Nature Fest 2017
Nature Fest 2017April 21-24th
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2017 Press Release

The city of Cookeville and Putnam County are pleased to announce 10th annual Nature Fest will be held Thursday, April 21st through Sunday, April 24th. Nature Fest is a four-day event celebrating our natural world and is designed to educate the citizens of the region and beyond about the abundance of opportunities to enjoy nature right here in the Upper Cumberland.

The event is free and is held at Pennebaker Hall on Tennessee Tech University campus, City Lake Natural Area and Cane Creek Park in Cookeville, among other locations.

Plans for Nature Fest 2017 are well underway. Hikes, lectures, workshops, presentations and activities focused on land, water, air, plants and animals will be led by knowledgeable people willing to share their expertise.

Each year Nature Fest has grown larger and larger, and this year will be no exception with new speakers, topics and activities. Special children's activities will also be offered including hands-on crafts that relate to nature.

Nature Fest 2017 is presented by Cookeville Department of Leisure Services, Tennessee Tech University, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Nature Fest planning committee. For more information, call Cookeville Leisure Services (931) 520-4386


Members of the Nature Fest planning committee met at City Hall to plan Cookeville's 10th annual Nature Fest, scheduled for May 1 through May 4, 2014. Back row, left to right: Richard Pirkle, Tennessee Tech University Biology Department; Marty Kissane, volunteer committee member; Rick Woods, City of Cookeville Leisure Services; Dan Combs, Tennessee Tech University Biology Department; Alfred Ballinger, Cumberland Mountain Outdoor Sports. Front row, left to right: Beth Smith, volunteer committee member; and Kris Ballinger, musician. Not pictured is Chris Simpson, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.