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.