TNP at Owls Hill (*Thursday Classes*)

Event Phone: 615.370.4672


  • 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 - 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 Owls Hill (*Saturday Classes*)

Event Phone: 615.370.4672


  • 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 South Cumberland State Park


  • TNP at South Cumberland - Possible Bonus Class
    January 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Mammals
    February 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Forbs, Ferns & Fungi
    March 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Invertebrates
    April 2, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Living Waters
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at South Cumberland - Birds
    May 7, 2022
    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 Landing - Birds
    January 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris Landing - Nocturnal Naturalist
    February 12, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris Landing - Reptiles and Herps
    March 26, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris Landing - Forbs, Ferns, Mosses
    April 16, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris Landing - Living Waters
    May 14, 2022
    10:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • TNP at Paris Landing - Invertebrates & Graduation
    June 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Beginning September 25th, 2021 the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course will be offered at our Paris Landing/TNWR Chapter. This 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 Memphis Chapter at Pinecrest


  • TNP at Pinecrest - Becoming a Naturalist
    February 7, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Geology & Ecology
    February 25, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Astronomy (Class Portion)
    February 28, 2022
    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Birds & Living Waters
    March 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Birds (Field Portion) / Reptiles & Amphibians
    March 28, 2022
    7:45 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Astronomy (Field Portion)
    April 2, 2022
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Mammals
    April 11, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Insects
    May 6, 2022
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Forests
    May 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Forbs, Ferns, Fungi
    June 13, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • TNP at Pinecrest - Nocturnal Naturalist
    June 17, 2022
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Beginning February 7th, 2022 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


  • Introduction
    February 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Geology
    March 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Aquatics
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Ferns, Forbs, and Fungi
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Forests and Trees
    June 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Insects
    July 16, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Herpetology
    August 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Birds
    September 17, 2022
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mammals
    October 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Nocturnal Naturalists
    October 29, 2022
    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Closing
    November 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Since 2014 Ijams Nature Center has offered the Tennessee Naturalist Program core course, and we are happy to announce that registration for the 2022 season of TNP is now open! Classes begin on February, 19th 2022 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 - 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 Murfreesboro Parks Chapter


  • 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.

TNP at Cedars of Lebanon


  • TNP at Cedars - Becoming a Naturalist
    March 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Geology
    April 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Reptiles & Amphibians
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Birds
    May 14, 2022
    8:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Forests
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Rivers, Wetlands, & Watersheds
    June 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Ferbs, Ferns, Mosses
    June 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Invertebrates
    July 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Nocturnal Naturalist
    July 23, 2022
    6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
  • TNP at Cedars - Mammals
    August 6, 2022
    9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Beginning March 26th, 2022 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.