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Developing the skills and techniques to effectively share nature with others has never been more important than now. Though society is increasingly disconnected from the natural world, we’ve seen more people than ever head outdoors during the pandemic to seek beauty, adventure, and stability, illustrating the value of nature for mental and physical wellbeing.

In this course, you will hone your ability to develop and facilitate engaging experiences in nature, help others find meaning in their experiences, and tease out relevance when engaging with any subject matter. Whether you are a teacher, park ranger, parent, grandparent, artist, community leader, or mentor, the skills and resources attained through this course will empower you to positively impact your loved ones and community with the benefits of connecting to nature.

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

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This is one of eight core courses in the Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP). If you have previously completed the “Interpretation & Naturalist Skills” or “Interpretation: A Teachable Art” course, you are not required to retake “Skills for Sharing Nature” or “Naturalist Skills” to receive your SANCP certification.

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

Important Information Regarding Programs During COVID-19

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 David Bryant.

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