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 fifth 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 parks have Naturalists on staff to share information about the state’s rich natural history. Their programs vary by park and include outreach to local schools, nature programs in the parks, summer camps, and much more. Please use the contact info and links below to learn more about the interpretive programs in these parks. You can also check out the Alabama State Park Events Calendar for upcoming programs.


For those that wish to use the Alabama State Parks as field laboratories to conduct research please use this research form for approval.   


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 brand new Cheaha State Park Interpretive Center featuring nature exhibits and live animals.Learn about field trip opportunities to Cheaha State Park, or email the Park Naturalist, Mandy Pearson for more information about other interpretive programs in the park.


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. 

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 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 Park Naturalist, Sam Woodruff 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.  


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.muncher@dcnr.alabama.gov