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Upcoming Activities and Event Dates - 2017!

posted Aug 29, 2011, 3:04 PM by Admin   [ updated Jan 19, 2017, 9:09 AM by Dennis Gregg ]

 January Activities

Field Trip to see Sandhill Cranes

Saturday, January 7

Carpool leaves Common Ground at 9:00 a.m.


Join OWCA for a visit to Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County on Saturday morning, January 7, 2017 to see Sandhill Cranes and other birds. Hiwassee is justifiably famous for the thousands of wintering Sandhill Cranes, along with numerous other waterbirds, plus Bald Eagles. The drive takes a little over an hour from Crossville. We will visit several viewing sites there and along the river, including the Cherokee Removal Memorial. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide. Ed LeGrand (931-788-1846) will be our bird expert and will bring a spotting scope. Please dress warmly! We’ll leave from Common Ground (405 4th St.) in Crossville at 9:00 AM. Return in about 4 hours.

Invasive Plant Fighters Needed

We’re going to be fighting the invasive plants again this winter and we could use a few volunteers. Because it needs to be above freezing (the warmer the better), we don’t have specific dates in mind, but if you’d like to help with eliminating invasive plants from the CoLinx wetland area or Centennial Park, please give Dennis a call at 210-3611 and he’ll give you a few days notice before they go out. It’s mainly cutting and painting the larger plants and pulling the small seedlings. We’ll be focusing mainly on privet.

    Talk on TN Mussels

     Continued work on Invasives
     February 25th Free tree giveaway - sign up with TN Environmental Council
      Talk on Cumberland County Frogs and Toads
      Continued work on Invasives, Native planting on two sites

      Wildflower Walks
      April 21-22 - Native Plant Sale at Spring Garden Show

      Talk on Native Plant Landscaping
      Stream Walks

      Landscaping on Lakefront properties talk
      Devil's Breakfast Table Clean-up
      July 22 - WaterFest at Meadow Park Lake

WaterFest Website:   There are photos from previous years' activities and up-to-date information on the 2017 WaterFest

 Amazon Shopping Link

Amazon’s program to help non-profits continues all year.  If you’re going to make purchases through Amazon, help OWCA by using the link:


     The OWCA Board includes Brad Fox (President),  Amy Steele-Wortel (Vice-President), Mary Lou Matteson (Treasurer), Hugh Thomforde (Secretary), Majorie Buxbaum, Katie Heying, Ed LeGrand, Matt Matteson, Wayne Russell, Robert Safdie, and Rebecca Whitney. 

OWCA sponsors are CoLinx, Veolia Water NA,VEC Customer Share, MTNG Hometown Help, Manchester Tank,  Cumberland Medical Center, EcoTravel Plaza, Stonehaus Winery, Outdoor Experience, FirstBank, Highland Federal Savings and Loan, Silvara Stone, and Kroger. 

 OWCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization.  Tax deductible contributions can be sent to OWCA, 405 4th St. Crossville, TN 38555.  Dennis Gregg is the Executive Director and can be reached at 484-9033 or 210-3611.

405 4th St