Center for Sustainable Stewardship
The Center for Sustainable Stewardship (CSS) is a nonprofit conference, retreat and natural preserve in Franklin, Tennessee where visitors can unplug, enjoy the natural beauty of Big East Fork Valley, clear their minds, and increase their creativity. We serve as stewards of our precious natural environment and are active in conservation and regenerative efforts. We believe biodiversity has intrinsic worth and so protect the land, water, and creatures of the Big East Fork watershed. We encourage visitors to experience, explore, and appreciate the natural world by active engagement with the outdoors. Our vision is that through a strengthened connection with nature, people can experience increased wellness in mind and body.
The property, located at 5375 Big East Fork Rd, Franklin, Tennessee, is only 20 minutes from downtown Franklin but lies directly in the path of the most rapidly growing areas of Tennessee and the United States. To protect the property for generations and to preserve its natural beauty, the development rights of over 1,400 acres of old growth wooded habitat were donated and is now a conservation easement to the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation (TENN Green), a statewide non-profit land trust. Along with forested areas, the property backs to the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, connecting a trail network at Williamson County's Timberland Park and contains over 9,000 linear feet of streams that drain into the South Harpeth River. The conservation easement provides a refuge for wildlife, protects biodiversity in perpetuity, and guarantees the preservation of this sacred space.
Visit for a day (day passes are available), for a workshop, or book your next conference/retreat here. Click for more information.