Each year when the weather turns warm, an influx of campers make their way into our state park campgrounds. In order to make the park experience relaxing and enjoyable for our campers during this busy time, we rely on the assistance of “live in” volunteers called campground hosts.
Friends are concerned citizens who have banded together to assist in protecting, preserving and promoting the beauty and the splendor of their favorite state park. These groups give selflessly of their time, talents and energy to help ensure their park’s integrity is intact for future generations to enjoy.
Jr. Ranger Program
The Junior Ranger Program strives to give children a fresh look at the world around them! Whether it’s taking a hike or going for a swim, there many fun things to do at Tennessee’s State Parks that can help keep us happy and healthy!
NFL Play60 Program
Tennessee is the first state park system to participate in the NFL Play60 campaign, which features outreach into local schools and communities to engage children with messages and activities that promote outdoor experiences, the natural world, healthy lifestyles and fun.
Special Summer Programs
When you visit Tennessee State Parks, you’ll often see summer program schedules offered by our “SIR’s” or Seasonal Interpreter/Recreators. Interpreters are the employees responsible for planning, publicizing, and presenting the fun, interactive, and educational programs for which Tennessee State Parks are known.
One of the most popular ways to experience Tennessee State Parks and Tennessee State Natural Areas is to spend time with State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath. Throughout the year, Randy can be found leading waterfall tours, wildflower hikes, nature walks and scenic excursions at a variety of state parks and natural areas. Check your schedule and make plans to meet up at a Tennessee State Park soon.
Tennessee Naturalist Program
The Tennessee Naturalist Program (TNP) is an education training program designed to introduce the natural history of Tennessee to interested adults. The program has several chapters located across the state that offer training and environmental education opportunities to interested individuals.
Lend a hand to help Tennessee State Parks conserve natural, aesthetic, cultural, and historic resources, provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental and cultural resource education.
Youth Running Program
The Middle School Run Club program is a pilot program funded by the Tennessee Department of Health. The program is providing the infrastructure and the opportunity to allow middle school age children to chance to enjoy State Parks in fun and healthy way.