Tennessee Naturalist Program

TN Naturalist

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.

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.

Each annual workshop is 12 sessions, including classroom and lab time and field studies.

**Registration for the 2019 session is now closed. All spots are full and we already have a significant waiting list. Thanks to everyone that registered!**

2019 TNP at Ijams Schedule:

Introduction: February 16, 1 pm – 5 pm
Feathered Friends: March 16, 8 am – 12 pm
Ferns & Flowers: April 13, 9 am – 12 pm
TN Trees & Forests: May 4, 1 pm – 5 pm
Mammals: May 25, 9 am – 1 pm
Reptiles & Amphibians: June 15, 9 am – 2 pm
Insects: July 27, 9 am – 1 pm
Nocturnal Naturalist: August 10, 8 pm – 11 pm
Aquatic Systems: September 21, 1 pm – 5 pm
Fungus: October 26, 1 pm – 4 pm
Geology: November 16, 9 am – 1 pm
Closing: November 16, 1 pm – 3 pm

Who should participate?
This program is designed primarily for adults interested in strengthening their general naturalist skills and knowledge of East Tennessee’s ecosystems. A minimum of 50% of each workshop is spent outdoors on trails in a variety of weather conditions. Most trails are not paved and involved moderate changes in elevation and terrain.

How do I register?
Registration is online though Active Network. This system allows us to collect all state-mandated paperwork and payments, at no additional expense to you!

How much does it cost?
The fee is $250 per person, and that fee includes all field trips, digital hand-outs, hands-on activities, and other valuable resources. With the online registration, you can pay the entire fee at one time, or enroll in the installment plan. The installment plan allows you to pay in 2 payments of $100 (due at registration) and $150 (due March 15).

What is the cancellation policy?
$100 of the fee is non-refundable and not transferable to another TNP session or Ijams program. The reason for this is that we turn in our roster to the state office at the start of each year and $100 of each participant’s fees goes to support the state program.

Participants that have paid the entire fee at the start of the year are eligible for a refund of $150 if they cancel before March 15, 2019.

Participants that have enrolled in the installment plan must notify us of cancellation prior to March 10, 2019 in order for us to cancel the second payment invoice.