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Increase Learning and Lifelong Memories: Outdoor Classrooms

Increase Learning and Lifelong Memories:  Outdoor Classrooms

About Brandon Spring

Groups wanting to experience nature in a fun and safe environment while still enjoying all the amenities of home– enjoy staying at Brandon Spring Group Center at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Brandon Spring serves the area as a year-round overnight facility for groups of all ages. Nestled on a wooded knoll, it overlooks scenic Bards Lake and Lake Barkley in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes.

The center provides the right environment for all of your overnight group gatherings especially when you want to get away from the distractions of town.

Canoeing at Brandon Spring
Canoeing at Brandon Spring

Something for Everyone

Brandon Spring has something to offer groups of all experience and comfort levels.  Whether your group comes from the inner city or a more rural area, we provide a place they can feel safe while immersing themselves in nature.

Whether your goal is to simply introduce your participants to the natural world or you want them to spend a night in hand made shelters, we can help you design a program to fit your needs.

Lasting Memories

When we talk to former students who visited Brandon Spring in their youth, these grown adults fondly recall teachers’ names who introduced nature to them at Land Between The Lakes. Many recall lessons learned by recounting their experiences. The heightened use of our five senses stimulate brain activity which nurtures emotional bonding making lasting impressions on young lives.

Check us out

To find out more, call us 931-232-7405 – we have a lot to offer you. You can also find out more on our web page at

Check out our amenities and the sample itinerary we built for a group of 60 people.

Better yet, just give us a call at 931-232-7405.

Hands on learning at Brandon Spring Group Center
Hands on learning at Brandon Spring Group Center


  • Lodging and Food Service
    • 128 Beds | 8 dorms | $250 per dorm
    • Full-service kitchen | $18 per person for 3 meals
    • Boxed lunches for excursions
  • Meeting and activity rooms
  • Safe environment
  • Outdoor activities
  • Nature adventures
  • Environmental/conservation education
  • Customized programs
  • Available amenities included in Dorm fees
    • Climate controlled activity building
    • Outdoor amphitheater
    • Developed campfire rings
    • Basketball courts
    • Sports fields for baseball, soccer, football and games
    • Hiking trails
    • Impounded lake for fishing, swimming, canoeing, and exploring
    • Canoes and life jackets
    • Swimming pool – seasonal
    • Archery Range
  • August-May staff-guided activities
    • $1 per person examples
      • Compass course
      • Pond and Stream aquatic study
      • Beaver Marsh hike
      • Outdoor survival
      • Many others
    • $5 per person
      • Ropes Challenge course
      • Call for more options
    • Other on site attractions
      • Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
      • Planetarium and Observatory
      • Woodlands Nature Station
      • Horseback Riding
    • Other local attractions
      • Fort Donelson National Battlefield
      • Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Stream Stroll program with Brandon Spring staff
Stream Stroll program with Brandon Spring staff

Sample 2-night Itinerary

There are a number of different itinerary and pricing options based on group type and activities that can be arranged with Brandon Spring staff. This is only one sample.

Day 1: Travel and Arrival to Brandon Spring

11:00    Golden Pond Planetarium Show
12:00 – 12:45    Lunch at Picnic Shelter (on own)
1:00 – 3:00    Homeplace 1850s Working Farm
3:30    Arrive at Brandon Spring
Orientation and Settle in Dorms
4:30 – 5:15    Free time
5:15    Dinner
6:30 – 8:00    Night Hike
8:00    Evening Activities

Teamwork during a ropes course activity
Teamwork during a ropes course activity

Day 2: Outdoor Fun

7:30    Breakfast
Selected programs
Challenge Course
Outdoor Survival
Animal Signs
Pond Study
8:30-10:30    Program Rotation I
10:30-12:30    Program Rotation II
12:30    Lunch
1:15-3:15    Program Rotation III
3:15-5:15    Archery and Canoeing (1/2 group)
One hour switch
5:15    Dinner
6:30    Evening Activities
Dance in the Activity building

Hands on discovery at Brandon Spring
Hands on discovery at Brandon Spring

Day 3: Programs, Departure, and Travel

8:00    Breakfast
9:00-11:00    Program Rotation IV
11:00-12:00    Pack up, clean dorms & load out
12:00    Lunch
1:00    Leave Brandon Spring
2:00-4:00    Arrive Woodlands Nature Station

Costs for above itinerary

60 People in Group (Assumes 10 chaperons)
Dorms $250 per night each $250 x 4 x 2=  $     2,000
Meals 3/day @ $18 a day $18 x 60 x 2 =  $     2,160
Team-building Course $5 per $5 x 50 =  $       250
Animal Signs $1 x 50 =  $         50
Pond Life Study $1 x 50 =  $         50
Outdoor Survival $1 x 50 =  $         50
Night Hike $1 x 50 =  $         50
Archery $1 x 50 =  $         50
Canoeing $1 x 50 =  $         50
Day use facility fees for educational groups based on one program per person:
Nature Station $3 x 60 =  $       180
Homeplace 1850s Farm $3 x 60 =  $       180
Planetarium $2.50 x 60 =  $       150
Costs for 3-day visit, 2-night
Dorms  $     2,000
Meals  $     2,160
Programming  $       550
Day-use facility visits  $       510
Total  $     5,220
Per person cost  $     87


A great end to a busy day at Brandon Spring!
A great end to a busy day at Brandon Spring!

Editor’s note: Brandon Spring Group Center, located north of Dover, Tennessee on the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, serves the area as a year-round overnight facility for groups. The staff customizes programs to meet individual group needs. Call them to find out more.

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