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TNP 4th Quarter News, 2016

Update on Geology TN2 Program

Many of you have expressed an interest in taking an advanced Geology course and members of the TNP Board have been working to put this course together.  So we thought we would send out an update on our progress.  We are working closely with Division of Geology in planning the course and they have obligations that won’t allow us to do anything before next spring.  The plans thus far are to have a Cumberland Plateau segment in spring 2017 and follow up with three others (East TN, Mid TN, and West TN) spread out through 2017 and early 2018. Because the Div. of Geo staff are doing this gratis as part of their public outreach as a state agency, we are tied to their schedule needs.  This will, however, keep the cost down for participants.  They also know all the cool sites around the state to visit and are developing a handbook to go along with each section.  It should be a great course.  It will just take more time to plan and prepare.  

Thanks to all who have shared their interest in this course. We are working to make it happen!  We will keep everyone else updated as plans are made.


Class Make-ups
Just a reminder that receiving a certification requires that you participate in both classroom and field portions of ALL of the 10 topics covered in the basic course. 

The best way to make up a missed class is to attend the same course at a different chapter.  Please take a look at our calendar to find out which chapters have upcoming classes.  Or you can look at each individual chapter's schedule here.
Chapter Volunter Needs
All of our chapters need experienced and knowledgeable volunteers to help fulfill each chapters' mission.  Below are some of the posted needs of each chapter:
Bay's Mountain, Kingsport
Exhibit Construction
Nature Center
Raptor Center
School Programs
Special Events
Trail Maintenance

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator’s office at (423) 229-9449 or send e-mail to

Audubon Acres, Chattanooga
Visitor Center Host
Trail Building & Maintenance
Grounds Maintenance
Building Maintenance
Educational Programming
Special Events

Complete this form

Ijam's Nature Center, Knoxville
Park Maintenance
Special Events
Office Work

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Bird, at (865) 577-4717 ex 135 or email

Owl's Hill, Brentwood
Trail Maintenance
Garden Clean-up
Special Events

Contact Julie at (615) 370-4672 or email

South Cumberland, Monteagle
Fiery Gizzard Trail Work
Back the Rangers
Trail Assessments

Contact info here.

Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis
Garden Tours/Docent
Youth Education and Activities
Office Work
Holiday Lighting and Design

Fill out this form.

Cedars of Lebanon, Lebanon
Trail maintenance
Grounds keeping
Trash removal
Construction of simple structures
Removal of invasive species

Contact Ranger Zach Tinkle by email at or by phone at 615-443-2769.
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

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Volunteers Needed

OktoberForest with Owl's Hill, Jackalope Brewing Co. and the Nature Conservancy
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary, Brentwood
Sun., October 16; 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate healthy forests! Invasive removal will go from 9:00 - 11:30am, so wear something you don't mind getting dirty, don some sturdy shoes, and lather on that bug spray. Volunteers will receive lunch and a pint of Jackalope beer after the clean-up.

Sign up here.

Help Maintain Fish & Mussel Tanks at Rare Species Propagation Facility
TWRA's Cumberland River Aquatic Center, Gallatin

This is a unique opportunity to help facility scientists and researchers maintain tanks that are supporting the propagation of rare aquatic species. 

Contact Pandy English at

Fall Migration with TN State Parks

Oct. 9:  Southbound Shorebirds
Long Hunter State Park

Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29: Bird Walks
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

Oct. 14: Birds of Frozen Head
Frozen Head State Park

Oct. 15 & 23: Monarch Butterfly Tagging
Seven Islands State Birding Park

Oct. 22: Divers & Dabblers
Long Hunter State Park

Oct. 23, Nov. 6 & 20: Bird Banding
Seven Islands State Birding Park

For details on these events, visit the Tennessee State Parks website.

Improve Your Parks

Oct. 8: Volunteer Day
Panther Creek State Park
T.O. Fuller State Park

Oct. 9: Garden Clean-up Day
Panther Creek State Park

Oct. 15: Volunteer Day
Rocky Fork State Park
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park

Oct. 22: Volunteer Day
Harrison Bay State Park

Oct. 24 & 31: Fall Trailwork Day
Frozen Head State Park

Nov. 5: Volunteer Day
Cedars of Lebanon State Park

Nov. 19: Volunteer Day
Rocky Fork State Park

Nov. 26: Volunteer Day
Radnor Lake State Park

For details on these volunteer opportunities, visit the Tennessee State Parks website.
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Educate Yourself

Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival
Reelfoot Lake State Park
October 14 - 16

Celebrate all things Pelican at the annual Reelfoot Lake Pelican Festival featuring night hikes, sunset floats and presentations on Pelicans, Birds of Prey, and Desert Adaptations.
More details here

Fall Foliage Hikes & Owl Prowls
Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary
Fall Foliage Hikes - Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1
Owl Prowls - Oct. 14, Nov. 3, & Dec. 21

Follow the progression of the fall season with these interpretive foliage hikes and join Bob English of LEAPS for interpretive night hikes featuring naked eye astronomy and calling in owls.

More details here.

Natural Bridge Geology

South Cumberland State Park
October 16

An interpretive walk exploring the fascinating history that created the unique geological natural bridge formation! Wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and a healthy curiosity. 

More details here.

Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Class

Ellington Ag Center, Nashville
October 22 - 23

An introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education with a half day hands-on lab! This course includes the NEW book Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach.

More details here.

Wild Foods Day
Fall Creek Falls State Park
October 29


Join us as we discover the delectable cuisine that nature has to offer and explore the fascinating ways of the early pioneers and Native Americans. 

Field trips identifying edible wild plants and workshops on preparing wild meats and breads are just a few of the activities.

More details here.
Environmental  Consulting
Thank you to our generous TNP Sponsor: LEAPS Environmental Consulting

Get Your Monarch Conservation Seed Packs!

Email to get your free seed packs.
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Support the Tennessee Naturalist Program and look good while you're doing it!  Custom merchandise is available for purchase. Visit to see our selection.
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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