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TNP - Looking Forward to 2022

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Wishing you health, happiness and more time in nature in the new year!
Hiking in The Great Smoky Mountain National Park
"Your deepest roots are in nature.  No matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of life you lead, you remain irrevocably linked with the rest of creation."  Charles Cook
Photo by Dr. Ronald Manley
The Tennessee Naturalist Program currently has 11 chapters across the State of Tennessee

Click here for more information about becoming a Certified Tennessee Naturalist

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.
Audubon Acres, Chattanooga
To contact click here.

Bay's Mountain, Kingsport
To contact click here.

Cedars of Lebanon, Lebanon

To contact click here.

Cumberland Mt., Crossville
To contact click here.

Discovery Park of America, Union City
To contact click here.

Ijam's Nature Center, Knoxville
To contact click here.

Memphis Chapter at Pinecrest, Memphis
To contact click here.

Murfreesboro Park at Barfield
To contact click here.

Owl's Hill, Brentwood
To contact click here.

Paris Landing SP / TNWR, Buchanan
To contact click here.

South Cumberland, Monteagle
To contact click here.

Year End Giving

As we come to the end of 2021, please consider donating to the Tennessee Naturalist Program as part of your year-end giving.  TNP receives no state or federal funding.  

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is a 501c3 education course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a corps of 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.

Our volunteers combine their diverse interests, skills, and experiences with the TNP instruction to contribute time, energy, and ideas toward making a difference in Tennessee communities!  After training, Tennessee Naturalists participate in many different types of volunteer activities such as:

  • Helping state and local government agencies monitor and maintain the quality of our native ecosystems in a variety of citizen science projects.
  • Work with nonprofit organizations in preserving and maintaining our state's natural heritage.
  • Assist with public interpretive programs reaching adults and children throughout the state.
  • And much, much more!

For example of how our current and former students and Certified Tennessee Naturalists give back to our beautiful state:
In 2020 our volunteers provided over 20,000 volunteer hours in activities from administration to trail maintenance.  

All donations are appreciated and can be sent to:
Tennessee Naturalist Program, Inc.
P.O. Box 682924
Franklin, TN 37068-2924






Beginning 2022 we will add a new section to our newsletter.  It will be a section of JOB OPENINGS that would be of interest to Tennessee Naturalists.  Watch for this new quarterly feature in our TNP Newsletter.  If you know of a position opening that might be of interest to a naturalist email us at:

The following is an example of the upcoming JOB OPENINGS section:

Ecology Section Manager

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Read our latest blog about Winter Hikes in Tennessee.  Link here!
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