The Tennessee Naturalist Program was established at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in 2015 under the leadership of Wayne Ingram, Park Manager; Margie Hunter, TNP Board Member; and Bill Loewer, Park Ranger. The first class met on Saturday, 14 November 2015 in one of the original cabins built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.
The 2017 TN Naturalist classes at Cedars of Lebanon begin Saturday, 14 January and continue on the second Saturday of each month through 09 December for a total of 12 classes. The class schedule is as follows:
14 January 2017 @ 9:00 AM – So You Want to Be a Naturalist
11 February 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Ecology of Tennessee
11 March 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Aquatics
08 April 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Birds
13 May 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Herbaceous Plants; Forbs, Ferns, & Fungi
10 June 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Herpetology
08 July 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Invertebrates
12 August 2017 @ 7:00 PM – Astronomy
09 September 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Forestry
14 October 2017 @ 5:00 PM – Nocturnal Nature
11 November 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Mammals
09 December 2017 @ 9:00 AM – Geology and Fossils
13 January 2018 @ 5:00 PM – Graduation Dinner
Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet in Cabin 13 at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Directions 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 3 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.
For more information on the program, stop by the park office or contact Emily at Emily.M.Howard@tn.gov
Ranger Bill Loewer, Chapter Administrator
c/o Cedars of Lebanon State Park
328 Cedar Forest Road
Lebanon, TN 37090
Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park