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.
Knoxville’s 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.