The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students of all ages and backgrounds to become leaders in the sustainable management, utilization, and stewardship of natural resources. Explore Our Degrees
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Out of the Classroom


Our students have many opportunities to engage in the world around them. From local experiences to studying abroad, within the lab or in the field, our graduates are well equipped to succeed in life and their careers. Learn About Student Programs
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Our research is advancing sustainable solutions to many of the grand challenges facing our society and the environment. Learn About Our Research

& Outreach

Our extension faculty and outreach staff share the latest science-based information available to help Alabamians of all ages learn about and make decisions regarding the management of natural resources. Learn About Our Programs


Our alumni are working and making an impact around the globe. We enjoy hearing their stories and seeing how they are making a change. Join us for an upcoming alumni event! See Our Alumni Information
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Student Spotlight


Through their philanthropic support, our alumni and friends are enabling our students to achieve greater academic and professional success. Learn more about our student scholarship and fellowship recipients and the impact they are having within the world. See Our Student Spotlight
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September 20, 2022 in CFWE News, Faculty News, Featured Stories, Student News

Summer practicum a keystone of forestry, wildlife student education

ACADEMIC SPOTLIGHT Prior to each home football game, Auburn University is recognizing on the field some of Auburn's extraordinary offerings in experiential learning.A few hours from the oak trees and…
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Our Research is Creating a
Sustainable Future
for Society

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.

faculty members, research professionals and graduate students actively engaged in research within their diverse areas of study
affiliated research centers and cooperatives
millions of dollars of grant funding towards research

Real-world Learning

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Student Events

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.

Study Abroad

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 CFWE and its partners utilize the College’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.

Extension News

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.

Extension Calendar

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.

Student Spotlight

Lizzie Hancock
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 CFWE 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!”

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Alumni Spotlight

Lisa Hendy
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.”