TWRA Youth Fishing Rodeo June 2018

Fairview Parks Department and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is inviting kids ages 16 and under to take part in one of the world’s oldest and most-loved pastimes – fishing!

This year’s Youth Fishing Rodeo will be held once again at Veteran’s Memorial Park at Evergreen Lake off of Hwy 96 in Fairview.  It is located on Black Pine Road across the street form Leatherwood Inc.

The Rodeo will be June 9th from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. as part of the statewide Free Fishing Day.  Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a drawing for prizes at 10 a.m.  Prizes to be given away have been donated by TWRA and include fishing equipment such as tackle boxes, and fishing poles.

In addition to having a chance to catch catfish and win prizes, participants will be treated to free hot dogs and bottled water.

On June 9th, kids 16 and under will have the first shot at catching hundreds of pounds of catfish that TWRA will release into the lake at Veterans Memorial Park.  Participants should bring one fishing pole per child participating in the Fishing Rodeo.  Please leave extra rods in the car.  Once the drawing for prizes is finished at 10am, the stocked area will be opened to everyone and extra rods are welcome.

Free Fishing Day events have been held across Tennessee since the early 1990s and the event in Fairview continues to grow every year.

Free Fishing Day is a statewide and national celebration that offers an opportunity for anyone to fish without possessing a fishing license. Dozens of special events are held across the state with most designed to attract kids to the outdoors, but with their parents’ participation.  However, the day is also meant to allow anyone to fish for free with the intent of introducing more people to fishing, or to rekindling an old passion for the outdoors.

All public waters will be open to fishing without a license requirement on June 10th, according to the TWRA.


Garden Party

June 16th

8 to 11:00am 

All Ages Welcome

A new rain garden is under construction at the Nature Center and we need your help to get it going!  A rain garden is a shallow depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants.  Its job is to capture rainwater runoff and stop the water from reaching the sewer system. Rain gardens greatly increase your contribution to preserving clean rainwater, creating habitat, and preventing local flooding and water pollution.  Join us to learn more about these unique features and get your hands dirty helping to build one here in Bowie Park.


Registration is required.  To register, please contact Nancy Jackson.

Email:               Phone: (615)799-5544 ext 2

Opportunities with Bowie

Employment Opportunities with Camp Bowie

Bowie Park Nature Center is looking for qualified candidates to teach our Camp Bowie Summer Camps beginning in June. This is a part time position and pays $10/hour. Please email Nancy Jackson at to get the job description and the employment application. Check the Camp Bowie blog post linked below for more details about each camp.

For any questions please contact Program Director Nancy Jackson at:

615-799-5544 ext. 2 or

Volunteer Opportunities with Camp Bowie

Interested candidates ages 13-18 can volunteer with Camp Bowie! This is an excellent way to earn volunteer hours and valuable experience while enjoying the outdoors.  Check the Camp Bowie blog post linked below for more details about each camp.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Program Director Nancy Jackson at:

615-799-5544 ext. 2 or


Camp Information

Programs for Little Ones

Joann’s Puppet Powwow

Ages: Families

New Time: 10:00am-10:45am

April 3rd – Pond Life

May 1st – Nocturnal Animals

Have a seat around our puppet theatre in Joann’s Outdoor Classroom as our naturalists present a series of puppet shows! Every series will revolve around a central environmental theme such as life cycles, hibernation, or pollination. Puppet shows will be followed by activities that enhance the topic addressed in the show.

No registration required but may be canceled due to weather. Call 615-799-5544 for information.


Nature Strollers

Ages: 18 months to 5 years

10:00am to 11:00am

April 9th – Water – Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle – by Miranda Paul 

May 14th – Snails – Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature – by Joyce Sidman

Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors! During the program, we will read a book, sing songs, play games, make a craft, and go on a child friendly hike.  Each month there will be a new theme.

No registration required

Butterfly Class

Flowers in Flight

Ages: 8 & up

April 28th

2pm – 3:30pm

Spring is upon us and once again the Butterflies grace the breeze. Join us as we admire, identify, and learn the unique characteristics and adaptions of our native butterflies. Bring your binoculars, water, and comfortable walking shoes.

Registration is required.

Celebrate the Earth

Earth Day Celebration

April 21st

8:30am to 3pm

Come celebrate our big, beautiful planet with park staff and the Friends of Bowie Nature Park. Mother Earth gives us everything we need, so why not spend the day giving back by being earth conscious. There will be plenty of earth centric activities for the whole family.

8:30am|  Plant Swap

9:00am|  Creek Cleanup

11:00am|  Food & Music

12:00pm|  Cache In Trash Out

1:00pm|  Earth Friendly Craft Hour

Registration only required for the Creek Cleanup


Arbor Day Celebration

April 28th

10am to 12pm

The Fairview Tree Commission formally invites you to join them in a celebration of Arbor Day. Everyone in attendance will be able to plant and take home their own tree. There will also be an opportunity to go on a tour of some trees that are special to our area.

No registration required.

Star Party

Star Parties

April 20th – 7:30 to 9:30pm

June 22nd – 8:30 to 10:30pm

Join Bowie Park and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society at our Star Party. Feel free to bring a blanket so you can lie down and look up. BSAS will have telescopes to look at objects such as Saturn, Mars, and double stars!

No registration required.  May be canceled due to weather conditions.  Check our Facebook page for last minute cancellation notices.

Hike with a Naturalist

Hike with a Naturalist

All Ages Welcome


April 2nd

May 7th

June 4th

Join a park Naturalist for an interpretive hike through the beautiful trails here in Bowie Park. Get to know the park in a new way and feel free to ask questions!

No registration required.

Nature Rangers




April 17th – Population Study

May 8th – Wetland Ecology

Bowie now has a Homeschool Class designed for 13-18 year olds! Seize this unique opportunity to closely study the park’s ecology using scientific methods. Participants will do hands on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the many environments of Bowie.

Registration is required.

Night Hike

Twilight Stroll

All Ages Welcome

May 25th


Experience the park as the sun goes down.  We will hike through the forest as we search for animals who are active at dusk, play some games, and sit around a fire.

Registration required. Call 615-799-5544 or email