Alabama Master Naturalist Program

Alabama Master Naturalist Program


Hello! I am looking for current information on the Alabama Master Naturalist Program. Any current information regarding requirements, upcoming training, contacts in the Wiregrass area would be most appreciated!
Hello there. I'm visiting from New Hampshire but I'll be coming back to Alabama next year. I'm looking to go on a snake hunt in Alabama and I really don't know anything about the snakes in this State. I would LOVE to go on a HUNT to see live snakes such as the rattlers, Water Moccasins and the Copperhead. Is there anyone out here on Facebook that gives a tour through the woods and helps find snakes to view?? I don't want to kill them but I do want to see them up close in their native environment. Can anyone help me achieve my life-long dream of seeing these reptiles in the wild??? My email address is [email protected]. Thank you to everyone that attempts to make my dream come true.
Any info on the next AMN program? Possibility of classes in north/central AL?

The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. It may take up to a year to become a fully certified Alabama Master Naturalist. A participant starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course that is offered through Extension and partner organizations. Once the basic training is completed, 40 hours of volunteer service are required to beome a certified Alabama Master Naturalist. Once these requirements are completed, participants must also complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced certification training per year and 30 hours of volunteer service per year to retain their AMN Certification.

Mission: The Alabama Master Naturalist Program’s purpose is to educate adult Alabama citizens who are interested in learning more about Alabama’s vast natural diversity through science-based information and research. In addition, the AMN program also encourages these adults to become volunteers to their communities in the areas of providing education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

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Discovering Alabama

Check this out and learn more about cranes in Alabama.

Tomorrow Discovering Alabama will premiere it's newest episode Whooping Cranes on Alabama Public Television at 8 PM. In the mean time take a look at this sneak peak clip from the show featuring Whooping Crane advocate and The University of Alabama alum Bob Baumhower! #Alabama #WhoopingCranes #EndangeredSpecies #nature #science #Conservation #education

Get your feeders ready to greet the hummers back to Alabama.

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GBBC | Great Backyard Bird Count If you enjoy birding, you may want to join the Great Backyard Bird Count that is taking place Feb. 16-19. Go this this website to sign up. Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.Count birds anytime, anywhere, with eBird »

Alabama's Forever Wild Program

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Conservation Southeast

The 2015 Blitz Crew, left to right: Mark Bailey, Conservation Southeast; Travis McDonald, Bankhead NF; Chantz Birch, Conecuh NF; Art Henderson, Mike Caylor, Leigh Agan, and Chrystal Tindell, Talladega NF; Eric Spadgenske, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Not pictured: Jonathan Stober and Lee Pentecost, Talladega NF.

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[04/29/14]   Our next program for Coastal Alabama is titled, Alabama's Coastal Waters. This program will be held on May 8 at the Daupin Island Sea Lab from 9 am until around 4 pm. If interested, let me know.

Plants of the Wetland and Bog

The following photos were taken while we were in the bog area. Some of the coolest plants are found here since there are several carnivorous plants in this area.

The following photos were taken while we were in the bog area. Some of the coolest plants are found here since there are several carnivorous plants in this area.

Alabama's Coastal Wetlands at Weeks Bay

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Total lunar eclipse coming up this month

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Share this with a young person that you think may be interested. � � 2013 summer interns, Caroline Rowan, Ian Hazelhoff and Reid Pearlman Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of internship opportunities to college and high school students throughout the year.

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Audubon Mountain Workshop Scholarships

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Trek Birmingham | Places to GO and things to LEARN about Natural Birmingham

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Looks like it will be a great webinar tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central.

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Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System -

Alabama Master Naturalist program announces upcoming program and schedule for Coastal Alabama. First session is scheduled for February 25, 2014 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The title for this one is Alabama's Cultural Landscape. We Will be posting the registraion form and schedule on the AMN website at The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.

Moving Out! The many weather sites we check multiple times each day, are unanimous this morning. Winds are the surface are calm, or barely there and from the north. Aloft they are 15-20 knots and also from a northerly direction, which will provide some push in the right direction. Tune in later to learn where w...

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System -

The location for the next AMN session titled Alabama's Geology and Soils is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Ireland Room. It is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 from 9 am until 4 pm. The cost is $35 and lunch is included. A link to the registration flyer should be availalble at early next week. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.

[08/07/13]   I wanted to let everyone know that I have a date for our last AMN session in the Birmingham Area. This program is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 and the topic is Alabama's Geology and Soils. I have Dr. Jim Lacefield scheduled for the morning. We are still trying to lock down a meeting locations, but I thought everyone may want to mark their calendars. I will try and send out a flyer on Thursday containing additional information.

[05/14/13]   Next meeting is Wednesday, May 22nd which will be a joint session with the Montgomery and Birmingham groups in Montevallo. The topic will be Alabama's Wetlands and we will be visiting Ebenezer Swamp as a part of this program

Registration information may be accessed at or you may contact me by email at [email protected]

Registration information can be accessed at

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