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.
Upon 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).
Martha J. Montgomery
Wilfred “Mac” Post