TSPC supports projects and programs that span multiple parks. We help fill in the gaps for Tennessee parks that don’t have a Friends group, and work in alliance with those that do. We work to support educational programs, health initiatives and special park projects that preserve, protect and enhance the 56 state parks across Tennessee.
Field Trips Grants
Based on a successful program by the National Park Foundation, which supports the National Park Service, the TSPC Field Trip Program gives children from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to get out of the classroom and learn about wildlife, the environment and Tennessee history through an immersive, hands-on experience opportunity at a Tennessee State Park. We invite educators that work with K-12 students to take a field trip to visit one of the 56 state parks across Tennessee (Fun fact: there is one within an hour of every Tennessee student!). Whether students are learning about science, English, art, history or a variety of other subjects, Tennessee State Parks provide a unique opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.
Junior Ranger Camp Sponsorships
This program offers children a summer camp experience that provides opportunities for exploring and learning about the natural world through an array of fun and creative activities at a state park. Sponsorships allow students to attend who might not otherwise be able to due to financial restrictions.
Virtual Junior Ranger Camp
In response to COVID 19, the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy and Tennessee State Parks joined forces to bring Virtual Junior Ranger Summer Camp to families across Tennessee. We knew it was important to continue children’s learning, offer socialization with other Junior Rangers, and teach outdoor skills that last a lifetime. This eight-week camp covers a new topic every week and has lots of nature learning opportunities that could be applied in a State Park or in their neighborhood at home. We are planning on offering additional ongoing opportunities like this one.
Story Book Trails
Tennessee State Parks Story Book Trails tell a nature-themed story with signs placed at a child’s height on a short trail at a park. In addition to promoting literacy, and parental engagement, Story Book Trails encourage families to connect with nature and engage in a healthy, outdoor activity.
The first Story Book Trail in a Tennessee State Park was developed and executed by Leslie Anne Rawlings, Ranger at Long Hunter State Park. With her guidance, the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy was able to expand the program to other parks. Funding and implementation have varied, but largely funded by the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation. You can find all of the Story Book Trails here. (insert link to trails).Click on images below to start slideshow.