The Clinch Coalition (TCC) launches its 14th annual Naturalist Rally online Saturday,

September 26, 2020.  The wide array of program topics include edible and medicinal

mushrooms, raptors, poison ivy, nature journaling, wildflowers, nature photography, birds, High Knob landforms, reptiles/amphibians on High Knob, the Virginia Big Tree

Project and solar energy.  All programs will be easily accessible through TCC's Facebook page and website, clinchcoalition.net.  The presentations are free and open to the public.


The Clinch Coalition Naturalist Rally began in 2008. This year experts, educators and

knowledgeable naturalists will continue to explore the unique world of southwest Virginia through 12 to 15 minute programs.  Organizations participating include the University of Virginia at Wise, Bays Mountain Park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Upper Tennessee River Roundtable, Appalachian Voices, Natural Tunnel State Park, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) and the Virginia Master Naturalist High Knob Chapter.


The Clinch Coalition formed in August 1998 when a small group of concerned citizens

organized to protect southwest Virginia's great natural resources.  The group endeavors to make the public aware and actively involved with the environment through educational Programs, guided hikes, trail work and the High Knob Naturalist Rally.    


The Clinch Coalition works with the U.S. Forest Service make the High Knob Naturalist Rally possible.




Earth Awareness Contest

12th Annual Art & Essay Contest

Presented by The Clinch Coalition

‘What is Your Ecological Footprint?’


Entries Due November 6

Winners announced prior to Thanksgiving

Group 1: K-2nd Grades                            Group 3: 6th-8th Grades

Group 2: 3rd-5th Grades                         Group 4: 9th-12th Grades

Prizes:        $50 first place for each age group in each category

                   $25 for qualifying Runner Ups

Certificate of Participation for Winners & Honorable Mentions

Contest formats: Essays

Group 1 (K-2nd) Maximum length 1page

Group 2 (3rd-5th) Maximum length 500

Group 3 (6th-8th) Maximum length 500

Group 4 (9th-12th) Maximum length 750

*Essays may be handwritten (must be legible) or typed.

Art Entries will be judged in the 4 age groups listed above

Entries limited to 12”x12”x12” size

Art medium is the choice of the individual student

*All essays and art should focus on and convey this year’s theme: What is Your Ecological Footprint?

*All works should be completed solely by the student.

Submission Information: All entries must include:

Student’s name

Student’s grade (age if homeschooled)

Teacher’s name (Parent’s name if homeschooled)

School’s name (Homeschool group if applicable)

This information should be included on the essay page and for the art work in the body of the message with each submitted individually.

UPDATE:  Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, submissions can be made electronically, including taking photos of the art work and several photos if the art work is three dimensional.  We can also arrange to pick up the entries.


Clinch Coalition voices concerns to state about Spearhead Trails

WCYB TV interview with Wally Smith, TCC Vice President:



 The Clinch Coalition

PO Box 2732

Wise, VA 24293