June 23, 2019 - June 30, 2019

This is our seventh Mountains to the Gulf (M2G) event. Many past participants have called this the most amazing 8 days of a teacher’s professional life!

Camp McDowell partners with several other organizations in an amazing teacher expedition called Mountains to the Gulf. A group of twenty-five teachers from across Alabama is selected to travel the state of Alabama for a week with some of the Southeast’s top experts on geology, watersheds, herpetology, and ecology. Some of the experts who usually participate are Dr. Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks, Dr. Bill Deutsch, founder of Alabama Water Watch, Trish Smrecek, geologist and paleontologist, Dr. Scot Duncan, author of Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity, and Jimmy Stiles, herpetologist. They guide the teacher group through all ecoregions of the state.

Stops are made along the way at Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, Montgomery, Conecuh National Forest, and Dauphin Island. We gather fossils from roadside cuts and stream beds across the state of Alabama. The final two days are spent at Dauphin Island Sea Lab where we explore salt marsh estuaries and go out on their research vessel to trawl and learn about the living species in our gulf waters. We stay in hotel style lodging along the way and travel in a charter bus.

The primary sponsor for M2G is Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education ( Other partners include Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA), Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Alabama Water Watch and, of course, McDowell Environmental Center.

To register or learn more information go to the Legacy website by clicking here!

The true cost of this expedition is approximately $2000 per person. Thanks to Legacy, the registration fee is only $325.00!! Thank you Legacy!

For more information about any of these, please contact Maggie Johnston at with “Mountains to the Gulf 2019” in the subject line.