Learn about Birmingham Audubon’s family friendly Mountain Workshop

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Birmingham Audubon opened registration this week for their 42nd Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop .

This year’s workshop is scheduled to be held  May 10-13 at Camp Alpine in Mentone, Alabama.

The prestigious family friendly event is one of the Southeast’s largest and oldest dedicated to the natural history of the southern Appalachians

Audubon Mountain Workshop 2014

“This event is one of the last, if not the last, of its kind in the U.S.,” stated Andy Coleman, Birmingham Audubon’s Program and Science Director.

“It brings together experts from a range of topics,  natural history, cultural history, and art and allows them to share their knowledge with camp attendees.  And it all takes place in the beautiful setting of the Appalachian foothills of Alabama where courses will explore Desoto State Park and Little River Canyon.”

All classes are held either on the campus of Mentone’s historic Alpine Camp or in one of several natural areas located around Mentone and nearby Fort Payne. Students and faculty stay in the rustic cabins or lodges at Alpine Camp or at nearby DeSoto State Park, both nestled within a mountain landscape of open vistas and clear-running streams.

Family oriented – Young Naturalists Program

Not just for adults, the Mountain Workshop also has a Young Naturalists Program for children between the age of 5 to 12 years old.  Entire families for years have participated together at the Mountain Workshop discovering Alabama’s natural wonders and cultural history.

Many participants, especially families, describe the Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop as a life-changing event.

Birmingham Audubon has enlisted the finest naturalists in the Southeast as instructors.  Check out the extraordinary range of programs available – HERE.

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Register now – save money

2018 early-bird pricing for the Mountain Workshop is a bargain when you factor in tuition, food and housing for the three day event. Here are fees:

Non-members (tuition, food, and housing): $315
Birmingham Audubon members (tuition, food, and housing): $290

Checkout the entire price sheet – HERE.

Birmingham Audubon does offer scholarships.

Don’t miss the 2018 Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop.  Make it an annual family tradition.


Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.