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Inspiring the desire to learn and share Tennessee’s nature

Cedars of Lebanon Chapter

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 12 classes for 48 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

The course fee ($250) includes all classes, a flash drive with extensive study guides and other materials for each class topic, a hand lens, and nature journal. Upon completion of all course requirements, graduates receive an embroidered TNP logo patch, lapel pin, and certificate suitable for framing.

The next Tennessee Naturalist Program course at Cedars of Lebanon State Park begins Saturday, February 23, 2019. Registration opened November 1, 2018, and class size is limited to 20 students. The registration form and tentative schedule are available for download here: 2019_tnp_application_and_schedule

To receive a $20 discount on the course fee, register by Friday,  February 1, 2019. In order to receive the discount, we must receive your registration and payment by Friday, February 1.

2019 Schedule of Classes *

23 February – Naturalist Skills
9 March – Geology
23 March – Ecology of Tennessee
13 April – Amphibians & Reptiles
27 April – Birds of Tennessee
11 May – Forbs, Ferns, & Fungi
18 May – Forestry & Tree ID
8 June – Nocturnal Nature
22 June – Invertebrates & Insects
13 July – Mammals of Tennessee
27 July – Rivers, Wetlands & Watersheds
10 August – Astronomy
24 August – alternate date

  • Class schedule is tentative. Note, Nocturnal Nature and Astronomy are evening classes. All other classes began at 9:00 a.m.

To be notified by email of the registration opening date, send your name and email address to  or complete the following form and click the Submit button:

Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet in Cabin 13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

focol_cabin13_20141018-DSCN2040Directions to Cabin 13:  Once you enter the park through the main entrance, continue on past the park office on your right. When you come to the split in the road, bear to the right on W.P.A. Road. You will cross two speed bumps then come to a gravel drive on your left (at the playground across from the Assembly Hall). If you cross the bridge you have gone too far. Turn left on to the gravel drive and #13 will be the first cabin on the right.

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

Phone: 615-443-2769

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