Apr 22, 2022
Nature Center at Paris Landing State Park
PARIS LANDING STATE PARK NATURE CENTER OPENING SET
April 21, 2022
@ 6:40 pm
By Shannon McFarlin News Director
Buchanan, Tenn.–The Paris Landing State Park Nature Center will open Friday, April 22 with a collection of displays and live wildlife.
Ranger Gina Lowry said Friday’s opening will be a soft opening, with a grand opening later.
Friday’s hours will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hot dogs served to everyone from 11 to noon. Over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday hours will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Nature Center will only be open on weekends (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days) until June 1, when the hours will expand to Thursday through Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Nature Center is a team effort by the Paris Landing staff, including Park Manager Zach Tinkle, rangers, maintenance and park staff and volunteers.
The grounds include a native wildlife garden, walking trail, doggie and human water fountains, and kiosk with current events posted. A community vegetable garden is also planned.
Inside the Nature Center are live wildlife including turtles, fish, snakes, gray tree frogs and a falcon, with numerous educational displays and wildlife collections of native rocks, pelts, and information on the animals that can be found in the park, such as Bald Eagles, ospreys and more. The turtles can travel over wooden bridges made by the maintenance staff, who also made the other wildlife displays.
The Nature Center will be constantly evolving with more displays added. The maintenance crew has been working on the center for some time, totally re-doing what used to be a storage area into the center.
The Nature Center is located on Bridgeview Road near the Don Ridgeway Visitor Center.
Photo by Shannon McFarlin.