Curriculum

2018-2019 Schedule

REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 20, 2018

All class sessions are 2 hours of instruction and 2 hours in the field; Breaks will be provided.  Prepare to stay for 5 hours. Attire and footwear should both be appropriate for hiking and outdoor activities.  Refillable water bottles are recommended.

So You Want to Be a Naturalist? Future Focus
 
Session 1: Saturday Aug. 18, 2018; 9 a.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday Aug. 23, 2018; 1 p.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Snack)
 
Class Outline:
  • Introduction to the Tennessee Naturalist program (What is a naturalist?)
  • History of important naturalists in Tennessee
  • Tools of a Naturalist, including outdoor clothing
  • Nature Journaling
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The World of Invertebrates:  Pollinators, Predators, Pests and Parasitoids
 
Session 1: Saturday Sept. 15, 2018; 9 a.m.  Dr. Steve Murphree (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: TENTATIVE Thursday Sept. 20, 2018; 1 p.m.  Dr. Kaushalya Amarasekare (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Characteristics and life cycles of insects
  • Identification of insects using keys
  • Overview of other arthropods (spiders, isopods, mites, etc.)
  • Methods of collecting and observing insects and other arthropods
  • Ecological roles of arthropods
 
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The Ecology and Geology of Tennessee
 
Session 1: Saturday Oct. 20, 2018; 9 a.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday Oct. 18, 2018; 1 p.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Overview of ecology and ecological systems
  • Physiographic regions of Tennessee
  • Geology and soils of Tennessee
  • Weather and Climate of Tennessee
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Nocturnal Naturalist
 
Session 1: Saturday Nov. 10, 2018; 4 p.m. Ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings (Bring Dinner) 
Session 2: Thursday Nov. 8, 2018; 4 p.m. Ranger Leslie Anne Rawlings (Bring Dinner)

Class Outline:

  • Overview of astronomy
  • Identification of common constellations
  • Night Wildlife
 
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Tennessee Mammals: Creatures of Habitat
 
Session 1: Saturday Jan. 26, 2019; 9 a.m. David Coats (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday Jan. 24, 2019; 1 p.m. David Coats (Bring a Snack)
 
Class Outline:
  • Overview of Tennessee Mammals
  • Characteristics of this class of animals
  • Different groups of mammals found in Tennessee
  • Behavior, physiology and ecology relating to habitat needs, environmental adaptations and ecosystem roles
 
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Tennessee Reptiles and Amphibians: Scutes, Scales and Skin
 
Session 1: SATURDAY FEB DATE TBD; 2 p.m. Pandy Upchurch (Bring a Snack)
Session 2: THURSDAY FEB DATE TBD; 2 p.m. Pandy Upchurch (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Overview of Tennessee reptiles
  • Overview of Tennessee amphibians
  • Life cycles, habitats, ecology
  • Conservation issues
 
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Forests and Trees of Tennessee
 
Session 1: Saturday Mar. 23, 2019; 9 a.m. Dr. Cindi Smith-Walters & Dave Walters (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday Mar. 21, 2019; 1 p.m. Catherine Gain (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Characterization of Tennessee Forests
  • History of our forests
  • How trees grow
  • Twigs & bark as a way to identify trees
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Feathered Fauna: The Birds of Tennessee
 
Session 1: Saturday Apr. 13, 2019; 7:30 a.m.  Polly Rooker and Cyndi Routledge (Bring a Snack)
Session 2: Thursday Apr. 11, 2019; 1 p.m. Polly Rooker (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Overview of birds in Tennessee
  • Migration and flyways
  • Permanent residents, winter residents, summer residents, transients
  • Bird identification by sight and sound
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Tennessee's Living Waters
 
Session 1: Saturday May 4, 2019; 9 a.m. Nancy Garden and Kristin Hopkins (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday May 2, 2019; 1 p.m. Nancy Garden and Kristin Hopkins (Bring a Snack)

Class Outline:

  • Watersheds of Tennessee
  • Rivers and streams
  • Wetlands
  • Water quality Assessment
  • Aquatic flora and fauna
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Forbs, Ferns, Fungi and More
 
Session 1: Saturday May 18, 2019; 9 a.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Lunch)
Session 2: Thursday May 23, 2019; 1 p.m. Margie Hunter (Bring a Snack)
 
Class Outline:
  • Overview of herbaceous plants, identification and keying
  • Overview of non-vascular
  • Overview of fungi