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 most years 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 field trips and topics are subject to change. Previous Athens Area Master Naturalist programs 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.   

We are currently accepting applications for the Master Naturalist course for 2023! The course will begin in April of 2023 and will be held on Fridays.

If you would like further information about the Master Naturalist program see the Master Naturalist Brochure here or please email Laura Ney, Agriculture and Natural Resouces Agent at