Educational tours of our Playscape and Nature Path are arranged by appointment. Tours are 90 minutes in length and count as approved training through DHS for Tennessee providers. A $35 fee is assessed to arrange a tour. Additional participants from the same program may be added to a tour on the same date for $15 per person. Handouts and training certificates are included. Please call 423-877-1544 to schedule at tour or if you would like more details.

HPUMP was the first school in Tennessee to become a certified Nature Explore Classroom® (June 2012).

Nature Explore is a collaborative project of the Arbor Day and Dimensions Educational Research Foundations. Their goal is to help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning. Nature Explore provides research-based workshops, design consultations and resources created to support programs as they continue to connect children and families to the wonders of nature. Free online resources include the Nature Explore Families’ Club and the Environmental Action Kit and can be found at Many other books and materials are available for purchase in the Resource Guide.

Our beautiful, natural Playscape was the Southern Early Childhood Association’s overall winner for the 2013 Exemplary Outdoor Classroom contest. We are delighted to be serving as the model of excellence in outdoor learning environments for children for both Tennessee and the 13 southern states in SECA.