Alabama Naturalist Certificate Program
Samford After Sundown introduces the Alabama Naturalist Certificate Program, the first of its kind offered in Alabama.
The mission of the program is to raise awareness and develop appreciation of the diversity of wildlife and their habitats in Alabama. Participants are trained in the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and teaching, and are instilled with an appreciation of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. The Alabama Naturalist Certificate Program also assists in the development of a core of highly trained, qualified volunteers to assist government agencies, schools and nonprofit organizations with research, outdoor recreation development, and environmental education and preservation. The program is housed in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and is part of the department’s Graduate Program in Environmental Management and the Vulcan Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education.
Coordinator: David M. Frings, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and Director of Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, Samford University
Nine Core Certification Courses
- Alabama Ecosystems
- Fishes/Aquatic Environments
- Flowering Plants
- Geology and Soils
- Insects and Butterflies
- Reptiles and Amphibians
- Trees and Nonflowering Plants
- Completion of the nine basic core classes (63 minimum contact hours)
- Meeting the minimum requirements outline for each core class as set by the program coordinator and the instructor
- Completion of an approved naturalist project in association with an Alabama nonprofit organization that allows the participant to accumulate a minimum of eight volunteer hours
Continuing Education: Alabama Naturalists may keep their certification current by successfully completing a minimum of two elective classes through Samford After Sundown annually. These classes must total a minimum of eight hours credit.
Awards: Participants receive a certificate of completion for each class that is satisfactorily completed in the program and a final certification diploma upon completion of the nine basic core classes and the volunteer project. Participants receive continuing education units (CEU) credits for all courses taken.
Contact Samford After Sundown at 205-726-2739 for more information or to register.