Officials with the University of North Alabama and the Land Trust of North Alabama have recently signed a learning agreement that provides pathways for collaboration between the two entities.

UNA, Land Trust of North Alabama Sign Learning Agreement

Aug. 08, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Officials from the University of North Alabama and the Land Trust of North Alabama (LTNA), which is based in Huntsville, have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides pathways for collaboration between the two entities. 

“Two pillars of the Land Trust of North Alabama’s mission are the provision of environmental education and stewardship of our great natural places,” said Marie Bostick, LTNA Executive Director. “With the recent donation of Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and its close proximity to UNA, there was a clear opportunity to partner and create hands-on field experiences for students studying subjects such as education, earth science, and recreation management. We are thrilled about this collaboration and look forward to more in the future.” 

As part of the collaboration, UNA and the LTNA will partner on: 

  • Public histories of selected LTNA properties to be used for interpretive programs and materials, as well as cataloging the legacies of the lands that are conserved;
  • Resource development and/or coordination for formal and informal environmental education programming centering on biotic and abiotic elements of local ecosystems.
  • Opportunities for UNA students to develop and deliver presentations on the local environment, specifically LTNA preserves; and
  • Use of LTNA properties, particularly Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, as living laboratories for all possible fields of study. 

“This agreement is unique in that it provides expanded learning opportunities for UNA students across a variety of academic programs to gain experience and insight into their fields, which will better prepare them for their future in the workforce,” said Dr. Katie Kinney, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We look forward to growing this collaboration.”

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: and