Pre–Trip Checklists: Feel like you’re forgetting something? Use these checklists to make sure you don’t leave something important behind. Note: some of these checklists are specific to birds, but these general guidelines can be used for all types of nature viewing!
- Bird Watching Checklist
- Hiking Checklist: Some of these items are extraneous for a few hours of nature watching, but it’s worth considering. Though they are not featured on this list, don’t forget your binoculars and your field guides!
Safety: We want you to be safe! Consider these links before heading out on your journey.
- Red Cross First Aid Courses
- Wild Animal Safety: Educate yourself; avoidance is the best protection from encounters. Bear spray can be a great investment, but it will not help you if you don’t know how to handle the situation properly. Please educate yourself before hiking in a wilderness area. Don’t let this deter you from being outside; this knowledge will prepare you so that you can enjoy an anxiety free experience!
- Birding Field Checklist
- Popular Tree Field Guides
- Popular Insect Field Guides
- 10 Field Guides for the Serious Naturalist
- Federal Recommendations for Field Guides in the South-Eastern United States
Locations: Check out our Recreation map for viewing locations! Other locators include:
- US Forest Service Park Locator
- National Park Service Park Locator
- Location & Opportunity Locator—Recreation.gov
- Daniel Boone National Forest Trail Locator
- Birding in Tennessee
- Birding in Tennessee State Parks
- Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife Locations
- Tennessee Wildlife Hiking Trails
- Tennessee State Park Locator
- Tennessee Vacation Must See Spots
- Interesting Landforms in Tennessee