Celebrate Easter with events at Tennessee State Parks

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Tennessee State Parks are perfect destinations for Easter celebrations, offering festivities for young and old alike. Whether you want to dye eggs or just hunt them, these springtime events are popular ways to spend the holiday weekend. Look at the list below to find an event near you.

March 10, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park, 1300 Cordell Hull Memorial Drive, Byrdstown. Phone: (931) 864-3247

Join Sue Duncan for this two part class.  The first half of the class, we will learn how to dye our Easter eggs naturally by using colors made by nature. We will learn how plants can make beautiful colors for our eggs.  In the second half of the class, we will learn about the pysanka.

The first half of the class, we will learn how to dye our Easter eggs naturally by using colors made by nature. We will learn how plants can make beautiful colors for our eggs.  In the second half of the class, we will learn about the pysanka technique.  It is an Eastern European style of decorating Easter eggs with wax to create beautiful designs.

Sue Duncan is a retired park ranger from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.  She has over 30 years in historical interpretation and education.

Everyone will take home 6 eggs and kits to make your own pysanka eggs at home. Children need to be accompanied by an adult and must be at least 7 years old. Make sure to bring your lunch and wear clothes that can be stained.  This class is $25 per person and all supplies are provided for this fun class.  Meet at: Park Office

March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Henry Horton State Park, 4209 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill. Phone: (931) 364-2222 or (931) 364-7724

Henry Horton State Park is hosting our 5th Annual Duck River Day to celebrate & welcome Spring to the park!

There will be all sorts of activities for all walks of life, perfect for the entire family… Shop local vendors, eat local foods, enjoy educational programs, live music & classic cars! — Be sure to bring a basket for the kids to participate in our Easter Egg Hunt!

It’s easy to take the beauty of the Duck River for granted especially if you are so lucky see it every day… It’s full of diverse wildlife & teaming with aquatic activity… From the fish swimming below to the humans canoeing and recreating on top of the surface… You won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy its beauty on Duck River Day in Chapel Hill, Tennessee!

Participants are not required to register.. but if you’d like to let us know you’re planning to join, click Register for Event!

And don’t forget, the chefs at The Governor’s Table Restaurant are preparing a special Easter Buffet for Sunday, April 1. They will be serving from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Saturday, March 31: Starting at 1 p.m.

Annual Egg Hunt on the Lake

Registration is not required to participate; we just like to be prepared! Late arrivals will not be able to participate!

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park will be holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Poplar Tree Lake on the South End of the park. The event is FREE!!! Bring your own basket!

There will be four age groups:

  • 0-2 Years
  • 3-4 Years
  • 5-7 Years
  • 8-12 Years

We will have First, Second, and Third Place prizes for each age group. There will be live Raptors and Reptiles. T-Shirts will be available for purchasing at the event.

Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, 910 Riddick Road, Millington. Phone: (901) 876-5215. Meet at the Nature Center 361 Grassy Lake Road, Millington.

For a complete list of all events statewide, visit Tennessee State Parks online.

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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