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TNP 3rd Quarter News, 2016

TNP Database Underway

We are happy to announce that after much deliberation and insight from volunteers and coordinators, the new Tennessee Naturalist Program Database is off to a good start!  We have hired a team of experts to design and program the database and we are at the beginning stages.  There will be 3 administrative levels:  state coordinator, chapter coordinators and students.  Although there will still be some work required at all levels, this should greatly improve tracking and reporting for everyone.  Depending on the time to launch,  each chapter will be visited by Nancy Garden, State Coordinator, to help with implementation.  We are also considering including training at our next annual meeting.  Thanks to all who have offered input so far...we may be calling on your wisdom and expertise as we move forward.

Volunteers Needed ASAP

Audubon Acres, our Chattanooga Chapter, is in dire need of volunteers for their summer day camps for the next 3 weeks.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, they are short-handed and would greatly appreciate any assistance from TNPers.  This is a great opportunity to get some hands on environmental education experience.  Please contact Lynn Grabowski at if you are able to help out.


Owl's Hill Chapter in Brentwood Opens Registration for the 2016-2017 Season on July 13.
Check online for the schedule and to register here.

Audubon Acres in Chattanooga Class Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 Season.
Check online for the schedule and to register here.
Interested in starting the next chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program? Contact the TNP State Coordinator, Nancy Garden, at


Tennessee Naturalist Program is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the desire to learn and share Tennessee's nature.  We do not receive funding from any state or federal sources.  All donations are appreciated and can be sent to:

Tennessee Naturalist Program, Inc.
P.O. Box 682924
Franklin, TN 37068-2924

Or Donate online by clicking the button below:
We love pictures!  Send us photos of what TNPers are up to around the state. Contact Kristin at

Volunteers Needed

Monitor Bluebird Boxes at Ellington Ag Center
Nashville, TN

The Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville is in need of volunteers to help monitor Bluebird Boxes on the property.  Contact Pandy English at if you are able to help.

Help Support Project Learning Tree and Project WILD
Middle Tennessee

Project Learning Tree and Project WILD are in need of volunteers to assist with light office work including
filing, forms, copies, etc. Experience with Excel would be most helpful.

Project WILD contact: Pandy English

Project Learning Tree contact: Dave Walters

Be a Part of Tennessee State Parks Jr. Ranger Camps

Tennessee State Parks are offering Jr. Ranger Summer Camps across the state and volunteers are needed.  Find a state park Jr. Ranger camp near you.


Assist with Trail Work at South Cumberland
South Cumberland State Park

July 16 & 17: Fiery Gizzard Trail Work

July 23: Denny Cove Trail Work

July 23: Horsepound Falls Trail Work

July 23 & 24: Fiery Gizzard Trail Work


July 30 & 31: Fiery Gizzard Trail Work

Educate Yourself

Natural History of the South Cumberlands
South Cumberland State Park
Jul 23

Join Ranger Park for a chance to explore off-trail on a strenuous, exhilarating, and insightful look into the natural history of the Cumberland Plateau.
More details here.

Summer Night Hikes
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
July 19 & August 18

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of "naked-eye" astronomy and learning about the Southern Summer Night chorus show with Naturalist Bob English of LEAPS.
More details here.

Basic Outdoor Survival Skills

Bay's Mountain

Learn the basic skills necessary to keep you and those around you alive in most outdoor survival situations.
More details here.
Environmental  Consulting
Thank you to our generous TNP Sponsor: LEAPS Environmental Consulting
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Attention Chapter Coordinators
Please send chapter news to Kristin Hopkins at

We are also looking for suggestions in your area for continuing education opportunities.  Please contact your chapter mentor with any and all possibilities
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