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One of 7 core courses in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program.

Discover the secret lives of reptile and amphibian species in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. We will focus on their specific adaptations and distributions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Emphasis will be given to general natural history of each species, including but not limited to; distribution, associations, reproduction, status, conservation, research methods, etc.  Fieldwork will include surveys of populations of reptiles and amphibians using traditions methods such as cover boards, leaf liter bags, etc.

Goal: To give the student an overview of the variety, distribution, management, and natural history of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Cost: $349. Includes instruction, food and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Cost for National Park Service employees: $139. Please call 865-448-6709 for discount code. Enter discount code when you register online below.

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Please note: Online registration forms also serve as your health and wavier form which includes medical information. Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the online form and have your information ready. All fields must be completed.

If you wish to register by mail, please complete registration pdf and waiver form. Mail both forms and your check to:

Tremont Institute
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend, TN 37882

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After attending this program, when you bring your school group you will qualify to come free and your students will get a reduced rate on a three day or longer experience.
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