1,190 Kids Complete Junior Ranger Camps in 2017

Tennessee State Parks | August 16, 2017 | Ramble Parks Mascot | Permalink

The summer of 2017 is drawing to a close, and with it the junior ranger camps at our parks across the state have ended. Between the months of June and July, 44 of our parks hosted camps and reached over 1,190 kids.

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6 Adventures for August #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | July 31, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the heat is letting up. We know August will bring with it some of the hottest temperatures of the year. To help you stay cool, these August adventures are packed full of indoor learning and easily-accessible destinations in Tennessee. Beat the heat and enjoy the parks with these six adventures: 

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Head Outside for Labor Day Weekend

Tennessee State Parks | July 31, 2017 | | Permalink

The last days of summer are upon us, so don’t pass up the chance to spend a little more time in the sun this Labor Day weekend! Start planning now for how you’ll spend September 2-4. It’s your time to celebrate the hard work you’ve put in all year. Here are a few ideas to get your planning juices flowing:

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Beat the Heat this August

Tennessee State Parks | July 30, 2017 | | Permalink

August in Tennessee brings some of the most grueling temperatures of the year. The humidity outside assaults you like waves beating against the shore.  Everything you wear sticks to you like a pair of ‘80s leather pants. Yet it’s no fun to stay indoors. There’s nothing on TV and the only thing standing between you and college football are the dog days of summer.

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Backpacking Memories: A Guided Adventure

Tennessee State Parks | July 19, 2017 | | Permalink

Throughout the year, Tennessee State Park staff lead guided backpacking adventures. These guided trips provide guests with the tools, equipment and knowledge needed for a successful backpacking trip. This guest blog from photographer David Pineros highlights our most recent trip at Henry Horton State Park. 

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Fall Creek Falls State Park Strengthens Recycling Program

Tennessee State Parks | July 13, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Fall Creek Falls State Park has expanded its environmental sustainability efforts this summer thanks to a partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful, to provide 30 recycling bins throughout the park for visitor use.

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10 Adventures for July #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | June 28, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is here! Time to get out and explore your Tennessee State Parks. Whether you’re looking to escape the heat in one of our indoor exhibits, spend some time on the water or stare into the night sky, we have the adventures that will make this a summer to remember. 

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Celebrate July 4 at a State Park

Tennessee State Parks | June 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Independence Day is right around the corner. It’s a time for freedom, family, and fireworks. Together we celebrate the founding principles of this great nation. What better place to do that than on the public lands that exist to connect you, the people, to the great outdoors? Whether you’re looking for something to do the weekend before or the day of, we have the perfect Fourth of July celebration for you. 

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Planning Your Solar Eclipse Trip

Tennessee State Parks | June 15, 2017 | | Permalink

On August 21, a band of darkness will sweep over Tennessee as the moon blocks out the sun for the first solar eclipse to affect this area since 1478. We want to make sure you are prepared to have the best experience possible. Here’s what you need to know to have a great visit at Tennessee State Parks:

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State Parks to Host Student Volunteers on Tennessee Promise Saturday

Tennessee State Parks | June 6, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, June 24.

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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Coming to Tennessee

Tennessee State Parks | June 6, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Six Tennessee State Parks and surrounding communities have been expressly chosen by Humanities Tennessee to host "Water|Ways": a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

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7 Adventures for June #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | May 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The summer season is in full swing at our parks and June is jam-packed. This month is known for Free Fishing Day (always the Saturday of the first full week in June), Father's Day and of course our 8 Adventures for June! Here are a few of our favorite 80th Anniversary must-do adventures to take you through the month. 

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Tennessee State Parks Among Finalists for National Gold Medal Award

Tennessee State Parks | May 26, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Tennessee State Parks is competing for top honors in a National Gold Medal Award for best state park system. Tennessee is one of four state finalists. Check out the video that highlights some of the ways Tennessee is unique. 

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8 Adventures for May #TSP80

Tennessee State Parks | April 28, 2017 | | Permalink

Summer is right around the corner, and Tennessee State Parks are there to kick off your summertime funtime. Here are a few of our 80th Anniversary adventures to get you through the month. 

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at one of our eight restaurants

Tennessee State Parks | April 27, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Mother's Day at Tennessee State Parks

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Pickett State Park Opens New Archaeology Museum and Research Station

Tennessee State Parks | April 25, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park unveiled a new Archaeology Museum and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) field research station. The new facility is a working museum that will display artifacts unearthed on-site from the park, Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area and surrounding areas.

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A Favorite Wildflower

Randy Hedgepath | April 24, 2017 | State Naturalist | Permalink

It is hard to pick a favorite spring wildflower, there are so many beautiful flowers in Tennessee’s spring woods. I like the intricate and colorful flowers but I also like the plain small white ones too. If you take the time to use a hand lens magnifier they turn out to be intricate and beautiful as well. 

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TDEC and Conservation Partners Add 1,058 Acres Near Fiery Gizzard Trail

Tennessee State Parks | April 19, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), in partnership with The Conservation Fund, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Open Space Institute (OSI), today announced the addition of 1,058 acres to South Cumberland State Park in Marion County. 

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Is there actually a state park within an hour of every Tennessean?

Tennessee State Parks | April 12, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

A group of seventh-graders tackled this question, and the results might surprise you! 

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TDEC Opens Window Cliffs State Natural Area to the Public

Tennessee State Parks | April 11, 2017 | Park News | Permalink

On Friday, April 7, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) unveiled a new State Natural Area to the public.

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