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The Shalom Center for Continuing Education will present a program titled “Exploring the Caves of Eastern Tennessee” on Oct. 20-21 in Pleasant Hill.

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education will present a program titled "Exploring the Caves of Eastern Tennessee" on Oct. 20-21 in Pleasant Hill. It will take place in Adshead Hall on the lower level of Fletcher House on the Uplands Village campus.

The program begins on Friday evening with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Those who don’t choose to attend the supper are more than welcome to come just for the program that begins at 6:30. On Saturday, the program opens with a complimentary continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program from 9 to 10:30 a.m. There is no charge to attend, although a freewill donation is suggested.

The presenter is Chuck Sutherland, an expert caver, professional photographer and avid conservationist. A geographer by training, he currently serves as the geographic information systems specialist for the Upper Cumberland Development District. He is also working with the state of Tennessee to create new maps for state parks in the Upper Cumberland, and is using LiDAR data to reveal previously unknown cave entrances.

Caving for him is a way to better understand the story of the rocks and water. He frequently partners in his caving projects with historians, biologists, paleontologists, anthropologists and geologists. Sutherland has worked with TN Department of Environment and Conservation, the Nature Conservancy of TN, as well as TN Parks and Greenways Foundation, The Land Trust of TN, and the Cumberland River Compact on conservation oriented projects around Tennessee and Kentucky.

Hundreds of his maps and cave photographs have been published in books and magazines, and on the web, including the TNVacation website. Both the BBC and the Discovery Channel have used his photographs, many of which he will be showing during his presentation on Oct. 21-22.

The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is a non-profit educational center that provides opportunities for holistic education in areas of social, economic, cultural, ecological, ethical and theological importance on behalf of shalom (wholeness, health and peace). The Center offers a number of free one and two-day programs every year, as well as many six-week “Shalom Short Courses” for which there is a nominal charge of $20 per course. To learn more about new programs and courses being offered, email shalomcenterpleasanthill@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list or visit the Shalom Center website at www.shalomcenterpleasanthill.com.

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