Tennessee Naturalist Program

2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 577-4717
  • Date(s): October 26, 2019 to November 16, 2019
  • Event Times: Dates and times vary by sessions.
  • Price: $250.00 for the entire program (12 sessions)
  • Location: Ijams Nature Center



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. 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!

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.

The next session begins in February. We have limited spaces available, so call now to reserve your spot!

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

For more information about the Tennessee Naturalist Program at Ijams Nature Center, visit us online at http://ijams.org/tennessee-naturalist-program/

Tennessee Naturalist Program