Viewing Nature

at Well Being Conference Center In Claiborne County, Tennessee

Florescent Hillsides

Florescent Hillsides

There are many ways to immerse yourself in the beauty and stillness of Nature here: You can float the gentle river in one of our kayaks, or stroll along the river bank, or hike to the top of the property and watch the hawks soaring, or sit on a sandy beach and listen to the sound of the river flowing over the shoals, or, well, let your imagination off the leash and run with it.

Wildlife is plentiful and readily visible at the 158 acre Well Being Conference Center.

The property is surrounded by 2.4 miles of the Powell River, which is “one of the most biologically diverse rivers in a temperate climate” anywhere in the world according to US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Turtles on a Log

Turtles on a Log

There may be up to 100 species of fish in the river. For comparison, the entire West Coast of the US may be home to less than 50 species of freshwater fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the re-introduction of rare and endangered freshwater mussels into the Powell River at several locations.

We regularly see Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers, Wood Ducks and other birds on the water. There is a Great Blue Heron rookery upstream that had 15 nests in one tree in the Spring of 2011.

White Tail Deer at Well Being Conference Center

White Tail Deer at Well Being Conference Center

We don’t permit hunting, cats or unleashed dogs  on the property so the wildlife is gradually becoming more visible. The habitat is diverse: from hilltop pastures, forested hillsides, and river edge thickets. There are, of course, lots of White Tail Deer, but you may also get to see a Bobcat (rare), or a Coyote (semi-rare) or hear a barn owl from across the river on a moonlit night. On a sunny day, you will see why we named one section of driveway: “Turtle Bend.”

View a list of all the animals seen to date at Well Being Conference Center.

Blue Bird

Blue Bird

For bird lovers, there are year-round opportunities to see many different species. We have regularly seen large flocks of Wild Turkeys and have spotted Bald Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Indigo Buntings, Bluebirds, wrens and many of your other favorites. View a list of birds seen to date and positively identified at Well Being Conference Center.

Of course, there are lots of wildflowers, trees, and native shrubs on the property that we are just beginning to recognize. Since we don’t use any kind of pesticides on the property, there are lots of butterflies, and other beautiful and interesting insects. One interesting insect that is NOT here is the mosquito!

Buds in Springtime

Buds in Springtime

Butterfly on Thistle

Butterfly on Thistle

Since this is the real outdoors, we urge everyone to practice good judgment and Safety while you are here and enjoying Nature (and the occasional construction vehicle).
Esme Making Friends

Esme Making Friends