You will find plenty of things to learn about and explore in Alabama State Parks! The interpretive programs in the parks seek to extend knowledge of the state's natural environment to our many partners. From the lower Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf coast, Alabama is home to the fourth largest number of plant and animal species in the United States. The geologic variety, widespread water resources, and suitable climate of the state all play a part in this biodiversity, and we encourage you to experience it firsthand in Alabama State Parks.
Many state parks have Naturalists, also known as Educational Interpreters, in the park to share information about Alabama's natural history and cultural heritage. Their programs vary by park and include experiential hands-on field trips, unique educational programs in the parks, summer camps, outreach programs, and much more.
For more information about K-12 Field Trips and other Educational Opportunities in all 21 Alabama State Parks, contact Renee Simmons Raney, Parks Educational Coordinator.
You can also check out the Alabama State Park Events Calendar for upcoming programs.
Cathedral Caverns State Park
Make plans to go on a Cathedral Caverns cave tour where you can hear tales of Mystery River slowly carving at the heart of Gunter Mountain and creating formation rooms like no where else in the Earth. Contact the Park Office at (256) 728-8193 for cave tour and field trip questions.
Cheaha State Park
Make plans to visit the historic CCC Interpretive Center at Lake Cheaha, the CCC Museum, the Walt Farr Native American Relic Museum, or the highest point in Alabama at the CCC Bunker Tower. Learn more about field trips and educational opportunities at Cheaha State Park by contacting Park Naturalist, Kathryn Gray with questions.
Chewacla State Park
Make an appointment to visit the Chewacla Nature Center where you can learn about the park’s history, native flora and fauna, and the geological formations that shaped the area. You can also email the Park Naturalist, Olivia Sciandra with questions.
DeSoto State Park
Make plans to visit the DeSoto State Park Benefield Interpretive Center featuring nature exhibits and live animals. You can also email the Park Naturalist, Brittney Hughes with questions.
Gulf State Park
Be sure to see the Nature Center at Gulf State Park on your next visit, and plan to go on a guided nature walk. Learn more about the Nature Center and its events, or email the District Park Naturalist, Kelly Reetz with questions about nature programs.
Joe Wheeler State Park
A great park to visit to learn more about river ecosystems. Make your plans to check out the hiking trails that traverse along the Tennessee River. Email Renee Simmons Raney, Parks Educational Coordinator to learn more about the park and to ask about educational programs.
Lake Guntersville State Park
A variety of topography makes up the natural habitat. From the top of Taylor Mountain to the shores of Lake Guntersville wildlife abounds. Email Park Naturalist, Indya Guthrie to learn more about the educational programs.
Meaher State Park
This park is situated in the wetlands of north Mobile Bay, and will appeal to every fisherman. Visit the scenic boardwalks that give you an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Email Park Naturalist, Chloe Drexel to learn more about the educational programs that are offered.
Oak Mountain State Park
Many options for fieldtrips and educational programs are available at Oak Mountain State Park! Also, make plans to visit the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and Wildlife Center while you are in the park. Contact the Park Naturalist, Lauren Muncher for more information at Lauren.email@example.com.