Important COVID-19 Updates

How Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary is Responding to COVID-19

(Updated 6/29/2020)

We know Owl's Hill Nature Sanctuary is a respite and place of serenity for many. The health and well-being of everyone at Owl’s Hill is our top priority. To provide a safe environment, current COVID-19 precautions include:

  • Please DON'T visit if you or someone in your household is sick, not feeling well or was recently exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • All visitors are expected to follow CDC physical distancing protocol at all times. Maintain at least six feet of separation between you and others.
  • All visitors (ages 13+) are required to have and wear a facial covering for times when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Restrooms. Our outdoor portable toilets are equipped with hand sanitizers inside and we've added an outside hand washing station. 

We will continue to monitor updates from state and local governments, in concert with health experts, regarding public and group programming. Updates will be posted to this webpage and our Facebook page. Additional details regarding the status of specific programs follows.

Visitor Center
All visitors must check-in and check-out at the Visitor Center as usual, however, the Visitor Center interior remains open to staff only.

Trail Hiking
Our trails are open Tuesday - Saturday to offer a safe recreation option. A limited number of Day Passes are available by on-line purchase only for same-day hiking. To protect the wildlife and their fragile habitats, pets are not permitted in the Sanctuary, even on a leash. Day Pass visitors are expected to follow the CDC social distancing protocol and to wear a mask  (ages 13+) when social distancing is not possible. No large groups or meet-up groups, please.

Education Programs
School programs and Home School programs, both onsite and via our Nature Comes Calling outreach program, will be available in the Fall, subject to school district protocols at that time. Please contact us at with any field trip questions or visit our Home School page.

Public Programs
Small-group programs are scheduled begining in August. Please check our Events Calendar for the latest information.

Tennessee Naturalist Program
Registration opens July 15. Please watch for updates in our e-newsletter.

Dinner in the Forest
Like many non-profits, we have evaluated how we might safely provide a unique experience while raising vital operating support for our beloved Owl’s Hill. So, will there be a Dinner in the Forest at Owl’s Hill? YES, but it will be a modified experience this year due to the continued presence of COVID-19. This year’s Dinner in the Forest will be. . .in a tote. Working with Dani Kates of dKates, we’ll pack your delectable three-course dinner-to-go in an eco-friendly tote along with a commemorative gift and a little something for your backyard. Basket pick-up will be Saturday, August 8. Orders must be received by July 7. We have a limited number of tote dinners still available. For more information, contact us at or call 615-370-4672.

Volunteer Programs
Volunteer Days and Eagle Scout Projects are available on a limited basis.  Please direct any questions regarding socially-distanced volunteer opportunities to

How You Can Help
Please consider making a gift to help ensure Owl's Hill can recover from this unprecedented crisis. 
Your gift will allow us to pick up with programming and other activities that mean so much to our visitors and volunteers.

Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask and wash your hands like a racoon, and practice social distancing. If you feel ill or someone in your household is ill, please stay home and consult your health care provider.