Tennessee Naturalist Program at Discovery Park of America

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The mission of the Tennessee Naturalist Program is to teach Tennesseans about nature in the state, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee’s natural resources.

Individuals who complete Discovery Park’s TNP course will gain an understanding of native ecosystems throughout the state.  After the course, Tennessee Naturalists may participate in many different types of volunteer activities, such as helping a nature outreach program at a park, museum, nature center, or school, assisting in collection of scientific data for bird census, water quality assessment, or rare plant monitoring, and working with trail maintenance or habitat restoration projects.

The courses are being made available in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin Environmental Field Station.

The classes are full. To be put on a waiting list, please email Kayce Workman at kworkman@discoveryparkofamerica.com.

Schedule

August 29, 2020
Becoming a Naturalist
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Discovery Park
Instructor: Alisha Odell

September 19, 2020
Tennessee’s Living Waters
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Reelfoot Lake Field Station
Instructor: Tom Blanchard

October 3, 2020
The World of Invertebrates
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Discovery Park
Instructor: Shawna Adams

October 24, 2020
Tennessee Forests
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: The University of Tennessee at Martin
Instructor: Philip Smartt

November 14, 2020
Geology and Ecology
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Discovery Park
Instructor: Nathaniel Newlin

January 23, 2021
Birds of Tennessee
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Reelfoot Lake Field Station
Instructor: Dawn Wilkins

February 20, 2021
Tennessee Mammals
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Walnut Log, Reelfoot Lake
Instructor: Tara Dowdy

March 13, 2021
Tennessee Reptiles & Amphibians
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Field Station, Reelfoot Lake
Instructor: Jesse Eaker

April 3, 2021
Nocturnal Naturalist
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Location: Field Station, Reelfoot Lake
Instructors: Lionel Crews and Dawn Wilkins

April 17, 2021
Forbs, Ferns, Mosses & More
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Discovery Park
Instructor: Rebecca Cook

The classes are full. To be put on a waiting list, please email Kayce Workman at kworkman@discoveryparkofamerica.com.

Helpful Links

The Tennessee Naturalist Program

Discovery Park Chapter

FAQs about the Tennessee Naturalist Program