REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Trails & Trilliums Naturalist Rally 2024

Trails & Trilliums Naturalist Rally on April 19-21 in Beersheba Springs,

Register now at: for hikes, presentations and lodging.

Perennial Favorites Returning this Spring

  • Randy Hedgepath!! 
  • Bran Potter’s Geology & Literary hikes 
  • Collins Gulf wildflower hikes
  • The Star Party with astronomer Richard Clements
  • Early morning bird walks
  • Wine & Wildflowers Celebration
  • Native Plant Sale
  • Family Adventures —wildlife, fairy houses, forts, hikes, campfire!

Big Hits to Repeat from Last Year

  • Statewide Meeting of Tennessee Naturalist Chapters!
  • Repelling off Stone Door 
  • Cookout & Hootenanny on the Beersheba Hotel front porch
  • The Great Salamander Search
  • Bonfire with Bran Potter and Tom Sanders
  • The Overlook at Beersheba Springs Assembly
  • Sunday morning Outdoor Service at Vesper Point
  • Nature Journaling with Lendon Noe and friends
  • Night Hike at Stone Door

New for 2024

  • Mary Priestley’s book on Mack Pritchard 
  • Writing about Nature Workshop
  • “Snakes for Adults Who Aren’t Sure About Snakes” 
  • Dennis Bishop, Owner Native Landscape Design, Flintstone GA
  • Forest Bathing Workshop
  • Concession Tent open all weekend 
  • Nature Photography with Robin Conover, award winning Photography Editor of The Tennessee Magazine
  • “Following in Mack’s Tracks”- Mack Prichard Memorial Hikes
  • Patrick Dean’s book on naturalist Mark Catesby 
  • The Friends Forum & Award Presentation
  • Skull Identification Workshop
  • A hike in the newly acquired TennGreen tract near Fiery Gizzard to search for the rare Tennessee Trillium (Trillium tennesseense)


Nature’s Messenger, by Patrick Dean, was just selected by Garden & Gun magazine as one of  “The Best Books for (and about) Southerners of 2023.” Patrick gave a talk about Mark Catesby last year, but this year his book will be available! Appropriately, one of Mark’s discoveries was the Catesby Trillium.

“Dean argues (that Catesby) is ready to come out from the shadow of the more-famous John James Audubon. In this book-length exploration of the topic, Dean shares lots of adventurous anecdotes and botanical illustrations. —CJ Lotz Diego