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TNP-February 2021 Special Edition Newsletter
Events and Volunteer Opportunities 

February . . .  Love & The Great Backyard Bird Count 


" . . . Every now and then let us answer the forest's call,
To come see life's beauty and the miracle of it all;
If we listen with our hearts as we walk among trees,
We may understand the message carried on a breeze,
For us to blend with the forest's spirit so it will beguile
Us into walking under its lovely trees for just a while."

                                                                       Belinda Stotler


Photos by: Top left, Bill Bigs/Instagram:BillBiggsPhotography; top right, Thomas McEven; bottom left, Ronald Manley; center, unknown, bottom right, Mary Ann Gilfillan.
Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15, 2021, you can take part in the 24th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  TNP students and alumni, this is a great volunteer opportunity.  If you have questions about how to count your volunteer time check with your TNP Chapter Coordinator. 
The following are resources to record your count:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology free Merlin Bird app -- It will help you ID a bird and you can enter your sighting right from the app. (Merlin App)
An additional option is eBird Mobile App


This Valentine's Day give someone you love the gift of our Field Journaling and Nature Drawing Course

A field journal is one of the most important items that a naturalist or nature lover can take with them into the field. It becomes a record of daily observations: the who, what, when and where, and includes sketches of plants and animals alongside personal observations. It is a reflection of your experiences in nature. A detailed record kept in a field journal preserves years of observation and is so important for remembering specific sightings, revealing patterns, as well as contributing to one’s understanding and enjoyment of nature.

An Introduction to Field Journaling & Nature Drawing

Taught by Tennessee Native, Esteemed Scientific Illustrator and Cornell Bird Academy Instructor - Liz Clayton Fuller

This course is for anyone who loves nature and wants to learn more about Field Journaling and how to sketch what you see. This is a rare opportunity to have Liz Clayton Fuller walk you through five different drawing exercises, techniques, and concepts to help you feel more confident in your drawing and observation skills. The focus will be on flora and fauna that you would find in Tennessee

The course will be live via Zoom with opportunities for questions and comments. 


Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00
$59 - 2 CE Credits Available

To purchase a gift certificate for this course:

Or purchase the class for yourself here:

More details about the course.  Click here for a pdf


Registration Now Open for Core TNP Courses
The following TNP Chapters have new Tennessee Naturalist Program Classes beginning soon.

Cumberland Mountain 
Classes begin in April 2021
To contact the TNP Coordinator, Holly Taylor.
Click below
For details and to register:


Volunteer for Your Chapter!

All of our chapters need experienced and knowledgeable volunteers to help fulfill each chapter's mission.  Contact your chapter's volunteer coordinator for details.

Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Audubon Acres, Chattanooga       
Amber Douglas TNP Coordinator 
Phone: (423) 892-1499

Bay's Mountain, Kingsport               
Krystal Haney Naturalist 
Phone: (423) 229-9483

Cedars of Lebanon, Lebanon
Greg Tomerlin TNP Coordinator
Phone: (615) 443-2769

Cumberland Mt., Crossville
Holly Taylor TNP Coordinator
Phone: (931) 265-8719

Discovery Park of America, Union City
Kayce L. Workman TNP Coordinator
Phone: (731) 885-5455 ext. 1154

Ijam's Nature Center, Knoxville
Jeremy Clothier TNP Coordinator
Phone: (865) 577-4717 ext. 127

Memphis Chapter at Pinecrest, Memphis
Charity Siebert TNP Coordinator
Phone: (901) 878-1247

Owl's Hill, Brentwood
Laura Smith Naturalist
Phone: (615) 370-4672

Paris Landing SP / TNWR, Buchanan
Joan Howe, TNP Coordinator
Phone: (731) 642-2091 x 303
Regina Lowry, Park Ranger
Phone: (731) 641-4465

South Cumberland, Monteagle
Todd Wright Chapter Coordinator
Phone: (931) 224-1061

Volunteer Opportunities at Pinecrest 
Trail Maintenance Mondays
Mondays:  Feb. 15, Mar. 15, April 12, May 10

Social-distance volunteer opportunity.  We are smoothing trails, creating new trails, and clearing up and restoring old trails.   We will also begin privet removal from around lodge.

Choose from lighter work which involves brushing back plant material, clearing small debris, raking new trails.

Or choose to help with heavier work involving clearing larger materials, shoveling fill dirt, and excavating small areas.

Bring water! We can supply some tools, or bring your own loppers, trimmers, rake, or shovel.

RSVP: or call 901-878-1247

Volunteer Days at Paris Landing
February 13th and 20th
 8:30 am to 2:30 pm  
Removal of Sumac, Privet, and other nuisance species from the wildflower fields that were recently planted.  Please remember to wear appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, and safety glasses.  Bring water, snacks/lunch, and garden gloves. The park will supply all hand tools needed for the removal of the nuisance species.  
Park follows CDC Guidelines and you must wear a mask when within 6 feet of another person or when indoors. There will be restrooms available within a short distance from the fields. 

The address to Camp Hazzlewood is: 1145 Girl Scout Camp Rd., Springville, TN 38256
To register click here.

Be sure to check your local TNP Chapter for Volunteer Opportunities.

We listed a number of upcoming events in our 1st Quarter 2021 Newsletter.  Click here for the link.

The following are additional upcoming events:

Lecture: 2020 Vision, A Black Walden Pond & Other Musings
Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors,” Dr. Carolyn Finney, will share her work on African Americans and environmental issues to consider this moment of racial reckoning and the creative responses to environmental and social challenges that are emerging.

Drawing from her book, her relationships “in the field”, her lived experience, and this moment of reckoning, Carolyn explores the complexities and contradictions of American history as it relates to green space, race and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. By engaging in “green” conversations with black people from around the country, Carolyn considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.
Date/time: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Cost: Free - Registration Required

Hike and Journal at Pinecrest
Wednesday, April 28 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10 per person
Ages 8th Grade and Up
For details: Call Charity Siebert at 901-878-1247

Wilderness First Aid Course
Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25, 2021
8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Pinecrest Camp and Retreat Center
21430 Hwy. 57, Moscow, TN 38057
For details:
Call: Charity Siebert at 901-878-1247

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Franklin, TN 37068-2924

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