TNP at Long Hunter State Park


  • Registration Open
    January 9, 2023 - February 15, 2023
    8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Becoming a Naturalist
    February 25, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Geology and Ecology
    March 11, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Mammals
    March 25, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Reptiles & Amphibians
    April 8, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Birds of Tennessee
    April 22, 2023
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Forests
    May 13, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Nocturnal Naturalist
    May 20, 2023
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses & More
    June 10, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Invertebrates
    June 24, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • TNP at Long Hunter SP - Living Waters
    July 8, 2023
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2023 COURSE OPENS MONDAY, JANUARY 9 AT 8PM
NOTE: Long Hunter State Park’s TNP chapter was formerly known as and located at Cedars of Lebanon State Park from 2015 through 2022.

TNP at Ijams Nature Center


  • TNP at Ijams - Becoming a Naturalist
    February 18, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Tennessee Mammals
    March 18, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Reptiles and Amphibians
    April 15, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Birds of Tennessee
    April 29, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Ferns, Forbs, Mosses & More
    May 20, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Nocturnal Naturalist
    June 10, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Invertebrates
    July 15, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Living Waters
    August 19, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Trees and Forests
    September 16, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Geology
    October 14, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - TNP Closing Ceremony
    November 11, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Registration Open
    December 15, 2023 - February 15, 2024
    8:00 am - 11:55 pm

Since 2014 Ijams Nature Center has offered the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course, and we are happy to announce that registration for the 2023 season of TNP will soon! Classes begin on February, 18th 2023 and meet every month through November. Ijams can’t wait to host another successful season of TNP!

TNP at South Cumberland


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 - September 16, 2022
    9:00 am - 11:55 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Becoming a Naturalist
    September 17, 2022 - September 18, 2022
    9:00 am

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


  • Ticket Sales
    September 17, 2022 - October 28, 2022
    8:00 am - 11:55 pm
  • TN2 Workshop: Waterfowl Biology & Wetland Ecology
    November 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about waterfowl biology, and wetland ecology in this exciting new TN2 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 - 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.