Alabama is rich in forests, water, and biodiversity, making the state one of the finest outdoor classrooms for hands-on learning. Coupled with our world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, expansive field sites, and cutting-edge technology, we are a first-rate destination for education and a diverse array of careers in forestry, wildlife, and natural resources.
Celebrating 75 Years
Through innovative curricula, immersive field research, and academic scholarship, our world-class faculty leverage the School’s abundant resources to prepare graduate students for leadership in the fields of forestry, wildlife sciences, and natural resources.
ONLINE GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Our graduate certificates and online degree programs allow working professionals to advance their careers while effectively balancing their distance education with family life and other priorities.
Our Research is Creating a
As an R1 research institution, our work is foundational to the sustainable management principles that guide land use, forestry, wildlife, natural resource, and environmental policy within Alabama, our nation, and throughout the world.
Our “out-of-the-classroom” experiential activities prepare students to apply invaluable hands-on learning experiences to real-world scenarios, giving them the potential to achieve greater success in their education and careers.
Leadership & Career Development
Participate in skills training and other leadership development programs such as the School’s Forest, Environment, and Wildlife Leadership (FEWL) Academy to increase your professional skills and potential for career advancement.
Student Clubs & Organizations
Join a service club, academic society, or student organization such as Student Ambassadors or Society for Natural Resources to develop a civic mindset, learn new skills, and build connections among your peer group and industry.
Drawing from nine research centers, our expert faculty will provide you with many exciting opportunities to gain valuable skills and experience conducting, analyzing, and evaluating research within any number of natural resource-focused topics.
Volunteering to assist with a program, event, or to lead a campus tour is an excellent way for you to gain hands-on learning experience, build your resume with valuable job skills, and engage with your community.
Attending or volunteering at school-sponsored activities will help you create a network of support within the SFWS family that will enable you to enjoy a more enriching college experience and achieve greater academic success.
Whether studying wildlife management in the African savannas or sustainable forestry practices in South America, you can choose from a wide-range of study abroad experiences that will expand your world-view and enhance your academic learning.
Empowering Extension & Outreach
Our mission is to improve the social, economic, and environmental well-being of Alabama’s citizens through the production of science-based information, materials and programs that help foster the sustainable use of our natural resources.
Facilities and Outdoor Classrooms
The SFWS and its partners utilize the School’s state-of-the-art facilities and nearly 6,000 acres of outdoor classrooms to provide natural resource education for youth, students, citizens, and leaders through science-based programs, workshops, and field training.
Forest, Wildlife, and Natural Resources Extension specialists and regional agents are experts in their field. Visit the FWNR Extension blog to learn more about related topics and issues impacting Alabama’s citizens and the management of its natural resources.
Our faculty extension specialists and regional agents conduct workshops, seminars, and programs virtually and in-person throughout the state. Visit the Alabama Extension calendar to discover what’s happening near you.
Intern, Cumberland Island National Seashore
After graduation this spring, Wildlife Ecology and Management student and former scholarship recipient, Lizzie Hancock, is spending the summer working on Cumberland Island National Seashore. As an intern, Lizzie is participating in a sea turtle research project where she is applying the skills she gained in the classroom and as an undergraduate research assistant at SFWS to her hands-on field work on the island. “The most exciting part about working on Cumberland Island would have to be that every single day on the island is different. I have seen adult loggerheads, juvenile greens, as well as dolphins, sharks, and stingrays. It has definitely been an amazing experience so far!”
Chief Ranger, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
“I started [at Auburn] in criminal justice and realized eventually I did not want to be stuck in a city,” said Hendy. “Dr. Bob Crabtree and I had a discussion one day and he recommended I look into the land management agencies. Once I did that, I changed my major to park and recreation management, and I took a lot of forestry classes and have used them much and throughout my career.”