River Talks

In April of 2014, Cumberland River Compact began hosting River Talks: An Educational Series at the Cumberland River Center. River Talks feature a variety of educational talks and are broken down into five series: History of the Cumberland, Natural World of the Cumberland, Travelers on the Cumberland, Spirits on the Cumberland, and Innovations and Solutions for the Cumberland. These events bring experts, artists, researchers, professionals, and characters of the river together to share their knowledge and experience. All events are free and open to the public!

Winter 2018 River Talks Schedule


“Aquatic Biodiversity In Tennessee”
January 25th @ Noon

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“Mysterious Ruins on the Water: Stories of Tunnels and Other Curiosities”
February 1st @ Noon

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“Climate Change Primer”
February 8th @ 7pm

with Kathleen Biggins and Harriette Brainard from C-Change Conversations


“Environmental Impacts of Urban Agriculture”
February 22nd @ Noon

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“Invasive Plants in Riparian Zones: Identification and Control Considerations”
March 1st at Noon

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“Talking Trees, People and Nashville: A Tale of Urban Forestry in the City”
March 8th @ Noon

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“Nashville’s Mass Transit Plan: Is It Good for the Environment?”
March 15th @ Noon

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About River Talks

Natural World of the Cumberland

standard_Natural_World_kindful_header 2 The Natural World of the Cumberland series is dedicated to Bob Brown. Bob Brown was a self-taught naturalist who dedicated many years of his life to the exploration and protection of natural spaces in and around Nashville. Now in our fourth season, the Compact and the organizations touched by Bob Brown and his generosity will continue to share with the public a series of talks and outings highlighting the special spaces and places to which he dedicated his life. Partnering organizations include Friends of Warner Parks, Greenways for Nashville, Harpeth River Watershed Association, The Nature Conservancy Tennessee Chapter, The Land Trust for Tennessee, Tennessee Environmental Council, TennGreen, Swan Conservation Trust, and Warner Parks Nature Center.

Travelers on the Cumberland


Travelers on the Cumberland welcomes those who have paddled, swum, navigated, and explored the Cumberland River. From Vic Scoggins, who swam the entire length of the river to draw awareness to its polluted condition, to Captain Mike Hughes, who has worked at the Ingram Barge Company for 25 years, this series spotlights those who know the river best.

Innovations and Solutions for the Cumberland

standard_Innovations_and_Solutions_Kindful_Cover 2Innovations and Solutions for the Cumberland explores the advances that have been made in the fields of green infrastructure, water policy, engineering, construction, and environmental policy. Whether you are a civil engineer, scientist, teacher, homeowner, or simply someone interested in the latest advances in water- related technologies, these lectures are for you!

History of the Cumberland

standard_History_Series_Kindful_CoverThe History of the Cumberland lecture series examines the important events and figures in the history of the Cumberland River Basin. Featuring some of the Basin’s preeminent historians and storytellers, this series explores how the river as we know it came to be. Come learn about the early settlers along the Cumberland, the history of commerce on the river, and how the Cumberland River shaped the world around it.

Spirits on the Cumberland

standard_Spirits_Series_Kindful_Cover 2Spirits on the Cumberland highlights artists, musicians, businesses, and characters who have been inspired by the river. The goal of this series is to encourage a broader appreciation for the importance of the river and how it has shaped and inspired our community.

At Home on the Cumberland

At Home on the Cumberland is a new series highlighting ways to protect the Cumberland River right at home. Talks in this series will highlight opportunities to work with the Cumberland River Compact and partners to protect our waterways. From building rain gardens, to installing rain barrels, and more, this series is a great way to find new ways to take action to protect the Cumberland.