Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium



City Of Kingsport, Tennessee


Asset name


Bays Mountain Park, Planetarium and Nature Preserve


Address, phone etc.


853 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660




Organization website


Organization type


Environmental Education and Space Science complex,


Native Animal Zoological Park, and 3,852 acre Nature Preserve


Contact name


Fred Hilton, Senior Naturalist



Contact email




·         Bays Mountain Park (BMP) offers hands – on outdoor activities and / or guided tours for students pre-kindergarten through high school. All activities and tours are developed from a combination of the state science standards of Tennessee and Virginia.



·        BMP naturalists work with teachers to customize programs for groups of 30 and under such as individual classrooms and home school groups



·         Internships for area college undergraduates are offered throughout the year



·         Research opportunities are available for graduate, doctorial, and post doctorial students



·         Professional development for teachers can be arranged by request



·         From late May through early August BMP operates an environmentally interactive day camp for students’ grades 1 – 6.



·         Summer Raptor Camp provides students grades 7-12 an opportunity for direct practical experience in handling and studying the birds of prey in BMP’s Raptor Center



·         Bays Mountain Park’s planetarium can recreate representations of the solar system, galaxies, and beyond, that allow students both a spatial and scale understanding of the universe. The planetarium’s capabilities are vast. Customized programs can be designed through close communication between teachers and planetarium staff.


Does it address STEM standards?






·         Pre-k through High School


·         College


·         Teachers


·         Other educational professionals



STEM area


Natural and Earth Sciences


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