Winter Cave and Arboretum Tour

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Join TennGreen for a winter tree identification hike during the Winter Cave & Arboretum Tour, featured in The New York Times for sustainable invasive plant removal via the Nashville Chew Crew. The Belle Forest Cave & Arboretum lies on a four-acre property covered primarily by mature forests, featuring an old springhouse leading to an extensive cave populated by bats and three tributaries to the Harpeth River. On this tour, you’ll learn how to identify the many species of trees found in the arboretum. This hike is considered short but moderate due to very steep slopes.

Event is FREE for members of TennGreen; $10 for non-members. Due to limited parking, attendees will meet at Five Guys (7026 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221) and will carpool to the location. Please remember to wear sturdy shoes, weather-appropriate attire, and consider bringing water and a hiking stick.

About the Belle Forest Cave & Arboretum

Across two forested ridges from the West Meade Waterfall, the four-acre Belle Forest Cave is located behind the Belle Forest Condominiums in Bellevue. This property features an old springhouse leading to a small cave where bats have been sighted. The varied topography, soil types, and three small streams support a broad diversity of tree and shrub species, ranging from lowland hardwoods to dry ridge and acidic soil species.

In Fall 2018, the Belle Forest Cave was established as a certified arboretum through the collaborative efforts of TennGreen volunteer, Willi Honegger, TennGreen staff, and the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC).

Our Conservation Story

In 2015, TennGreen purchased these four acres and successfully fundraised to complete the project. We are grateful to the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee for supporting our effort of restoring the land through native plant removal.

Award-Winning Research at the Belle Forest Cave

Belmont University biology alumna Lindsay Millward (2016) received the first place Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research in Ecology at the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society National Convention in St. Paul, MN in June 2016. Lindsay’s research was on “Leaf Decomposition Rate Differs Between Invasive Exotic Lonicera maackii and Native Acer saccharum in a Temperate Deciduous Forest” that she completed as part of her senior research project with biology professor Dr. Darlene Panvini. In April, Lindsay won first place in the regional Tri Beta District II oral presentation session and received an award that paid for her expenses to the national convention. Lindsay will begin a Master’s program in ecology in the fall of 2016 at Central Washington University where she received a teaching assistantship.

Image courtesy of TennGreen.


Event Detail

January 18, 2020 10:00 am
January 18, 2020 12:00 pm


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