BHEA is a non-profit organization for independent homeschooling families. BHEA was formed in the late 1980s to encourage successful home education in Blount County. The organization, which operates with the help of many parent volunteers, provides support, information and encouragement to over 250 homeschooling families. BHEA sponsors many activities throughout the school year to enhance the educational program that each participating family provides at home.
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We haven't been promoting this teen event because it looked unlikely that it would happen, but we are happy to announce that Tremont has figured out how to do monarch tagging in spite of the GSMNP being shut down!
Here are the details. There is still plenty of space available! If you've already signed up, you don't need to sign up again.
WHAT: In October teens will have a chance to spend the morning catching butterflies at Kyker Bottoms Wildlife Management Area as part of the citizen scientist program at Tremont Institute. Tremont volunteers have been tagging monarch butterflies for many years in order to learn more about their migration and population status. Participants also catch and identify other butterfly and insect species. You don't have to know anything about butterfly tagging—the Tremont scientist will explain everything and give you a butterfly net to use there.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 15. Meet at 10 a.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE) at the visitor information shelter at the entrance to Cades Cove. (We will be done between 12:30-1 p.m. so that students can return for swimming in the afternoon.) Kyker Bottoms is much closer to Maryville than Cades Cove. See directions below.
COST: $2/person. Please pay on Tuesday.
DIRECTIONS: Here is the website: http://www.tnbirds.org/birdfinding/KykerBottoms.htm
There are directions on this page. Basically you take 411 out of Maryville and turn left onto Rt. 129 at the light. Follow 129 - The road will fork at about 7 miles, and you take the right fork (there's a gas station on the left at this X-shaped intersection). About 0.3 mile later, turn right onto Garland rd. You will enter the refuge property - the refuge will be on your right. Follow Garland until it ends at a T-intersection. Then turn right onto Big Gully Rd. The parking lot and kiosk will be in about 0.2 mi on the right. Park there and find us in the kiosk or at the observation deck on the top of the hill. Should take about 20-30 minutes to get there from Maryville.
Come on out and enjoy a beautiful fall morning!