

IF YOU'RE A FIRST-TIME VOLUNTEER, when you go to the Volunteer Sign Up Form on the Friends' website, the Volunteer Liability Release is included in your first sign-up.

 

 
PictureShop and support the Park
at the same time!
 
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase directly to the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. Click the logo below to begin, and bookmark that page as your Amazon starting point in order to designate the Friends as your preferred recipient!
 


The Friends are now on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!
 
Be among the first to follow us and share your adventures in the Park
on these new Friends of South Cumberland pages:

 

 

Join or renew your Friends membership today!

Now it’s easier than every to join or renew your Friends membership online!  Just visit the Membership page of the Friends website.  If you’re renewing, there will be a link on that page for current Friends members to use.  If you’re a current member and follow that link, it will ask you to enter your email and password to log into the Member Services area of the website.  If you have not yet set up your password, enter the email address you believe we have on file for you, and then click the “forgot password” link, which will allow you to set up a password to access your info in our system.  Once you’re set up, it will be much easier to do future membership renewals; register for Friends’ events; make gifts or donations; and any other kind of transaction you’d like to make in support of the Park!
 

Add our new address to your Contact list!

The Friends now offer online Member Services functions (click here to learn more)!  Please add FriendsOfSouthCumberland@gmail.com to your device’s contacts or address book.  This email address is the official address for communications from the Friends (including TrailTracker!), so please add it to your contacts to be sure important messages from us aren’t landing in your junk mail folder by accident.
 

Why should you join and support the Friends?

Now protecting more than 30,000 acres, South Cumberland is the largest State Park in Tennessee. Although this is great news, more land, and more visitors, creates new and urgent unmet needs for the park. New trails must be built, and existing trails must be maintained or upgraded. New and expanded parking areas, restrooms, camping and picnic facilities, and directional signage are needed. Invasive pests, like the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and invasive plants must be controlled. Guided hikes, seminars and historical re-enactments, including programs for area school children, must be prepared and delivered. And, the work of conserving additional environmentally-significant lands is far from complete.  By becoming a member of the Friends, you can help insure that South Cumberland will always be a safe, well-maintained and amazing place to experience world-class natural beauty!

Q&A:  HOW TO SET YOUR FRIENDS MEMBER SERVICES PASSWORD IF THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVED SAYS “LINK IS EXPIRED”

Q: The email I received from the Friends has a link to activate membership accounts and set up a password.  However, when I clicked the link the message came back that the link is expired.  What should I do?

A: The link has a "time out" on it for security reasons; if it's not opened within a couple of hours after you receive the email, it "expires".  However, if you click on that link, in the email, it will take you to the screen where it says it expired, and on that same page there is also a link titled Request a New Verification or Reset Password link.  Click on that, and it will ask for your email address. Enter your address and then the system will email you a fresh link or code that will allow you to get into the system and set up your account password.

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