UGA Extension Office

Natural Resources Conservation

Master Naturalist

This Georgia Master Naturalist program is sponsored by UGA Cooperative Extension and Warnell School of Forestry. You will have some lectures and a lot of outside, hands-on learning. In 2012 the first Coastal Master Naturalist program was offered cooperatively by Bryan Chatham, Glynn and Liberty County extension offices with special emphasis on issues in coastal Georgia.

It exposes participants to many of Georgia’s most treasured natural resources, introduces them to the people and agencies who manage those resources, and examines how all of these affect and interact with us, the citizens of the Georgia Low country, on a daily basis. The program is very much a field course, whose participants meet at a different site each week to explore the site’s natural environment, its past and present effects upon the development of our state, and its implications for our region’s future. We present Georgia’s natural inventory in the same order that Oglethorpe and the colonists encountered these, beginning at the ocean and examining not only its bounties and burdens, but their historic and contemporary impacts.

We next move inland to examine the marshes and estuaries, then move farther up into blackwater swamps and Georgia’s “old” beaches, which extend to and include Waycross and Metter. At each site we consider the geology, hydrology, vegetation, soils, wildlife, past use and future challenges.

The program generally is offered every other year. For more information, contact the Glynn County Extension Office at uge3127@uga.edu or (912) 554-7577.

Useful Links

Georgia Master Naturalist program
Wildlife Resources Division of Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR) 
Coastal Resources Division of GA DNR or on Facebook 
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources 
Environmental Protection Division of GA DNR