Who We Are

Established in 2016, the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was created to allow corporations, foundations and individuals to support multiple parks within the Tennessee State Parks system. Although many individual parks have a Friends group to support a specific park, the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy allows supporters to show their love for the state parks system as a whole.

In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy works to raise funds for educational programs, health initiatives and special park projects at the 56 state parks across Tennessee.


Board of Directors

Marlee Mitchell, Chair

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Laura Franklin, Secretary

Tennessee State Parks

Michael Drescher

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Charley Poe

Eastman Chemical Company

Cosby Stone

TAP Publishing Company

Say Hello!


(615) 475-8772



Snail Mail

P.O. Box 190640
Nashville, TN 37219

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William R. Snodgrass TN Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

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Tennessee State Parks

From its beginning in 1937, Tennessee State Parks were established to preserve and protect the unique natural, cultural and historic resources of Tennessee. The public interest has also been served by a variety of benefits for citizens and communities produced by our state park system, promoting stronger communities and healthier citizens across the state through diverse resource-based recreation while conserving the natural environment for today and tomorrow – preserving authentic Tennessee places and spaces for future generations to enjoy. As stewards of the resources in our parks, we seek to manage Tennessee’s state parks in order to preserve and protect valued resources and to provide a balance of services and benefits for the enjoyment of the people.