The Tennessee Naturalist Program strongly encourages continued education and volunteer service.
Certified Tennessee Naturalists may earn additional hours in both categories and receive milestone recognition with special Tennessee Naturalist hour pins. There is no time limit for reaching hour milestones. A milestone pin is only awarded when both the requisite volunteer and education hours are reached.
When a TNP student who has already achieved certification completes an additional 10 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer work they will receive a new pin indicating “50 hours”, then “100 hours”, “150 hours”, and “200 hours”. After that, 20 additional hours of training and 80 hours of volunteer service are required to be awarded the “300 hours” and “400 hours” pins.
Continuing education promotes lifelong learning and development, provides a chance to focus interest in specific topics, and expands volunteer capabilities and options. TNP may provide some continuing education programs through workshops and TN2 courses throughout the year. In addition, other suitable courses may be found locally through our chapter partners, area and state organizations or agencies, nature centers, and universities.
If you become aware of an activity or event that would likely fulfill the continuing education requirements in full or in part, check with your chapter coordinator or contact the TNP board for approval.