Mack Prichard Day

Mack Prichard Standing at South Cumberland State Park

March 31st is designated as the Mack S. Prichard Day by Governor Bill Lee in appreciation and celebration of Prichard’s life in service. 

Mack S. Prichard was the first Archaeologist and later Naturalist of the State of Tennessee. Mack Prichard serves as an inspiration for people to support, visit and love natural spaces and cultural resources. He used his abilities to preserve the spaces he loved, not just for himself, but for the benefit of us all. His natural ability to draw in audiences and connect them to resources is what made him so effective.

To view some of the amazing collections of photos, videos and writings of Mack Prichard, visit There you will find some of the thousands of slides, dozens of presentations and countless pages of Mack's writings and notes, recounting his more than six decades of service to the State of Tennessee, to Nature, and to like-minded environmentalists and conservationists across the planet.

The events below will take place on Mack Prichard Day to celebrate his legacy. Use the calendar to find an event near you.

Mack Prichard caving, holding pamphlets, and leading a controlled burn.

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