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Bays Mountain Park hosts Tennessee Naturalist Program

Matthew Lane • Aug 13, 2018 at 11:30 AM

KINGSPORT — If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about nature in Tennessee or have thought about becoming a volunteer at Bays Mountain Park, there’s an upcoming event you might want to sign up for.

Bays Mountain Park has offered the Tennessee Naturalist Program annually for the past four years. It’s purpose is to teach Tennesseans about our natural world, inspire the desire to learn more, instill an appreciation of responsible environmental stewardship and channel volunteer efforts toward education of the general public and conservation of the state’s natural resources.

After training, Tennessee Naturalists may participate in many different types of volunteer activities, such as:

— Helping a nature outreach program at a park, museum or school.

— Assisting with the collection of scientific data for a bird census, water quality assessment or rare plant monitoring.

— Working with trail maintenance or habitat restoration projects.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The sessions take place at Bays Mountain Park on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Aug. 17 and running through Oct. 26. The cost of the program is $250, which includes all classes and class material, a hand lens and field notebook. Attire and footwear should be appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities.

Krystal Haney, a naturalist at the park, said the program is limited to 15 people. Currently, there are four slots available in this year’s session.

You can register in person at the nature center or call (423) 229-9447 to register over the phone. For more information, call Haney at (423) 229-9483 or email [email protected]

Tennessee Naturalist Program Schedule

• August 17th: So you want to be a naturalist — Introduction to the program

• August 31st: Forests and trees of Tennessee

• September 7th: The world of invertebrates: pollinators, predators, pests and parasitoids

• September 14th: Forbs, ferns, fungi and more

• September 21st: Tennessee’s living waters

• September 28th: Hooray for herbs

• October 5th: Feathered friends: the birds of Tennessee

• October 12th: Ecology and geology of Tennessee

• October 13th: (field part)

• October 19th: The furry creatures of Tennessee

• October 20th: (field part)

• October 26th: Nocturnal Naturalist

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