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Third Annual Interpretive Program Partnership Day

With students from East Tennessee State University studying Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources in Parks and Recreation

Saturday, April 16      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

ETSU Student Will Miller leads a tour of the Arboretum

On April 16th from 1 pm until approximately 5 pm, ETSU Park and Recreation Students enrolled in SALM 3110 Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources Class will be conducting interpretive programs on Sycamore Shoals. The public is cordially invited to participate with them as they share the unique features that make Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park a premier natural and historical resource in the Upper East Tennessee region.

The first student led interpretive program will begin at 1:00 pm at the Carter Mansion and will cover the historical importance of John Carter in the region as a merchant and early political leader. Students will also lead a tour of the grounds surrounding the Carter Mansion. The Carter Mansion is a satellite park of Sycamore Shoals and is located at 1031 Broad Street in Elizabethton, TN.

The second student led interpretive program will begin at 2:30 in the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include a brief walk around the property ending with an overview of the Fort and its significance as the birthplace of early Democracy in America. Particular attention will be placed on the historical importance of Sycamore Shoals as it relates to early American History and the program will focus on some of the key historical figures of the region.

The third and final student led interpretive program will begin between at 3:30 in front of the Sycamore Shoals Visitor Center and will include an overview of the Sycamore Shoals Arboretum focusing on specific key trees in the arboretum. The interactive nature of this program will include walking through the arboretum with stops at various species of trees that are indicative of the region.

The students are conducting the interpretive programs as a part of the SALM 3110 course curriculum designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students in the class while cultivating a lasting stewardship within the community for Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. We encourage you to join these upcoming professionals in the field of Parks and Recreation for an enjoyable afternoon at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 23.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 W. Elk Avenue – Elizabethton, TN 37643






“Through interpretation, understanding; through understanding, appreciation; through appreciation, protection.”

                                                                        -Freeman Tilden