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MON - THUR. 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.   FRI. 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.   SAT 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.   SUN Noon - 11 p.m.
Full listing of Fall 2019 Facility & Pool Hours
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The Life Phase Series is held monthly on an assortment of topics to help support a well-balanced life.
Fall Gardening with the Experts
Tuesday, September 17
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center Teaching Kitchen
Join Danny McKissack and Laura Barker of Vanderbilt Plant Operations – Grounds Maintenance for Fall Gardening with the Experts. Learn how to start late vegetable and flower gardens, as well as receive information on seeds, transplanting, and growing recommendations. Make this fall gardening season the best ever using tips from the experts! Come dressed comfortably and casual; you will have a chance to plant cool weather vegetable and flowering plants.
Mr. McKissack, Facilities and Services – Grounds Manager and a 39-year Vanderbilt employee, has spent the past 16 years supervising staff, with responsibilities for all grounds care for both the University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He engages in new approaches to grounds care as demonstrated by his use of composting, sustainability and electric grounds equipment. Mr. McKissack received Vanderbilt University’s 2017 Commodore Award for his integral role in the Plant Operations management staff, going above and beyond the call of duty on multiple occasions to ensure that Vanderbilt’s 330-acre campus is not only safe, but also beautiful and inviting. Mrs. Barker has been at Vanderbilt for almost nine years. She completed a plant and soil science degree from University of Illinois and has been working in the horticulture industry over 17 years. Mrs. Barker’s interests include reading, cooking, and vertical gardening.
This Life Phase Series session is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and the Vanderbilt University Plant Operations – Grounds Maintenance Department. It is open to the Vanderbilt community.
This event is open to the Vanderbilt community.

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Vandy Cooks – Community Supported Agriculture Boxes Bring Local Produce to You
The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health  Plus  present:
Vandy Cooks with John Compton, M. Div.
Program Coordinator, Rooted Community Health, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Wednesday, September 25 from 12 – 1 p.m.
For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local and seasonal food directly from a farmer. Those boxes come packed with a variety of vegetables. At this Vandy Cooks, John Compton will showcase the advantages of CSA boxes, as well as prepare tasty dishes using a variety of vegetables often included in boxes. Attendees will receive samples and recipes complete with nutrition analysis for the dishes created.
The Rooted Community Health (RCH) initiative in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society seeks to engage partners across the Vanderbilt campus and communities of Middle Tennessee. Through partnerships with the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine, colleagues in nutritional services, and other sustainability and health professionals, RCH aims to enhance community engagement through programming around ecology, sustainability, and health care.
John Compton is the program coordinator for RCH. John earned his Master of Divinity with distinction from Vanderbilt Divinity School, focusing on the intersections of theology and ecology through the practices of sustainable agriculture. During his time at Vanderbilt, John has worked as a research assistant in biomedical ethics under Dr. Keith Meador, a teaching assistant in environmental biology, and a university chaplain intern.
Vandy Cooks is provided monthly by a partnership with the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and Health Plus to support healthy eating in the Vanderbilt community.
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The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center serving Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students and community 


For more information, contact Marilyn Holmes:  (615) 343-2638






The Fall 2019 Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips have been announced! Trips have a limited number of spots. Register now to reserve your spot!

Saturday, September 21
River Clean-Up via Canoeing, TN

Registration Deadline: Sept. 13
Members: Free!


Saturday, September 28
Trail Building at Bells Bend Park, TN

Registration Deadline: Sept. 20
Members: Free!

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Sunday, Sept. 29
Whitewater Rafting & Camping at Ocoee River, TN

Registration Deadline: Sept. 13
Members: $102


Sunday, Sept. 29
Rock Climbing at Kings Bluff, TN

Registration Deadline: Sept. 20
Members: $35