Georgia Master Naturalist
Camden County Master Naturalist Course Overview
Are you a nature enthusiast? Are you interested in learning more about the habitats and ecosystems right here in Camden County? If so you should consider becoming a Georgia Master Naturalist! The Master Naturalist Program, developed in 2004, is a series of weekly programs that uses hands-on environmental education to explore habitats, ecosystems and human impact. These sessions are customized to the location that they are offered in and can include swamps, ponds, rivers, wetlands, forests, urban landscapes and the issues affecting them.
The Camden County Master Naturalist Program is held during nine Friday's each spring for a total of 54 contact hours. The course involves field trips and hands-on experiences most weeks which requires moderate physical ability and stamina. Course participants learn about the biology and management of a variety of coastal natural resources from various experts and specialists in an array of natural resource fields. At the end of the course, participants that attended at least 8 out of 9 sessions receive a certificate. Due to the demand for this course and the time that our expert colleagues dedicate, we ask that participants only register if they can commit to 8 out of 9 sessions. Our office keeps a waiting list of interested individuals who get registration information sent directly to them each year when it is released (usually around the end of December). If you would like to be put on the waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Master Naturalist Course Details - Registration is Now Open!
Program will meet on nine Fridays from March 3, 2023 thru May 5, 2023 with no class on March 24, 2023.
Classes run from 9 am until 3 pm
Includes 54 hours of instruction, reference materials/handouts and upon graduation, certificate and graduation dinner.
Visit Camden County Extension at - 1409 Georgia Ave in Woodbine or call (912)576-3219 for more information. Our office is open Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm, but we do close for lunch from 12 pm - 1 pm. Please note, we will be closed for winter holidays from 12/23/22 - 1/2/23.
Applicant must register and pay in person in order to secure a spot. Cash or check. Class size is limited to 20 participants. This class requires moderate hiking and physical ability, and smoking is not allowed during the course.
Topics and Activities may include:
- Beach ecology on Jekyll Island
- Morning tour of Marine Extension and an afternoon trawl on their research vessel
- Forestry and wildlife lessons at a wildlife management area
- Other activities include lessons on Environmental Awareness/Human Impact, Hydrology and Soils, Native Plants and Invasive Species, and much more!