Join Us for Springtime Family Fun on April 13

Bird eggs in bamboo

Bamboo can provide good cover for nesting birds. Come learn more at the UT Gardens Wild Bird Eggstravaganza, a family-friendly event intended for children 12 years old and younger. Pre-registration is required. Visit the UT Gardens website: Photo by R. Lester, courtesy USDA ARS. Download image​​.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Celebrate springtime at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, with wild bird education and an egg hunt on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Families will learn how to attract birds to their home garden and create natural spring-inspired crafts. Enjoy educational activities led by the UT Gardens education staff, the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the UT Poultry Club. All kids will leave with a beneficial insect hotel craft, a flower to transplant, a pine cone bird nesting bundle, and a bird mobile. This year we are excited to offer eggs stuffed with wild flower seed paper confetti as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic toys or trinkets. Children will also get a chance to win a prize or two. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around for a selfie with your family.

In partnership with the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, and Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center, the annual Wild Bird Eggstravaganza is food-free. This is a family friendly event and is intended for children ages 12 and under. Bring your Easter basket and a camera! Wild Bird Eggstravaganza is sponsored by Allergy & Asthma Affiliates and the Allergy, Asthma, & Sinus Center.

The cost for Eggstravaganza is $8 per child ages 12 and under. Due to limited capacity and to ensure that everyone has an opportunity for an enjoyable visit, advanced registration is required. Please reserve your child’s space by visiting visit by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019. 

More than 1,000 woody plants are under long-term observation at the UT Gardens, and around 2,000 varieties of herbaceous plants are evaluated annually. The Gardens function as an outdoor laboratory, teaching and research facility, and public gardens, sharing their beauty with more than 50,000 visitors yearly. Established in 1983 by the UT Institute of Agriculture Department of Plant Sciences, the Gardens are recognized as one of only 34 official All American Selections (AAS) test sites in the United States. Both the UT Gardens in Knoxville and Jackson are Tennessee Certified Arboreta and American Conifer Society Reference Gardens. For more information, visit

In Knoxville, the UT Gardens are located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the Institute of Agriculture campus. From I-40 take Exit 386B onto Highway 129 (Alcoa Highway south toward the airport). From Highway 129 take the exit for Highway 158 (Neyland Drive). Turn left onto Neyland Drive at end of exit ramp. Turn left onto Joe Johnson Drive and right at the next light onto Chapman Drive. Free visitor parking is available directly across from the Gardens’ entrance.

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Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens, 865-974-7151,