TNP at South Cumberland


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    August 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022
    8:00 am - 12:05 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Becoming a Naturalist
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Forests
    September 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Herps
    October 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Nocturnal Naturalist (Astronomy)
    October 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Geology
    November 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Mammals
    February 4, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Nocturnal Naturalist (Noc. Animals)
    March 18, 2023
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 1, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Invertebrates
    April 15, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Living Waters
    April 22, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Birds
    May 6, 2023
    8:00 am - 12:30 pm

South Cumberland State Park is located within four different Tennessee counties: Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The park is composed of approximately 30,845 acres in nine separate areas and boasts some of the best hiking and backcountry camping in the region.

TNP at Paris Landing State Park / TN National Wildlife Refuge


  • Ticket Sales
    August 5, 2022 - September 26, 2022
    8:00 am - 11:55 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Becoming a Naturalist
    October 1, 2022
    9:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Geology and Ecology
    November 12, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Mammals
    December 10, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Birds
    January 28, 2023
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Nocturnal Naturalist
    February 4, 2023
    2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Reptiles and Herps
    March 11, 2023
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses
    April 15, 2023
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Living Waters
    May 6, 2023
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Forests
    May 20, 2023
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris/TNWR - Invertebrates & Graduation
    June 10, 2023
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Paris Landing/TNWR Chapter, created through a partnership between Paris Landing State Park and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, joined our program in January of 2020. Paris Landing State Park is an 841 acre park located on the western shore of the Tennessee River, which is dammed to form Kentucky Lake (160,000 acres). Adjacent to the Park, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 51,000 acres stretched along 65 miles of the Tennessee River. Established in 1945, the refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was created as a conservation area for migratory birds especially wintering waterfowl.

TNP at Discovery Park


  • Ticket Sales
    July 18, 2022 - August 24, 2022
    8:00 am - 11:55 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 27, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Living Waters
    September 17, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Invertebrates
    October 1, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Nocturnal Naturalist
    October 22, 2022
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Geology & Ecology
    November 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Birds
    January 21, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Mammals
    February 18, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Herps
    March 18, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Forests
    April 1, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 22, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Discovery Park of America is a 100,000-square-foot museum sitting on a 50-acre heritage park. The nearby Reelfoot Lake is a unique ecosystem that is incomparable to any other found in Tennessee. I

TNP at Audubon Acres


  • Ticket Sales
    July 8, 2022 - August 27, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:55 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Becoming a Naturalist
    September 17, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Audubon Acres is a beautiful sanctuary that serves as the headquarters of the Chattanooga Audubon Society and features a Visitor’s Center, gift shop, multiple exhibits, including and a timeline museum tracing the human habitation of the property and the Avian Jewels Egg Collection.

TN2 – Waterfowl Biology & Wetland Ecology


  • TN2 Workshop: Waterfowl Biology & Wetland Ecology
    October 29, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about waterfowl biology, and wetland ecology in this exciting new TNP2 course! Students will have 2 hours of classroom time followed by a trip to the heart of the Duck River Bottoms wetland area for a look at wetland habitat, management for waterfowl, waterfowl identification and their conservation needs.

TN2 – Snorkeling at Big Swan Creek


  • TN2 - Snorkeling at Big Swan Creek
    July 21, 2022
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TN2 - Snorkeling *RAIN DATE*
    July 21, 2022
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join Casper Cox, writer and designer of Snorkeling the Hidden Rivers of the Southern Appalachians, on a snorkeling adventure at Big Swan Creek. No experience required!

TN2 – Mussel Biology and Ecology


  • TN2 - Mussel Biology & Ecology
    August 3, 2022
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Let’s “Mussel Up” to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge for this TNP Continuing Education course teaming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to provide instruction on the life, ecology and conservation efforts of these amazing aquatic species.

TNP at Owls Hill


  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 18, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Invertebrates
    September 15, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Invertebrates
    September 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Ecology & Geology
    October 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Ecology & Geology
    October 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Mammals
    October 27, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Mammals
    October 29, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Birds
    November 10, 2022
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Birds
    November 12, 2022
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Herps
    February 23, 2023
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Herps
    February 25, 2023
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Forests
    March 23, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Forests
    March 25, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Nocturnal Naturalist
    April 13, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Nocturnal Naturalist
    April 15, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 20, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 22, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session A - Living Waters
    May 11, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill Session B - Living Waters
    May 13, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is a 300-acre wildlife sanctuary in northwestern Williamson County, Tennessee. Fossil traces in Ordovician limestone and 300-year-old giant trees, vestiges of the great eastern deciduous forest that once covered Tennessee, are important collections on the site, as are pioneer trees and seasonal wildflowers. The ponds and wetlands provide valuable amphibian habitat, home to more than a dozen species. 125 species of birds have been recorded on site through population surveys performed by the National Audubon Society. Nearly all mammals native to Middle Tennessee are in residence at Owl’s Hill.

TNP at Murfreesboro Parks Chapter


  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Becoming a Naturalist
    September 1, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Geology/Ecology
    September 8, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Invertebrates
    September 22, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Mammals
    September 29, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Birds of TN (Class)
    October 6, 2022
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Birds of TN (Field)
    October 8, 2022
    7:30 am - 9:30 am
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Nocturnal Naturalist
    October 27, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Herps
    March 30, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 6, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Forests
    April 20, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Living Waters
    April 27, 2023
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Final Gathering
    May 4, 2023
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Murfreesboro Parks Chapter at Barfield Crescent Park will begin on September 1, 2022. The 275-acre natural area has approximately 5 miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of mountain bike trails. Beginning from the Wilderness Station, the paved path cuts through a hardwood forest that rises above limestone outcrops. This eventually leads to the River Overlook and backcountry campground. Here the trail turns into a dirt path that skirts along the West Fork of the Stones River. Climbing higher towards the peak, there are limestone sinks and a long stone fence that is thought to be Civil War-era. The natural area here is a beautiful example of the Oak/Hickory forest and Karst topography that is so prevalent in Middle Tennessee.

TN2 – Native Tree ID


  • July 6, 2022
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join us for an afternoon of tree identification and forest forensics.  The evening will begin with a brief indoor session to discuss and review tricks of the trade in tree identification and valuable reference materials that help develop tree ID skills.