Spring 2014 Tennessee Naturalist Program Accepting Registrations

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Tennessee Naturalist Program is now accepting applications for this spring’s 2014 program at Paris Landing State Park. The program will be held March 17-19 and 24-26.

Participants in the program will gain a contemporary understanding of native ecosystems through firsthand field experience and classroom work. Since field observations are essential for a practical understanding of our environment, at least half of the instructional training will be outdoors. Topics covered in the accelerated 40 hours of coursework will include ecology, geology, plants, fungi, invertebrates, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Upon completion of the coursework, participants will complete the certification by volunteering 40 hours to a variety of projects, such as outreach at parks, nature centers, museums, schools and wildlife refuges.

Registration for the program is $200 per person for the workshop only, $609 for the workshop, lodging (single occupancy) and meals, and $472.54 for the workshop, lodging (double occupancy) and meals. The registration deadline is March 3.

The Tennessee Naturalist Program is an adult education workshop designed to teach Tennesseans about the natural world, inspire the desire to learn more about Tennessee’s natural resources and instill a sense of environmental stewardship within their communities. Tennessee Naturalists create a lasting relationship with the biological world and become a critical resource for educating the public and maintaining the natural beauty of the state.

For more information on the program, contact Erin Pitts at erin.pitts@tn.gov or Bernadette Mach at Bernadette.mach@tn.gov or visit www.tnnaturalist.org.

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