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Tennessee State Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit fundraising partner of Tennessee State Parks. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we work with donors and the State to raise funds and support programs that contribute to the long-term health of both our lands and our communities.


Tennessee State Parks Conservancy supports education, health and access programs that preserve, protect and enhance Tennessee’s natural areas and parks system.


The Tennessee State Parks Conservancy was established in 2016 as a nonprofit partner to Tennessee State Parks. Created through the enthusiasm and dedication of State Parks employees, the organization was initially classified as a supporting organization and was incubated in the Tennessee State Parks offices.

Now, the Conservancy operates as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, working with the State and supporters like you to advance our parks system.

We continue to be the parks’ biggest fans and pledge to do all we can to support their efforts to ensure that Tennessee Parks are forever and for everyone.

About 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.

Preserve and Protect - Tennessee State Parks

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.

Our Team


  • Gina Hancock, Executive Director
  • Alex Wyss, Deputy Executive Director

Board of Directors

  • Bob Martineau, Chair
    Finn Partners, Nashville
  • Laura Franklin, Secretary
    Tennessee State Parks, Nashville
  • Jamie Cochran
    Summit Wealth Group, Memphis
  • Cathy Cate
  • Chris Bavis
    Ryman Hospitality Properties
  • Ann Tidwell
    Community Advocate, Nashville
  • Greer Tidwell
    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville
  • Charley Poe
    Eastman Chemical Company, Nashville
  • Cosby Stone
    TAP Publishing Company, Cookeville
  • Thomasa Ross
    Educator, Clarksville