Summer Kick-Off on June 4

Saturday, June 4 marks the kick-off a summer packed with fun, healthy and super family friendly activities throughout our parks! National Trails Day The American Hiking Association presents its annual National Trails Day on June 4, and MCP&R will host the first of a series of four summer hikes. The Chickasaw Trace Hike will be…

The Scoop on Poop (DOG poop, that is)

Lots of park patrons bring their best friends to the park, and by that I mean the furry, four-legged kind of best friend.  “That’s great!” you may be thinking and generally I agree, except for the poop problem.  “What?!” you may say, “There’s no problem!  Dog poop is NATURAL!  My dog poops in my yard…

New Park Conceptual Plans!

Maury County Parks & Recreation has employed Equinox to develop a master plan for the development of a 474-acre site on the Duck River just outside of Columbia, TN. The community has so far expressed a vision for recreation use of the site that is in balance with conserving the many natural resources on the property. Equinox led a…

Green Exercise?

Walking out of the doctor’s office with a prescription or two is business as usual. But, what if that prescription is to spend time outdoors? That’s exactly what an initiative that began September 2010 trains health professionals to do. These “nature champions,” as they have been called (USA Today, 2/28/2011) write and train others to…

Parks Build Communities

“Parks are public spaces and every community, every neighborhood deserves a high quality park” – Jimmy O’Connor, NRPA The National Recreation and Parks Association’s Park Build Community initiative is a national program since 2009 that has collaborated with businesses, non-profits and industry professionals to build, improve and restore parks, connect kids with nature and promote…

2015 Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report to the community is out and we are celebrating our continuing efforts to connect “People, Parks & Nature” throughout our community.  Explore who we are, what we do, our partners and friends and take a peek into what’s in store for 2016! To view, just click on the image below, or…

Experience Summer in the Park!

IT’S FINALLY SUMMER! How can you experience summer in the park?  Let us count the ways: CAMPS!  Girl Scout Camp is June 1-5 and Cub Scout Camp is June 8-12 at Chickasaw Trace Park.  Softball/Baseball camps run June 8-19 at Maury County Park. SPECIAL DAYS!  Join in on celebrating National Trails Day on June 6th…

Celebrate National Trails Day – June 6

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® brings together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 6, 2015, for the 23rd annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. More than 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations…

All Aboard! Miniature Trains Come to Maury County Park

One of Maury County’s most beloved and recognizable community partners is the Mid-South Live Steamers organization. The miniature trains are a huge draw to Maury County Park, and epitomize the kind of relationship we strive to have with our partners and our community! Many people fondly remember bringing their children and grandchildren to Maury County…

Learning Outdoors

Outdoor classrooms combine the teaching and healing aspects of nature with hands-on, sensory learning for all ages. Reading, Writing, Science, Mathematics Social Studies and Service Learning can all be explored outdoors by using read-alongs and read-alouds, journaling, vocabulary-building, using math and science skills in the scientific method of observing, classifying, identifying, measuring, and experimentation, and…

National Environmental Education Week: April 19-25

Greening STEM: Surrounded by Science is the theme of this year’s Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the week our nation focuses on promoting environmental education. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and the 2015 EE week is all about how STEM learning can assist with the understanding of the natural world. Science provides…

The Great American Clean-up

In 1981, Carey Hickman and others in Maury County established the “Clean Community System” to help preserve Maury County’s natural environment and keep it litter-free. In 2001, the agency became affiliated with the Keep Tennessee Beautiful organization and was renamed Keep Maury Beautiful, Inc. (KMB). Saturday, April 18, 2015 In addition to its many county-wide…