Paris Landing State Park and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge today announced that registration is now open for the next Tennessee Naturalist Program course. Classes will begin September 25th meeting once a month until June, 2022. This makes the widely recognized Naturalist Course available to area residents who wish to study nature during all four seasons. Paris Landing and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge are a recent Chapter of the Tennessee Naturalist Program that offered the course for the first time in 2020-2021.
“One of the most enjoyable and educational experiences I’ve enjoyed was taking the Tennessee Certified Naturalist Program!” said former TNP student Hal Hassal. Another recent student, Blue Bastian said, “The course instructors are extremely knowledgeable. They engage participants enthusiastically in the classroom and in the field. I left each class eager to learn more!”
The course includes 40 hours of instruction and 40 hours of volunteer service in natural resources. Professionals that use the state park and refuge as an outdoor classroom teach the classes. Some classes are also taught at Land Between the Lakes and Hancock Biological Station. Class topics include: Birds, Mammals, Amphibians/Reptiles, Insects/Invertebrates, Forests, Plants/Fungi, Geology, Aquatic Species, Nocturnal Species, and Astronomy.
The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is a 501c3 educational training 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. Classes are hosted by area Tennessee Naturalist Program Chapters and taught by experts in their fields.
The mission of the program is to teach Tennesseans about their natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship, and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of Tennessee’s natural resources.
For a course schedule or more information on registering for the TN Naturalist Program, visit tnnaturalist.org/chapters/paris-landing-sp-nwr/