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What is Sequatchie Valley Institute?

The Sequatchie Valley Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, learning center, and dynamic residence model located on a land trust of over 300 acres which offers opportunities for society to learn about and experience living in harmony with nature.
S.V.I. has been a highlight of the Greater Chattanooga area since 1997.

We welcome conferences, group tours, and home and public school field trips. Our facilities are also available year-round for those who would like to reserve unique picturesque event space or coordinate a relaxing, rustic, and restorative camping excursion. We also organize regular public events and activities.

Education

S.V.I. participates in research and education about ecological conservation and restoration, health & wellness, art, and more  –  making practices of sustainable and regenerative living available to all.

Greenhouse at Sequatchie Valley Institute Spring Planting Season Life on Nature Reserve
Spring Planting Season at Sequatchie Valley Institute

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Nature

Fun Fact: The 300+ acres of family land that S.V.I. calls home is protected forever by The Land Trust of Tennessee.

These Eco-friendly techniques were applied in order to enthusiastically foster the grounds and to create the institute’s unique amenities:

  • Incorporating Permaculture & ecological forest gardening design
  • Building with natural and salvaged materials
  • Participating in leading-edge research

Moonshadow at Sequatchie Valley Institute, Permaculture temperate forest climate, solar power, natural building structure, flower

The acreage features a gravity-fed spring water supply, solar electricity, and experimental handcrafted buildings that are harmonious and sustainable additions to the landscape.

An enjoyable and invaluable educational tool, which happens to be uncommon in the Southeast Tennessee bioregion, is our very own Arboretum Trail. Over 100 artisan-made clay markers identify native and useful non-native trees and shrubs along a path that meanders from Hick’s Creek up to the sandstone bluffs of the Cumberland Plateau.

trail hikeMarked nature trails provide hikers with picnic spots and numerous enriching experiences. winding through the richly diverse, mixed mesophytic forest in the living laboratory of Appalachian ecology.

Photo of Bloodroot on the Springtime Wildflower Hike at Sequatchie Valley Institute

Spectacles of bloodroot and trillium in the spring wow visitors during our annual Springtime Wildflower Hikes.

Cool creek-swimming on hot summer days is often available, and the fuller foliage of the season generates plenty of oxygen. Views of brilliant leaf colors in autumn astound even the area’s native-born. And vistas over the bluffs and hollows of Sequatchie Valley in the winter are simply awe-inspiring.

From the hemlock and rhododendron glades along the creek, to the laurels on the bluffs, the forest reigns supreme, all the while intensely exhibiting the interrelationship of all living things.

Art

Located near the entrance and open to the public most days of the year, the Liquidambar Art Gallery features light refreshments, picnic spots, and marked hiking trails.

Liquidambar Art Gallery at Sequatchie Valley Institute, fine art and crafts by skilled artisans, including ceramics, paintings, kaleidoscopes, electroformed mixed media sculpture, and flameworked glass
The gallery showcases original fine art and crafts, including ceramics, paintings, kaleidoscopes, electroformed mixed media sculptures, and flameworked glass – all skillfully made by resident and local artisans.

Service

Sequatchie Valley Institute takes great pleasure in serving the surrounding community. For many years this included organizing and sponsoring the  National Solar Homes Tour in Southeast TN. S.V.I. steadily continues to pass on important and useful information year after year, welcoming visitors from across the Americas and in some cases beyond.

solar sunflowerEach day, we are reminded of the felicity and materialization of Sequatchie Valley Institute and its programs. Teachers who have been through our in-service programs have brought in classes, built gardens at their schools, and created new curricula based on sustainable living themes. Natural Building Workshop students have built their own alternative homes. Former interns have learned to grow their own food, produce their own energy, and establish community-supported agriculture programs. Some have gone on to teach environmental education at youth camps, become Environmental Studies majors, and build community gardens from Georgia to Mozambique.

Thousands to date have been inspired, empowered, and given the tools necessary to have an exponentially positive impact on our collective community, environment, and future.

 

 

Visit the S.V.I. Facebook page to connect with us! Consociate with our beloved supporters, who  –  with a vastly diverse range of walks, talks, backgrounds, educational modes, and disciplines  –  all have the common denominator of enjoying Sequatchie Valley Institute’s mission and legacy.

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