Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP) 2017-12-15T12:55:42+00:00

Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program

Become a better naturalist, communicator, and land steward by learning the ecology and natural history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program provides fundamental and specialty skills in Southern Appalachian ecology and interpretive techniques. This is accomplished via a series of field courses covering subjects such as ecological communities, plant identification, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, stream ecology, the history of nature study, interpretation, and other skills necessary to an educational naturalist.

utkUpon completion of the core courses, you will receive the non-credit Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certificate from University of Tennessee.

Courses are held at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Participants may commute from home or stay onsite, and all meals are provided. All our core SANCP courses are listed as Elective Criteria I Workshops in the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification program (NC-EE).

7 core courses. Choose one or take them all at your own pace.


February 16-18, 2018

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Birds of the Smokies

May 11-13, 2018

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Plants of the Smokies

May 11-13, 2018

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Aquatic Natural History

June 20-22, 2018

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Reptiles and Amphibians

June 22-24, 2018

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Appalachian Ecology

September 21-23, 2018

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November 2-4, 2018

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Jeremiah Folk
Randy Hammer
Alice Kellog
Patricia Mayhugh
Lorie Morris
Kathy Poese
Pam Rodgers
Tara Winterbotham

Shirley Andrews
Libby Gilley
Julie Labhart
Robin Paris
Dedra Scherer
Lois Snow
Marci Spencer
John Terrell
Anita Thomas
Julie Whitted

Doug Burroughs
Debi Campbell
Eleanor Gilchrist
Holly Haworth
Julia Robertson
Don Taylor
Halyse Taylor
Kathy Taylor

David Bryant
Kevin England
Martha J. Montgomery

Karan Barber
Lewis Culpepper
Nannette Enloe
Val Joiner
Ellis Levine
Janet Witt

Lauren Greene
Janet Key
Bob Lash
Patria Leath
Wilfred “Mac” Post
Ron Ramsey
Mia Schmitt
Ann Shirra
Sue Watts

Jennifer Bausman
Cynthia Beal
Linda Berry
Mike Casey
Sue Charles
Liz Coburn
Margie Hunter
Kevin Kennard
Ann Lendley
Lloyd Luketin
Lorna Luketin
Clarence Mayo
Becky Priddy
Joe Strickland
Mickey Sylvester
Melody York

Jan Heinrich
DiAnne Wilson