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May 02, 2017
Obed Announces Rock Climbing & Paddling Program for Sixth Grade Homeschooled Students
Six years ago, with funding from a National Park Foundation Impact Grant, Obed Wild and Scenic River launched its “National Park in Your Backyard” program for Morgan County sixth grade students. As in previous years, the opportunity to participate in this program will be extended to sixth grade students that are homeschooled or who attend schools other than public schools.

April 21, 2017
2016 Tourism to Obed WSR Created over $4 Million in Economic Benefits: Report shows visitor spending supports 50 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 231,389 visitors to Obed Wild and Scenic River in 2016 spent $4,089,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 50 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $3,893,600.

April 06, 2017
Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers at Obed WSR
Obed WSR is recruiting teachers to participate in the 2017 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program. The TRT program is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service and the University of Colorado Denver.

April 04, 2017
Recreation and Tourism Planning Workshop and Information Sessions on April 13 and May 10
The National Park Service is hosting two Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program information sessions, on Thursday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 10. Both meetings are open to all who may be interested.

March 14, 2017
Visitation to Obed WSR Increases for Tenth Consecutive Year in 2016
Obed WSR recorded 231,390 visits in 2016, during the National Park Service Centennial -- the tenth consecutive increase in visitation to the park.

March 10, 2017
Obed WSR Receives Grant to Further “Parks in Focus” Educational Program
Obed Wild & Scenic River is pleased to announce it has recently been awarded a grant by Eastern National, to further the Parks-In-Focus program in 2017.

January 31, 2017
Obed WSR Announces Sixth Annual Photo Contest
The National Park Service invites the public to submit entries the Obed Wild & Scenic sixth annual photo contest.

January 24, 2017
2017 Cumberland Trail Work Day
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Obed Wild & Scenic River will be hosting the annual Cumberland Trail Work Day on Saturday, February 18. Trail maintenance will be performed on the 2.5-mile section of the Cumberland Trail between Rock Creek Campground and Alley Ford.

December 16, 2016
Obed WSR uses Astronomy Grant Funds to Enhance Night Sky Programs
Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects. To help visitors appreciate the night, earlier this year Obed Wild and Scenic River received a competitive grant from Eastern National to enhance the park’s dark sky and astronomy programs.

December 16, 2016
Ban on Open Fires within Obed WSR Lifted December 15
Recent rain showers and cooler weather have reduced fire activity and Obed Wild & Scenic River officials have lifted the ban on open fires in the park effective December 15.

November 30, 2016
Nemo Picnic Area Improvement Project Scheduled December 1-2
Obed WSR will be rehabilitating the Nemo Picnic Area, with work scheduled to begin December 1. The picnic area will be closed for paving Friday, December 2. Otherwise the area will remain open with access to the comfort station, parking, and river access.

November 16, 2016
All Open Fires Prohibited Due to Extremely Dry Conditions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities, which unduly increase fire danger.

November 02, 2016
Park Implements Campfire Restrictions
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have determined that it is necessary to restrict the use of open fires and activities, which unduly increase the fire danger.

October 31, 2016
Urban Youth Focus on Nature through Photography
Urban fourth graders from Lonsdale Elementary School recently participated in “Opening Doors in National Parks through Nature-Based Learning, Outdoor Recreation, and Photography” at Obed Wild & Scenic River in October.

October 11, 2016
Obed Wild and Scenic River Celebrates its Ruby Anniversary
Obed Wild & Scenic River will be celebrating its 40th anniversary, becoming a unit of the National Park System on October 12, 1976,

September 20, 2016
Obed & Big South Fork Celebrate 2016 National Public Lands Day
Get outdoors and take part in the celebration for National Public Lands Day 2016.

September 15, 2016
YCC Youths Complete Valuable Work at Obed WSR
Four high school students from Morgan County recently finished the summer working on a Youth Conservation Corps team at Obed Wild & Scenic River.

September 12, 2016
The 17th Annual Obed Adopt-A-Crag Volunteer Event was a Huge Success
On September 10, approximately 80 volunteers helped with projects including trail restoration and several beautification projects. The efforts of these caring climbers left the park looking clean and beautiful.

September 01, 2016
Obed WSR Receives Field Trip Grant from the National Park Foundation
Obed WSR encourages all fourth graders to visit the park this year as part of the Every Kid in a Park program. The program gives fourth grade students, and those accompanying them, free access to more than 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide for a year.

August 29, 2016
Obed Adopt-a-Crag Event Celebrates National Public Lands Day on September 10, 2016
Obed Wild and Scenic River will celebrate National Public Lands Day by teaming up with the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition (ETCC) to host the 17th annual Adopt-a-Crag event at the park on Saturday, September 10. Volunteers are needed to help with several projects such as general trail maintenance and litter pickup.

August 29, 2016
Obed WSR Celebrates National Park Service Centennial with 5th Annual Photo Contest Reception
The National Park Service celebrated its Centennial on August 25. In honor of this milestone, Obed WSR recently hosted a combined birthday celebration and unveiling of the winners of the park’s fifth annual photography contest.

August 22, 2016
Obed Wild & Scenic River to Conduct Wilderness Eligibility Assessment
Obed Wild & Scenic River, in keeping with requirements outlined under National Park Service Management Policies, Director’s Order 41, and the 1995 General Management Plan has recently begun the process of conducting a Wilderness Eligibility Assessment on lands within the park boundaries.

August 15, 2016
Obed WSR is the Recipient of a Grant to Engage New Audiences
The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016. The second century is about creating ways for the next generation to make new discoveries in our national parks and connect people to parks. Obed was recently awarded an “Every Kid in a Park” grant through the National Park Foundation.

August 05, 2016
A Celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday!
In celebration of the National Park Service turning 100 years old, Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting a combined birthday party and an art-in-the-park reception on Thursday, August 25, at the Obed Visitor Center.

July 25, 2016
Educator Concludes 2016 Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Experience
On July 18, Brenda Cate concluded her Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) experience at Obed WSR. A Special Education Teacher at Midtown Elementary School, in Harriman, Tennessee, Brenda worked as Obed’s 2016 TRT, where her main focus was to help find ways to offer inclusive programs for persons of different abilities.

July 19, 2016
Find Your Park Obed WSR and Big South Fork NRRA Celebrate National Park Service 100th Birthday August 25-28
Bring your family and friends to celebrate the National Park Service 100th birthday at Obed Wild & Scenic River and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28.

June 06, 2016
Obed Proposes to Increase Campsite Fees for Rock Creek Campground
Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly fee rate at Rock Creek Campground on October 1, 2016. At the same time, the park will also add a feature that allows visitors to reserve, in advance, campground sites by phone or internet as well as in person.

June 02, 2016
Morgan County Sixth Graders Take Part in the 2016 “National Park in Your Backyard” Program
For the fifth year in a row, every sixth grader in Morgan County has had the opportunity to participate in the award-winning “National Park in Your Backyard” program at Obed Wild & Scenic River. Approximately 300 students took part in the program over a 6-day period in May.

August 15, 2013
Obed WSR Survey Results
The Obed WSR Survey results from a 2012 survey have been tabulated.

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