TNP at Owls Hill (*Saturday Classes*)

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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.

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

TNP Core Course at Owls Hill Nature Sanctuary
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545 Beech Creek Road South
Brentwood, TN 37027

All class sessions are roughly 2 hours of instruction and 2 hours in the field. Breaks will be provided. You never know what you may find in the field so be prepared to stay for 5 hours. Dress for the weather (unless under severe weather threat, sessions are rain or shine). Attire and footwear should both be appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities. Bring a refillable water bottle. Depending on the season, sunscreen, hat and bug spray also recommended. Depending on COVID-19 protocols, a face covering may be required when unable to maintain recommended physical distancing during class.

Please be aware that the fieldwork portion of the course can be physically demanding at times with hiking steep hills, rough terrain and night activities. 

Unless noted otherwise, Saturday sessions are 9 am - 1:30 pm ; bring a sack lunch.  We are a carry-in/carry-out facility.

REGISTRATION conveys a commitment to class work AND volunteer hours (40). Volunteer hours must be completed within 15 months of date of first class. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Please do not register if you cannot attend the first class.

REFUND POLICY: If you cancel in writing to [email protected] more than 14 days in advance of your first class you will receive a full refund. Cancellations less than 14 days but before the day of your first class will receive a 50% refund. Your registration is nonrefundable the first day of class and beyond.

ATTENDANCE is required. Students missing 3 classes will be dropped from the program (no refund). Students may register for a future class at full price.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring a refillable water bottle. Dress for the weather (unless under severe weather threat, sessions are rain or shine). Attire and closed-toe footwear should be appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities. Depending on the season, consider bringing sunscreen, hat and bug spray.

***We are following CDC face covering guidelines. Fully Vaccinated - mask is optional. Unvaccinated - please wear a mask when unable to maintain social distancing around others not in your household.

***MAKEUPS: There is no refund for missed classes. Makeup class attendance is contingent on available space. Registration includes two (2) free makeup classes at home chapter; $25/class after that. Please confirm a spot by emailing in advance of the desired class.


Venue Phone: 615.370.4672

Venue Website:

545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood, Tennessee, 37027, United States

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