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Cedars of Lebanon Chapter


The 2020 Tennessee Naturalist Program at Cedars of Lebanon State Park is full and registration is now closed. Moreover, the waiting list for possible openings due to cancellations is rather lengthy, so we are no longer taking names for the standby list. If you would like to be notified of the 2021 TNP Course, email:


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


2020 Schedule of Classes *

22 February – Naturalist Skills
14 March – Geology
28 March – Ecology of Tennessee
11 April – Amphibians & Reptiles
25 April – Birds of Tennessee
9 May – Forbs, Ferns, & Fungi
16 May – Forests & Tree ID
13 June – Invertebrates & Insects
27 June – Nocturnal Nature (meets at 6:30 p.m.)
11 July – Mammals of Tennessee
25 July – Rivers, Wetlands & Watersheds
15 August – Astronomy (meets at 6:30 p.m.)
22 August – alternate date

* Tentative schedule. Nocturnal Nature  and Astronomy are evening classes.
All other classes begin at 9:00 a.m..

Registration begins Nov. 1, 2019. Early registration recommended to ensure enrollment.

All participants should arrive 15 minutes before each class begins to retrieve your name badge, sign the attendance sheet, and receive announcements. Unless otherwise noted, all classes meet at WPA Cabin 13 located near the Assembly Hall at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.


TNP participants may make-up no more than two (2) classes at no charge for any sessions missed in their original class year. The makeup  classes must take place at your home chapter during the 12-month period immediately following your original class year. Additional makeup classes are $25 each.

PLEASE NOTE: Makeup classes taken at any chapter other than your home chapter are $25 each. The $25 fee is payable to that chapter. 

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

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