TN Naturalist

Cedars of Lebanon Chapter

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Inspiring the desire to learn and share Tennessee’s nature

Registration for the 2023 Tennessee Naturalist Program at Cedars of Lebanon State Park is tentatively set for January 2023. To be notified of the actual opening date, send an email to: 

2022 Cedars TNP Chapter Schedule

Primary Class Location — Horse Barn, Stable Lane, CLSP
June 11 Long Hunter SP * and August 6 Cedars’ Assembly Hall *
Barn back-up location — Cedars’ Ford Farmhouse 
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. except where noted

March 26 — Becoming a Naturalist: Scope, Skills and Service
April 9 — Tennessee Geology: The Foundation
April 23 — Tennessee Reptiles and Amphibians: Scutes, Scales and Skin
May 14 — Birds of Tennessee: Feathered Fauna  (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
May 21 — Tennessee Forests: Seeing the Forests and the Trees
June 11 — Rivers, Wetlands and Watersheds: Tennessee’s Living Waters *
June 18 — Forbs, Ferns, Mosses and More: Plants and Fungi &
…………….. Tennessee Ecology: The Context (7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
July 9 — The World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators and Pests
July 23 — Nocturnal Naturalist: Tennessee at Night  (6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.)
August 6 — Tennessee Mammals: Creatures of Habitat

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


The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training course designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. The Cedars of Lebanon 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.

Cedars of Lebanon TNP Course Topics

Naturalist Skills   Forests & Tree ID
Geology   Ecology
Birds   Mammals
Reptiles & Amphibians   Herbaceous Plants & Fungi
Nocturnal Naturalists   Astronomy
Insects & other Invertebrates   Rivers, Wetlands & Watersheds



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. NOTE: There is a $25 fee for each make-up class taken at a chapter other than your home chapter. Cash or check are acceptable forms of payment. At Cedars, make checks payable to: Friends of Cedars of Lebanon 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 Cedars of Lebanon Chapter, email  in advance of the desired class. Available seats will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park
328 Cedar Forest Road
Lebanon, TN 37090

Phone: 615-443-2769

Send questions or comments to:

Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park