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One of 8 core courses in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program.

Learn about the ecology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, particularly as it relates to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through discussions and field trips. Topics will include geological history, plant community distribution, how aspect, elevation, and moisture gradients affect distribution, and an overview of plant communities with a focus on the major forest types. Field trips will include visits to examples of many of these forest types.

Goal: To provide students with a basic knowledge of plant communities and the factors that affect their distribution.

Cost: $367. Cost 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.



Welcome Letter

Tentative Schedule

Your Visit to Tremont

Forests of the Smokies by Amber Parker

Photo by David Bryant