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Where does the river begin and end? It sounds simple, but this course will explore the unique ecology of aquatic systems in the southern Appalachian mountains, particularly as it relates to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In addition to exploring aquatic ecology first-hand during field trips, you’ll expand your knowledge about aquatic macroinvertebrates, habitats, and conservation issues through classroom discussions.

Cost: $420
Registration includes instruction, food, and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 


This is one of eight core courses in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP).

Already Registered? Check out the welcome letter for required readings, a tentative itinerary, and other essential details for your stay.

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During this prolonged period of pandemic and isolation, our work of connecting people and nature has never felt more essential. We are making safety a top priority for visitors and staff — for the latest details about our COVID-19 response and policies, visit our COVID-19 updates page.


Cover photo by Casper Cox.

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