Nashville, TN

Mar 3rd, 2018 to Mar 10th, 2018
Cost: $569.00 Partner Organization(s): Friends of Warner Parks ( Service Type: Environmental Conservation Number of Participants: 10 (including site leaders)

Trip Logistics & Participant Requirements:

We will be staying at an Airbnb in Pegram, TN. The house fits 10 and has a kitchen, wifi, two full bathrooms, and even a hot tub!!!! The drive is about 20 minutes to our worksite and about 25 minutes to downtown Nashville.

We will be driving down as a group on Saturday, March 3rd and returning late on Saturday, March 10th. Kate and Makenzie both have fabulous cars which will be used in the drive to and from Nashville, and also while in the city.

Participants should be prepared for both hard work and fun! Most days will be spent outside in trails so they should be prepared to get dirty. A positive attitude is required, as well as an open-mind.


Service Activities:

We will be working with Friends of Warner Parks in Nashville, TN. Warner Parks include Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park, both of which opened in 1927. Although the specific activities will be based on the parks needs at the time, our group will most likely work to restore trails, remove invasive species, and carry hand tools as we hike along the trails and perform routine maintenance. As needed, we may have other projects to keep the park in pristine condition.


Regional Background:

Commonly referred to as “Music City, U.S.,” Nashville, TN, boasts a rich cultural history since its founding in 1779. Nashville is the both the capital of Tennessee and the capital of country music, housing the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s also know for a significant Civil War history, as well as being the home of Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Nashville is highly populous, with 660,388 residents, and is economically and ethnically diverse.


Community Background:

Warner Parks had a long cultural history in Nashville before its official open to the public. Prior to its introduction in 1927, the land had been part of the Natchez Trace, which led many travelers through the land. In the 1980s, a large project was undertaken to restore the land and make it more accessible for visitors and the Nature Center was opened to promote environmental protection and activism. Today, the park hosts a wide variety of outdoor recreation, including both hiking and biking trails. The Nature Center hosts outreach events and demonstrations for a wide variety of audiences in order to combine education with fun at a relatively low cost for the community.


Recreational Activities:

We definitely plan on exploring Warner Parks when we’re not doing trail work, but in addition to that, we’ll explore the area. Nashville has many landmarks we’d like to check out. including the Parthenon, Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade Plantation, and John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. We would also like to walk around the different neighborhoods of Nashville, like Downtown, the District, the Gulch, 12 South, and others.


About the Site Leaders:

Kate is a second-year student from Fairfax, Va., likely majoring in English and Politics (stay tuned, though). She’s a proud RA in Fitzhugh and a senior associate news editor for The Cavalier Daily. She’s also involved in Sustained Dialogue and the Outdoor Recreation Center. Always down for a deep discussion about crunchy vs. smooth peanut butter or just life in general, Kate is an avid connoisseur of hot chocolate, hiking, folk music, and any situation in which all three are involved.

Makenzie is a second-year student from Chesapeake, VA., hopefully majoring in chemistry and sociology. She is an RA in Gibbons and an Air Force ROTC cadet. She also works with Madison House medservices and loves to hike. Perpetually watching Grey’s Anatomy, Friends, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Makenzie personally has a record of watching Netflix for 24 hours straight (something she is very proud of). Don’t be surprised if she randomly quotes Joey or Ross because, remember, “WE WERE ON A BREAK.”