Tennessee Naturalist Program

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Fifth Annual Meeting

On Friday, February 23rd, the Tennessee Naturalist Program held our Fifth Annual Meeting at Owls Hill Nature Center.

Our new database was revealed in a hands-on training session lead by Kristin Hopkins and Nancy Garden. Chapter Coordinators will set up their own class and volunteer information and each volunteer will have access to enter their own (and only their own) training and volunteer hours. Volunteer accounts will flag when a volunteer is due a new service award pin.

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After lunch several board positions were brought to a vote. Shawn Wolfe was reelected Vice President and Margie Hunter was reelected as Secretary. Sharon Francis, Mary Healy and Cori Williams became new Members-at-Large. We welcome our new board members!

Scholarships and financial reporting were discussed, along with a number of other topics. After a group photo most attendees joined in a tour of the Owls Hill facility, which was the site of the first TNP class and continues to train volunteers.

TNP Wins TWF Conservation Award

The Tennessee Naturalist Program was honored to receive the Tennessee Wildlife Federation's Conservation Organization of the Year Award! 

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation recently hosted the 52nd Annual Conservation Achievement Awards. The ceremony was held in Nashville at the Loveless Cafe and presented 17 awards to recipients from all corners of the state. “Tennessee Wildlife Federation is proud to hold up the meaningful work of our award winners as examples for others to follow,” said Butler.

The Conservation Organization of the Year Award is given to those organizations for outstanding achievement by an organization for work in some phase of conservation during the contest year.

We are also proud of our board members, Pandy English and Margie Hunter.  Pandy was honored with the TWF Ged Petit Memorial Award for outstanding accomplishments by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer in the area of citizen education, public outreach, and community services, which exemplifies the dedication, energy, enthusiasm, skills and dedication of the late TWRA officer Ged Petit.  Margie was honored with the TWF Conservation Communicator Award for outstanding achievement in effectively conveying the conservation message and creating public awareness of conservation issues in the news media. Way to go guys! You deserve it!

Trails & Trilliums Tribute Award

Trails & Trilliums Award 2013According to Board Chair Pandy English, "The Tennessee Naturalist Program is incredibly honored to receive the Friends of the South Cumberlands' Trails and Trilliums Tribute Award. The Tennessee Naturalist Program's mission of inspiring the desire to learn and share the nature of Tennessee serves as a spark and when put into the right hands ignites a burning desire in people to give back to nature. Thank you so much!"

The inaugural Tennessee Naturalist Program was held at Owls Hill Nature Sanctuary in Brentwood. The Friends of South Cumberland instituted the fourth Tennessee Naturalist Program chapter in the state in August 2012. The Memphis Botanic Garden, Chattanooga Arboretum-Nature Center and Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville are also offering the course, and other chapters are being formed across the state.

rock layersThe Tennessee Naturalist Program owes its initial development and continued growth to the guidance and support of Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Environmental Education, and Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary.