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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2019

Arts Calendar

New exhibits open at The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park

Date(s):  June 02 - August 30, 2019
Venue: Steele Creek Park

Bristol, TN 37620

The Nature Center at Steele Creek Park, Bristol, Tennessee, hosts new exhibits.

The Lakeview Gallery, located on the second floor of the original Nature Center, is used for seasonally rotating exhibits. Currently on exhibit is a display of Sonie Schermer’s photographs featuring Steele Creek Park’s natural history. Schermer, a founding and long-time board member of Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park, is an accomplished nature photographer. Her selection for this exhibit demonstrates the beauty and diversity to be found in the park and can be viewed during normal Nature Center hours throughout the summer.

Also on exhibit is a display of photographs, taken by Warriors’ Path State Park naturalist Marty Silver, focused on native wildflowers of our region, including several that are threatened species. Silver, who is widely known for his energetic and entertaining interpretive programs, has captured the beauty of some of these specimens in his stunning photos. Accompanying information provides visitors the opportunity to learn a few important facts about the natural history of our region. This exhibit is also on display through the summer months.

For those who have not visited The Nature Center, the Beaver Lodge exhibit is new. This life-sized re-creation, similar to those recently built by beavers on Steele Creek Lake, gives kids the opportunity to explore the inside of the structure, while interpretive graphics around the exterior provide fascinating information about North America’s largest rodent. Also built into the exhibit is a live green snake — safely secured in its own cage just above the lodge. The Beaver Lodge exhibit is the latest addition to the permanent displays found throughout The Nature Center, all of which have been made possible through generous local donations to the Friends organization.

The Nature Center is free to the public, other than the $2 per car park entry fee. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact The Nature Center staff at -423-989-5616 or Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center and Park at

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