By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
Patti and Tom Caprara, Gabbi Olsen and Lauren, Brian and Merick Bucher listen to Owls Hill Sanctuary volunteer talk about the creek and animals that live nearby. Photos by Carole Robinson
It may have been cold Monday but that didn’t stop dedicated outdoor enthusiasts from enjoying a crisp walk in the woods during the Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary’s annual guided Marshmallow Hike.
|Gabbi Olsen helps Grandpa Tom Caprara up a rocky slope at Owl’s Hill during the annual Marshmallow Hike.
Every year, between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Sanctuary hosts the Marshmallow Hike, which ends with a cup of hot chocolate and a chance to roast marshmallows in an outdoor fireplace.
Owl’s Hill, a 160-acre private, protected area located on Beech Creek Road in Brentwood, is dedicated to educating adults and children about conservation, restoration, research and species protection.
For example, naturalists are experimenting with using local sheep and goats to rid the sanctuary of invasive, non-native plants that threaten to overtake native plants, said Margaret Cameron, director of the sanctuary.
“This is being used in a lot of places like Chattanooga to eat the kudzu that is overtaking any open area,” Cameron said. “In the Smokies they are using them to get rid of the kudzu and to help the balds on many mountain tops non-native plants have invaded.”
Beginning next week, catch the Knee High Naturalist “Whooo’s Calling?” on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6-7, where children age 3-5 years will learn about the habitat for owls.
On Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1-4 p.m. Winter Fairyland is a chance to construct a fairy house—mini shelters for woodland friends using natural materials found at Owl’s Hill.
For more information about Owl’s Hill and to register for one of the many programs, go to www.owlshill.org
or call 370-4672.
For more photos, visit our Facebook page.
Braeden Bucher takes a moment by a seasonal creek
Nature sanctuary needs volunteers
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, a protected green space in northwestern Williamson County is offering volunteer training Jan. 14, 21, 28 from 9 a.m. until noon.
The non-profit’s mission of education, conservation, restoration, research and species protection is supported by volunteers.
To protect and preserve the 160 acres and the wildlife that reside there, access to Owl’s Hill is by reservation only. To learn more, visit online at www.owlshill.org
Posted on: 1/6/2014