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Earth Day at Tennessee State Parks

April 21, 2021  |  Permalink

Owl at Chickasaw State Park

Celebrate Earth Day With Us

It's Earth Day. A day that inspires people all across the globe to pause and appreciate the gifts that the natural world provides us. Whether you're celebrating by how to be more environmentally friendly or spending it outdoors amongst natural beauty, we invite you to explore the ways you can celebrate with us at Tennessee State Parks. While Earth Day lasts only 24 hours, Tennessee State Parks provides opportunities to build connections with the natural environment each day of the year.

Join Us In Going Green

Sustainability is a goal for our parks that's guided by the Go Green With Us Program. What started as a recycling initiative has transformed into a park-wide movement to implement sustainability practices into park operations. All 56 Tennessee State Parks are taking steps to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect land and water resources, and reduce waste. Join us in going green by learning about the ways that you can add sustainable practices into your everyday life.


Bottle With Trail Pack Sticker Resting on Log In Front Of Lake

Trail Pack

Hitting the trails at Tennessee State Parks has become a loved ritual for many people, especially over the past year. You may have come to learn that a good trail is like a gym membership, a living textbook, and a therapist all rolled into one. We know there's a group of people out there that love trails and want to support them. That's why we created Trail Pack. 

The Trail Pack is a new opportunity for trail users and lovers to put their money where their boots are by donating directly to the Tennessee State Parks Trail Fund. Each $25 Trail Pack donation will be put towards maintaining and building trails across Tennessee State Parks. Plus, everyone who donates will receive a supporter bundle that includes unique, annual vinyl stickers.


Recreate Responsibly

It's that time of year when we're all itching to spend more time outdoors. We're excited about the adventures that you'll have at our parks this summer, but we need your help keeping our outdoor spaces safe. Some of our Rangers are here with a few tips to help you enjoy a safe and responsible visit.

Become a Tennessee Conservationist

Butterfly Resting On A Leaf

If you're passionate about the outdoors, you'll fit right in with Tennessee Conservationist. As Tennessee State Park's official magazine, the Conservationist allows you to immerse yourself in stunning visuals and engaging stories about the outdoors in Tennessee. Whether you like to feel the pages of a magazine or scroll through digitally, the Conservationist is available to all who love to learn and explore.


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Safari at Radnor Lake

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Hands Holding Plants

Get Involved

If you're looking for a hands-on way to make a difference at Tennessee State Parks, there are lots of ways to get involved! Volunteer opportunities are always going on at our parks. We need volunteers to help with weeds pulls, river clean-ups, and more. You can search for volunteer events by park or type on our new online volunteer portal. 


For those looking to plant roots at a park you love, consider joining one of our Friends Groups. There's a Friends Group at almost all of our parks. These non-profit organizations welcome anyone who's interested in protecting, preserving, and promoting the beauty and the splendor of their favorite state park.


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