Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop


Dr. R. Scot Duncan (center) leads a bird walk at the 2014 Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop. Photo: Bob Farley.

43rd Annual Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop
9–12 May 2019
Alpine Camp, Mentone, Alabama

Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop, one of the nation’s largest and most-storied events dedicated to the natural history of the Southeast, is returning to Mentone for its forty-third year. We hope you’ll consider joining us in May 2019 as we celebrate another great year of classes exploring the ecology, wildlife, and culture of beautiful northeastern Alabama.

Together with our world-class faculty, you’ll enjoy a broad overview of the region’s natural and cultural history, with classes on forest ecology, stream biology, beginning and advanced bird identification, insect collection, geology, cultural history, and much more. 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 rustic shared cabins at Alpine Camp or in cabins, lodges, or chalets at nearby DeSoto State Park—both nestled within a mountainous landscape of beautiful hills and streams.

While you’re at it, consider making the Workshop a family tradition with our young-naturalist program, an outdoor-education experience for children ages five to twelve. All young-naturalist activities are taught and supervised by our adult faculty, with assistance from an invited Guest Director and the Birmingham Audubon Outreach & Communications Director. Generations of young people have now enjoyed this program’s hands-on activities and extensive science- and nature-based opportunities. For more information on this program and how you and your child can participate, please email us.

Details about this year’s schedule are now available—click here to read about our 2019 classes and to learn more about our faculty.

We also offer a limited number of scholarship opportunities for educators; find out more on the BAMW scholarship page.

Rates for 2019:

Non-member all-inclusive (tuition, meals, and basic housing for three nights): $315
Member all-inclusive: $290
Young naturalist all-inclusive: $295
Non-member tuition only*: $120
Member tuition only*: $95
Young naturalist tuition only*: $100

*Tuition is the base price for attending classes at the workshop. Participants may add camp-based meals and/or accommodations on an “à la carte” basis, or may choose to make their own arrangements for food and housing. More details are available on the registration page. 

Interested in applying for financial aid? Send us an email by April 1st explaining your situation and how you could benefit from a reduced rate. Limited funds are available to help make the Mountain Workshop more accessible for more nature lovers. 

We hope to see you “up on the mountain” this spring.

Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you soon!