Tennessee Naturalist Program

TN Naturalist

The 2017 Session begins in March! Call (865) 577-4717, ext. 135 to register!

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. Graduates join a critical 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.

Parks and nature centers around the state have joined forces to develop and offer these programs to participants from all walks of life. So whether you are interested in beginning a career in natural resources, want to do volunteer work that improves our environment, or just can’t wait to learn more about Tennessee’s wildlife, the Tennessee Naturalist Program is for you!

For more information about the TNP across the state, including photos of past workshops, visit their website.

Click here for the 2017 Class schedule.

The TNP at Ijams

Ijams is a perfect location for the Tennessee Naturalist Program. Not only do we have forests, rivers, meadows, and ponds just a few feet from our door, but we are the anchor of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, providing countless opportunities to experience the rich tapestry of landscapes that makes up East Tennessee.

Participants will have the opportunity to wade through Toll Creek, stargaze at Seven Islands, and even canoe on Mead’s Quarry Lake. Each annual workshop is 14 sessions, including classroom and lab time, in addition to fieldwork. The fee is $250 per person, and that fee includes all field trips, digital hand-outs, hands-on activities, and other valuable resources.

The next session begins in March. We have limited spaces available, so call now to reserve your spot! A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration. To register, please email Lauren.