The Center for Sustainable Stewardship presents Dr. John Ayers’ presentation, “What is environmental sustainability, and how can we promote it in Middle TN?" at Big East Fork Retreat, 5375 Big East Fork Rd on Saturday, December 1st from 2-4pm.
Dr. Ayers is the Vanderbilt University Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and recently published a book on Sustainablity. He has submitted the Retreat Center and nonprofit organization to become part of various Vanderbilt-sponsored sustainability research studies. https://my.vanderbilt.edu/johncayers/
Join us at the Retreat for an engaging presentation and discussion.
Our goal is to reach out to residents, businesses and our sustainability community partners as we explore the different themes surrounding sustainability.
From Dr. Ayers:
"Sustainability promotes human wellbeing now and in the future. Environmental sustainability protects some of the natural environment so that it can continue to provide critical ecosystem services in the future, thereby ensuring high levels of food, water, and energy security. In the Anthropocene, human population growth and increasing material consumption are causing unsustainable environmental impacts that are changing Earth on a global scale. Climate change and biodiversity loss may reduce the ability of future generations to maintain a high level of wellbeing. In the spirit of the motto 'Think global, act local', I will discuss some of the sustainability challenges we face in Middle TN, and possible solutions."
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Ayers' talk will be relevant to High School ages and up. Free to the public but donations gratefully accepted.
CSS Retreat at Big East Fork Valley
O P E N T O T H E P U B L I C
The Center for Sustainable Stewardship is proud and honored to operate Big East Fork Retreat. It offers something for everyone: hiking, horseback riding, biking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocci ball, sunset watching, farm animals to meet, edible foraging, fire circles, music making, play acting, yoga, and dancing.
The Center for Sustainable Stewardship is often open to the community for outdoor recreation. Please call to check on hours as we are many times closed for private functions. For the days, CSS is open to the community, we offer something for everyone: hiking, horseback riding, biking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, fishing, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocci ball, sunset watching, farm animals to meet, edible foraging, fire circles, music making, play acting, yoga, and dancing.
All visitors who venture outside the Retreat Center must purchase a day pass. Purchasing a pass allows hiking, sitting/lounging on outside porches, forest bathing on secluded outdoor platforms by a tranquil stream, exploring the organic farm across the road (including petting and feeding Rosie the donkey and our pet goats, Smith and Wesson), and picnicing in the Lake Gratitude gazebo. Most importantly, purchasing a day pass allows you to help preserve and protect 2300 precious acres of biodiverse species and landscape which all of us (and those who will follow) can enjoy.
Big East Fork Retreat is the home of Sustainability Radio, a non-profit network of interesting conversation and other-worldly music. Come to our studio as we record on Sundays. Become part of the conversation.
2-day pass $30/ person
Family 2-day pass $40
Fishing $10/person. Catch-and-release. Required TN State fishing license may be purchased in office.
Watercraft (kayak, canoe, paddleboat, paddle board; includes required flotation vest) $10/hr
Free Movie TBA
Plan your events, workshops, classes, or conferences at the Retreat or in one of nine adjacent homes. Contact us for details: bigeastfork @ gmail dot com
Several MeetUp groups use our facilities for fellowship and music making. Plan your private events, workshops or conferences. Contact us for more details at email@example.com