Day-long Workshop Should Interest Students, Gardeners, Educators and Others

Butterfly in the UT Gardens, Knoxville

Butterflies are among the many species that visitors can learn about at an upcoming symposium at the UT Gardens, Knoxville. The Citizen Science Symposium will be Saturday, June 18. For information about registration fees, visit the symposium's website. Photo of butterfly in the UT Gardens, Knoxville, by D. Stowell, courtesy UTIA. Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Join some natural scientists from the University of Tennessee and learn to observe our natural world.

On Saturday, June 18, the UT Gardens will present a day-long learning experience: Citizen Science in the Gardens. The event offers a variety of topics that should be of interest to students, gardeners, families, educators and the general public. Organizers say that citizen scientists in East Tennessee can make significant contributions to programs such as the Great Sunflower Project, Monarch monitoring, and Project BudBurst because of the great biodiversity of the region. The symposium will also address observing native and invasive species.

The symposium will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with lunch included. Join us to learn how an average citizen can help monitor the growth of plants and animals through keen observation.

Joanne Logan, a UT associate professor who studies applied climatology and climate change, will help participants look beyond Tennessee with discussions of how climate effects our region and our world. Logan has directed UT environmental and soil sciences students since 2001. She serves on both the UT Sustainability Working Group and the Campus Committee for the Environment.

The cost for the program is $50 for members of the Friends of the UT Gardens and $60 for nonmembers. Children under 18 are welcome to attend with their parents for a cost of $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The cost includes a catered lunch. Register for the event online at the website

The UT Gardens in Knoxville features more than 1,000 woody plants under long-term observation and 2,000 varieties of herbaceous plants evaluated annually. The Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory, as well as a teaching facility and a collection of public gardens, sharing their beauty with over 50,000 visitors yearly.

For more information and directions to the UT Gardens, Knoxville, visit the website:

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Karen Leu, UT Gardens, Knoxville, 865-974-7151,