Monthly Programs


Wildland Fire: A research and operational perspective on environmental and human impacts with Dr. John Iiames

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Wildfire smoke on a rocky mountain slope
Salmon River Idaho Fire, 2023, photo John Iiames

Thursday, February 22, 2024 7pm on Zoom

Step inside the mind of a wildfire as EPA Research Biologist and Air Resource Advisor, John Iiames, shares from his research how these larger and more frequent fires impact us. John is based in North Carolina but spends much of his work time in the western United Stated with fire crews working and researching these wildfires. This is a unique opportunity to learn what current research on these fires is showing from someone on the scene. The program is free but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. The recording will be sent to everyone who registers. Closed captions are available. Please contact Michelle Campanis, mcampani@utk.edu, UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, for any questions or registration issues.

This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning.

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A Tribute to Lynne McCoy, Wildlife Caregiver Extraordinaire

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Thursday, March 7, 7pm EST

Location: ZOOM

In honor of International Women’s Day, the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will pay tribute during our March First Thursday Nature Supper Club to an East Tennessee woman who provided rehabilitation to local injured and orphaned wildlife. During her 49 years of caregiving, the late Lynne McCoy took over 17,000 animals into her home: hawks, opossums, owls, squirrels, finches, cardinals, snakes, ducks, groundhogs, cranes, turtles, vultures, whatever needed her help.  She was state and federally permitted to care for all that required safe shelter until they were able to be released back into the wild. 

The program is free but registration is required to receive the Zoom link and recording. Closed captions are available. The program will be presented by Stephen Lyn Bales, who was a long-time friend and co-worker of Lynne McCoy. Contact UT Arboretum Education Coordinator, Michelle Campanis, for any registration issues or questions.


Group hiking
Third Saturday Hike at the UT Arboretum