UGA Extension Office

Athens-Clarke County Master Naturalist Program

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental Georgia Master Naturalist logo of the outline of Georgia with a hummingbird drinking from a flowereducation 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 2024 Master Naturalist course! The course will begin in April of 2024 and will be held on Fridays.

Please download, print and fill out the 2024 Master Naturalist Registration Form and include with payment: cash check or card. Please either mail registration form and payment to ACC Extension Office, 275 Cleveland RD, Bogart GA 30622 or visit our office to pay.

If you would like further information about the Master Naturalist program see or email Laura Ney, ANR Extension Agent, at