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.

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Ijams Nature Center Ijams Nature CenterKnoxville Bowie Nature ParkFairview Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park Meeman-Shelby Forest State ParkMillington 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 CenterNashville Chattanooga Nature Center Chattanooga Nature CenterChattanooga Lichterman Nature Center Lichterman Nature CenterMemphis Beaman Park and Nature CenterAshland City T.O. Fuller State Park T.O. Fuller State ParkMemphis
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