Nature Centers

Exciting exhibits, lush gardens with native wildflowers and trees, outdoor classrooms, hiking trails and more combine to charm visitors.

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, crafts—all and more are what make Tennessee nature centers top-notch.

Outdoor destinations can be found across the state without venturing too far out of the cities. In Knoxville, be sure to visit Ijams Nature Center and its two rock quarries. In Nashville, visit the headquarters of the State Department of Agriculture at Ellington Agricultural Center. It’s also home to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, one of Tennessee’s best collections of pioneer-day artifacts.


To see fossils at their finest, visit the Coon Creek Science Center in Adamsville, featuring 73-million-year old seabed fossils. Your journey wouldn’t be complete without stepping back in time at the Museum of Appalachia, where you can stroll through the village, see artifacts and tend to livestock just the way settlers did in early American life in Appalachia.


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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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