Tennessee Naturalist Program

 Tennessee Naturalist Program
Long Hunter Chapter

(formerly Cedars of Lebanon Chapter)

Registration for the 2024 TNP course at Long Hunter will open Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at 8:00 p.m. CST.
Students must register through the Tennessee Naturalist Program's website at this link:


The course fills quickly. Registering as soon it opens is advisable.

2024 Long Hunter Chapter Class Schedule

PDF Icon Downloadable Schedule (PDF) 

February 24
Becoming a Naturalist: Scope, Skills and Service — Margie Hunter

March 16
Geology and Ecology: Foundation and Context — Margie Hunter

March 30
Tennessee Mammals: Creatures of Habitat — Kristen Garrison

April 13
Tennessee Reptiles and Amphibians: Scutes, Scales and Skin — Brian Miller

April 27
Birds of Tennessee: Feathered Fauna — Jeff Walck
** 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (meets one hour earlier, field session first)

May 11
Nocturnal Naturalist: Tennessee at Night — John Froeschauer, Stuart Carroll
** 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (evening class)

May 18
Tennessee Forests: Seeing the Forest and the Trees — David Arnold

June 8
Forbs, Ferns, Mosses and More: Plants and Fungi of Tennessee — Milo Pyne

June 22
The World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators and Pests — Steve Murphree

July 20
Tennessee's Living Waters: Rivers, Wetlands and Watersheds — Cynthia Allen


Classes are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 2:00pm unless otherwise noted.

All participants should arrive 15 minutes before each class begins to retrieve your name badge, sign the attendance sheet, and receive announcements. 

Tennessee Naturalist Logo

About the Tennessee Naturalist Program

The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. The Long Hunter Chapter of TNP offers 10 classes for 40 hours of instruction — half in the classroom and half in the field. Instructors are experts in their disciplines.

To become certified as a Tennessee Naturalist, participants must complete all class instruction and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours in an approved service capacity — environmental education, citizen science, or stewardship — dedicated to the appreciation, understanding and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas in our community.

NOTE:  Long Hunter State Park's TNP chapter was formerly known as and located at Cedars of Lebanon State Park from 2015 through 2022.  All Cedars' students are now represented in the Long Hunter chapter.

Make Up Classes

TNP participants may make-up no more than two (2) classes at their home chapter at no charge for any sessions missed in their original class year. Students who attended classes at Cedars of Lebanon may make up two (2) classes at Long Hunter State Park at no charge.

NOTE: Make-up classes require a fee if taken at a chapter other than your home chapter. This fee is prorated based on the current course tuition. Cash or checks are acceptable forms of payment for the Long Hunter Chapter. Make checks payable to: Friends of Long Hunter State Park.

ALSO NOTE: Makeup class attendance is contingent on space availability. Please confirm a spot with the coordinator of any chapter before showing up.

To request a seat for any makeup class with the Long Hunter Chapter, email tnp.longhunter@gmail.com in advance of the desired class. Available seats will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

Contact / Directions / More Information

Margie Hunter / Chapter Coordinator, TNP Chapter at Long Hunter State Park

Email: tnp.longhunter@gmail.com

Friends Website: https://www.friendsoflonghunter.com


Long Hunter State Park
Park Office (Near Main Entrance) - Meeting Room
2910 Hobson Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076

Park Website: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/long-hunter

Send questions or comments to: tnp.longhunter@gmail.com

Designed By: Gemini Production Group