UGA Extension Office

Athens-Clarke County Master Naturalist Program

The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an adult environmental education course developed by UGA Extension and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for people interested in exploring the habitats, ecosystems and the natural environments of our state. The Program is a combination of lectures and hands-on field studies taught by UGA faculty and field experts.

Held every year from early April through the end of May, classes meet once a week for nine consecutive weeks. Most classes are at Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens, but the course also includes field trips within an hour drive of Athens. Topics include Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Human Impact, Water Issues and many others.

Each year's program is unique and both field trips and topics are subject to change. The 2018 Athens Area Master Naturalist program included trips to Thompson Mill Arboretum in Braselton, GA and Rock and Shoals Granite Outcrop. Georgia Master Naturalist Program graduates are invited to the annual ANREP conference.   

Applications for the next Master Naturalist program will be available in January 2019.  If you would like to receive information regarding the 2019 program, or to be included on a list to receive an application when they become available, please contact Amanda Tedrow by calling (706) 613-3640 or email her at atedrow@uga.edu