Anne Outdoors
Growing up on a farm in Michigan, I have been interested in outdoor activities all my life.  Gardening, birding, watching butterflies, and hiking are some of my hobbies.  I am available to present programs on gardening for birds and/or butterflies and to lead nature hikes.
Anne Parmley, anne.parmley@gmail.com
Metropolis Garden Club President
Master Naturalist
Founding Member of the Massac Nature Study Society
Member of the Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society
Member of the Friends of the Cache River Watershed
Butterfly Enthusiast
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Beginning Birding Program:  March 30, 9 a.m., Cache River State Natural Area, Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands Center, Cypress, IL. Master Naturalist Anne Parmley will concentrate on the field marks and sounds of birds commonly found in southern Illinois.  An optional hike will follow, weather permitting.  Call 618-657-2064 for more information.

The Metropolis Garden Club will meet on Monday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the Massac County Extension Office to wrap trees for distribution to school children as our Arbor Day project.

The Metropolis Garden Club will meet on Monday, April 15, at 8:00 a.m. at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street.  Hostesses are Shirley Dishinger and Edna Devore. This is our annual plant sale!

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet on Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a nature walk at Heron Pond.  Meet in the parking lot at the end of Heron Pond Lane off Belknap Road.  From Vienna, drive south on Route 45 for 5 miles (starting at the intersection of Route 146 and Route 43).  Turn right on Belknap Road, go 1.5 miles to Heron Pond Lane. Turn right and continue to the end (about 1 mile).  From Metropolis, drive north on Route 45 for about 16 miles.  Turn left on Belknap Road, go 1.5 miles to Heron Pond Lane. Turn right and continue to the end (about 1 mile).   Everyone is welcome, free.


The Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society will meet on Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. – noon. for the annual Cave Valley Birding Trip.  Meet at the fire station/ community center in Pomona, which is located off Route 127 north of Alto Pass.  Turn onto Pomona Road (west side of Route 127), drive about 1 mile to Natural Bridge Road, turn right - the fire station is on the right in about 0.1 mile.  We usually see many warblers.  Everyone is welcome, free.


The Metropolis Garden Club will meet on Monday, April 29, at 9:00 a.m. at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street to carpool to Giant City State Park.  We will look for wildflowers and have lunch at the lodge.


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A local source for native plants is Southernwood Gardens, phone: 618 833 2769 or 697 3798, located at 4650 Rhine Rd, Alto Pass, IL.