Nature Centers

Bird and wildlife habitats and sanctuaries, native species displays, outdoor and environmental classrooms, forests, meadows, lakes, festivals, hiking trails, river walks, natural history education and exhibits, animal interaction, games, and crafts — all make Tennessee nature centers top-notch.

Exciting exhibits, lush gardens with native wildflowers and trees, outdoor classrooms, hiking trails and more combine to charm visitors. Knoxvilles Ijams Nature Center is the setting for woodlands, hiking and biking trails, a boardwalk on the Tennessee River and an amazing stone structure within the Ross Marble Quarry Loop. Lichterman Nature Center, in Memphis, is home to gorgeous gardens, a three-story forest boardwalk and 65 acres of lake, meadow and forest. 

Take a Blue Moon eco-cruise through the wealth of wildlife along the Tennessee River Gorge and Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge to get a close-up view and experience the history of the Cherokee Nation. Observe peak waterfowl numbers,exceeding 250,000 at times, at Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge. With 20 acres of wetlands for exploration and hands-on exhibits, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is tailored toward inspiring curiosity. 

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Ijams Nature Center Ijams Nature CenterKnoxville Bowie Nature Park Bowie Nature ParkFairview Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Meeman-Shelby Forest State ParkMillington Steele Creek Park & Nature Center Steele Creek Park & Nature CenterBristol Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium Bays Mountain Park & PlanetariumKingsport Cedars of Lebanon State Park Cedars of Lebanon State ParkLebanon Reelfoot Lake State Park Reelfoot Lake State ParkTiptonville Fall Creek Falls State Park Fall Creek Falls State ParkPikeville Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Discovery Center at Murfree SpringMurfreesboro Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge Chickasaw National Wildlife RefugeRipley Warner Park Nature Center Warner Park Nature CenterNashville Chattanooga Nature Center Chattanooga Nature CenterChattanooga Lichterman Nature Center Lichterman Nature CenterMemphis Beaman Park and Nature Center Beaman Park and Nature CenterAshland City T.O. Fuller State Park T.O. Fuller State ParkMemphis
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