UT Arboretum plans January 1 hike

Melanie StatenAnderson, Our Town Outdoors

Do you get overloaded on football, food and festivities? The UT Arboretum Society is offering a great alternative: start out the year on the “right foot” by joining our New Year’s Hike at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, on Sunday, January 1, 2023. Please follow the signs for parking up to the auditorium.

We will gather at 9 a.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium where you will be greeted by fellow hikers and offered coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. At 9:30 a.m. the group will leave for a guided hike that will last about 45 minutes. The hike will follow a forest trail and will visit the Elmore Holly Collection.

Please wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. We aim for this hike to be suitable for all, but the difficulty level of the hike is dependent on individual fitness. Be sure to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated as you hike. Due to ongoing research projects on our grounds, we are unable to allow pets.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. No registration is required. Info: [email protected].

Book collection: During the months of November and December, the Arboretum’s Little Free Library, located on the back of the kiosk by the Visitors Center, will feature books about insects. Children are encouraged to check out the Little Free Library and also to leave a book for another child to enjoy.

If you have a large quantity of books to donate, either for children or adults, please contact Janet Bigelow. The adult books will be traded at McKay’s in Knoxville for credit to purchase children’s books.

Learn more about the Arboretum Society here.

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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