January 2018
Volunteer Open House
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00am - 11:00am

Owl's Hill cannot exist without the tremendous support of volunteers each year.  Our devoted volunteers play an essential role in fulfilling our mission here at Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary.

Come learn about our current volunteer opportunities including: fielding phone calls, data entry, trail guides, school group docent and special event volunteers.  You can volunteer once a week, once a month or periodically throughout the year. We will help you find the perfect opportunity that matches your time, talents and interest.
  • Share and inspire others with your love of nature
  • Enhance your knowledge of nature history and hone your public speaking skills
  • Have fun while making the world a better place
  • Meet others with common interests
We hope to see you  January 20th to learn more about our exciting volunteer opportunities and stay for an optional guided hike with Julie Eperjesi, Director of Education.

Interested? Please register here .
Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedorum 
Photo Credit: Mary Glynn Williamson

If you have ever thought to yourself "I'd like to learn how to identify birds," winter is a great time of year to begin. The lack of foliage presents better viewing opportunities while the drop in variety of birds lessens the sometime overwhelming populations that are present in our spring and summer seasons.  The Cedar Waxwing (
Bombycilla cedrorum) is one of our more beautiful winter residents, and one that you wouldn't necessarily see in the summer unless you are heading east.

Cedar Waxwings have an overall sleek appearance and a silky crest that drapes back over its head.  Its debonair black mask and tail feathers with bright yellow tips are easy to identify with a good pair of binoculars.  Cedar Waxwings are notorious for overindulging in available fruit and will often eat overripe and fermented berries, which can sometimes lead to intoxication.  

To learn more about this and other birds of Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Watchable Wildlife website.  And as always, come on out to Owl's Hill, where Cedar Waxwings and other birds call us home.  There's always something interesting to see.
UPDATE: Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count at Owl's Hill was an eventful morning led by Tennessee Ornithological Society Route Leader, Jean Buchanan. Many thanks to this year's counters who braved the frosty December morning:
Dane Andersen
Kristy Baker
Scott Bender
Ian Duvenhage
Denis Lovell
Bethany Pierce
Mary Glynn Williamson

and staff members, Kristin Hopkins and Susan Duvenhage.  

The final count was: 471 birds; representing 31 species. The next bird count is this Spring - stay tuned!
 Spring Break Camp 2018
March 26 - 30, 2018    9am - 3pm

At Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary we want to share an amazing world of wonder with your child.  Here, nature is the guide - and it leads us to crayfish in the creek, meeting our owls and hiking in the woods.

Camp Includes:
water bottle and hot dog lunch on Friday. 

Ages 5 to 12.
Registration is limited to 20 campers. (Daily minimum of 5 campers required).

$270 for full week; $65 daily rate

Extended care:
3 - 5pm daily; $40 for the full week; $10 daily rate
Summer Camp 2018
Summer camp provides rewarding opportunities f or campers to learn about Tennessee wildlife and the environment in a natural setting through games, hikes, exploration, crafts and live animal programs.

Camp is limited in size so each child receives individual attention. Registration includes a camp shirt, water bottle and daily snack. Campers bring a lunch Monday-Thursday. All camps include Friday kosher hotdog lunch, ice cream desert and water games.

Nature Ranger Camp - Ages 5 - 11
Session I: June 4 - 8
Session II: June 18 - 22
Session III: July 16 - 20

Outdoor Explorer Camp - Ages 5 - 11
Session I: June 11 - 15
Session II: July 9 - 13
Session III: July 23 - 27

Screech Owl Camp (1/2 Day) - Ages 5 - 7
June 25 - 29 (9:00am - 1:00pm

Animal Caretakers (1/2 Day)
Ages 12 - 16
June 25 - 29 (2:00pm - 4:30pm)

Junior Naturalists - Ages 12 - 16
July 2 & 3 

Knee-High Naturalists:  Camouflage, Can You Find Me?-  Paren ts & Kid s Ages 3-5
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am
Cost:  $10 one adult + one child/ $7 each add'l person

Children will discover what camouflage is and learn how animals have different colors and patterns to blend into the environment. Children will make their own special binoculars. Registration required. No walkups

Family Geocaching Day
All Ages
Saturday, January 13, 2018
10:00am - 2:00pm
FREE - Registration required

Come geocaching at Owl's Hill! Geocaching is a highly popular, worldwide treasure hunt game. Geocaches are hidden in containers that can be found using a GPS or smartphone. We have new sites set up that are ready to be found. 

This is also a fantastic way for new geocachers to get acquainted with the game.  Hike around in the woods and see what you can find! Sign up to reserve your spot. 

Painting for the Fun of It!
Fri days January 12 - February 16, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
$325 / person

Sign up for a six-week series called "Painting For The Fun Of It!" with acclaimed artist and art teacher, Rachael McCampbell. During this winter series, Rachael will teach color-mixing, composition, painting techniques and more in both acrylic and oil paints. Beginners are welcome! Remember, art classes make great gifts! Class size is limited and this popular series will sell out quickly.

Beginning Basket Weaving- Adults Only
Saturday, January 13, 2018
9:00am - 1:00pm
$45 / person (includes weaving supplies)

Join us as we engage in the traditional craft of basket weaving with expert weaver Janet Lanier. We will be weaving a "Catch All" basket.  This class is great for beginners.