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Long Hunter Chapter
(formerly Cedars of Lebanon Chapter)

NOTICE:  The Tennessee Naturalist Program formerly affiliated with the Cedars of Lebanon State Park and Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park (2015-2022) will henceforth be affiliated with Long Hunter State Park and the Friends of Long Hunter State Park (2023-). Beginning in February 2023, TNP classes will be conducted at Long Hunter State Park. TNP students who previously attended classes at Cedars of Lebanon State Park should email to inquire about making up a class.

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

2023 Long Hunter Chapter Schedule

Feb. 25 — Becoming A Naturalist: Scope, Skills and Service — Margie Hunter
Mar. 11 — Tennessee Geology: The Foundation, Ecology: The Context — Margie Hunter
Mar. 25 — Tennessee Mammals: Creatures of Habitat — Kristen Garrison
April 8 — Tennessee Reptiles and Amphibians: Scutes, Scales, and Skin — Dr. Brian Miller
April 22 — Birds of Tennessee: Feathered Fauna (8:00 a.m.) — Dr. Jeffrey Walck
May 13 — Tennessee Forests: Seeing the Forests and the Trees — David Arnold
May 20 — Nocturnal Naturalist: Tennessee at Night (6:30 p.m.) — John Froeschauer & Stuart Carroll
June 10 — Forbs, Ferns, Mosses and More: Plants and Fungi — Milo Pyne
June 24 — The World of Invertebrates: Pollinators, Predators, and Pests — Dr. Steve Murphree
July 8 — Rivers, Wetlands and Watersheds: Tennessee’s Living Waters — Cynthia Allen

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. 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. 


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.

TNP Course Topics @ Long Hunter

Naturalist Skills   Forests & Tree ID
Geology & Ecology   Mammals
Birds   Nocturnal Naturalists & Astronomy
Reptiles & Amphibians   Herbaceous Plants & Fungi
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. Students who attended classes at Cedars of Lebanon may make up two (2) classes at Long Hunter State Park at no charge.

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 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 in advance of the desired class. Available seats will be given on a first-come first-served basis.

Long Hunter State Park
2910 Hobson Pike
Hermitage, TN 37076

Phone: (615) 885-2422

Send questions or comments to:

Friends of Cedars of Lebanon State Park