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.
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.
Tennessee State Parks Conservancy
A 501(c)3 nonprofit partner of the Tennessee State Parks system dedicated to making Tennessee State Parks better by raising funds for educational programs, health initiatives and special park projects.
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.