TN2 – Mussel Biology and Ecology Class


  • August 5, 2021
    9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Let’s “Mussel Up” to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge for this brand  new 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 Bays Mountain Park


  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 6, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Birds
    August 14, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Mammals
    August 20, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Invertebrates
    August 27, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Living Waters
    September 10, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Forbs, Ferbs, Mosses
    September 17, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Geology Part 1
    September 24, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Geology Part 2
    September 25, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Reptiles & Amphibians
    October 1, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Forests
    October 8, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Ecology
    October 15, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • TNP at Bays Mtn - Nocturnal Naturalist
    October 22, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beginning August 6th, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Bays Mountain Park chapter. Located in Kingsport, Tennessee, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium is one of the nation’s largest city-owned parks. A 3,550-acre nature preserve featuring a Nature Center with a state-of-the-art planetarium, Bays Mountain Park also offers a 44-acre lake, 40 miles of trails approved for hiking and mountain biking, native animal habitats, adventure ropes course facility with a 300-ft. zip line, gift shop and much more!

TNP at Cedars of Lebanon


  • TNP at Cedars - Mammals
    August 14, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Birds
    August 28, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Reptiles & Amphibians
    September 25, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Beginning May 8th, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Cedars of Lebanon Chapter. Cedars of Lebanon State Park is located in Wilson County south of Lebanon, TN. The park consists of approximately 3,600 acres, including two state natural areas, and sits adjacent to Cedars of Lebanon State Forest. Land in and around the park is known for its limestone cedar glades, a unique type of ecosystem adapted to thin (often nonexistent) soil typical of areas in the Central Basin.

TNP at Memphis Chapter at Pinecrest


  • TNP at Pinecrest - Living Waters (virtual)
    August 16, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Intro
    August 20, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Reptiles & Amphibians
    August 20, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Living Waters (Field)
    August 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Insects
    August 27, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Forbs, Ferns & Fungi
    September 13, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Mammals
    September 20, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Nocturnal Naturalist (class portion)
    September 27, 2021
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Forests
    October 1, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Birds
    October 4, 2021
    8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Geology & Ecology
    October 8, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Group Hike
    October 8, 2021
    3:00 pm - 6:45 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Nocturnal Naturalist
    October 8, 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Beginning August 16th, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Memphis Chapter at Pinecrest. Pinecrest stretches over 450 acres of various ecosystems. The historic trails and homestead remnants give us a glimpse into the history of Native Americans and early settlers in the Wolf River wetlands and forested uplands of West Tennessee.

TNP at Ijams Nature Center


  • TNP at Ijams - Reptiles & Amphibians
    August 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Birds of Tennessee
    September 18, 2021
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Tennessee Mammals
    October 9, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Nocturnal Naturalists
    October 23, 2021
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • TNP at Ijams - Closing
    November 20, 2021
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Since 2014 Ijams Nature Center has offered the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course, and we are happy to announce that registration for the 2021 season of TNP is now open! Classes begin on February, 20th 2021 and meet every month through November. Ijams can’t wait to host another successful season of TNP!

TNP at Audubon Acres


  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Water Systems
    September 18, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Ecology & Geology
    October 16, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Forests
    November 13, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Nocturnal Naturalist
    December 4, 2021
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Mammals
    January 15, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Ferns, Forbs, Fungi
    February 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Ornithology
    March 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Herpetology
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Audubon Acres - Insects
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Beginning August 21st, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Audubon Acres Chapter. This beautiful sanctuary 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.

TNP at Owls Hill (*Saturday Classes*)

Event Phone: 615.370.4672


  • TNP at Owls Hill - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Invertebrates
    September 18, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Ecology & Geology
    October 30, 2021
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Birds
    November 13, 2021
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Mammals
    January 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Reptiles
    February 19, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Trail Building (bonus class)
    March 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Forests
    March 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Nocturnal Naturalist
    April 16, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses
    May 7, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Living Waters
    May 28, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Beginning in August, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Owls Hill chapter. 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 Owls Hill (*Thursday Classes*)

Event Phone: 615.370.4672


  • TNP at Owls Hill - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 26, 2021
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Invertebrates
    September 16, 2021
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Ecology & Geology
    October 28, 2021
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Birds
    November 11, 2021
    7:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Mammals
    January 20, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Reptiles
    February 17, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Trail Building (bonus class)
    March 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Forests
    March 24, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Nocturnal Naturalist
    April 14, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses
    May 5, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • TNP at Owls Hill - Living Waters
    May 26, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Beginning in August, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Owls Hill chapter. 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 Discovery Park


  • TNP at Discovery Park - Becoming a Naturalist
    August 28, 2021
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Living Waters
    September 18, 2021
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Invertebrates
    October 2, 2021
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Nocturnal Naturalist
    October 23, 2021
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Geology & Ecology
    November 20, 2021
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Birds
    January 22, 2022
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Mammals
    February 19, 2022
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Reptiles & Amphibians
    March 18, 2022
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Forests
    April 2, 2022
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Discovery Park - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses & More
    April 23, 2022
    8:00 am - 1:00 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. It is the largest natural lake in the state and was formed during the 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes. The lake is 15,000 acres of flooded forests with a mix of cultivated fields, early successional forests, bottomland hardwood forests, cypress swamps, and freshwater sloughs, bayous and marshes surrounding it. It is one of the best locations in Tennessee for bald eagle viewing and visitors can also see golden eagles, pelicans and numerous woodland, wading, and shore birds. During the winter months over 750,000 waterfowl birds can sometimes be seen at one time! The lake ecosystem is also abundant in mammals, amphibians and reptiles including some water snakes that can only be found at Reelfoot Lake.

TNP at Murfreesboro Parks Chapter


  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Becoming a Naturalist
    September 2, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Geology
    September 9, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Invertebrates
    September 23, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Ecology
    September 30, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Birds of TN (Class)
    October 21, 2021
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Birds of TN (Field)
    October 23, 2021
    7:30 am - 9:30 am
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Nocturnal Naturalist
    November 4, 2021
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Herps
    March 17, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Mammals
    March 24, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    April 7, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Forests
    April 21, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Living Waters
    May 5, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • TNP at Murfreesboro Parks - Final Gathering
    May 12, 2022
    4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The inaugural core TNP course held at our newest chapter, Murfreesboro Parks Chapter at Barfield Crescent Park, will begin on September 2nd, 2021. 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.