Master Naturalist Certification Class

continue your lifelong learning by becoming a master naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist certified program, sponsored by The University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is a hands-on environmental education program that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on these environments.

This program is a combination of lectures and outside hands-on learning through field studies on the property of the Nature Center and some offsite field experiences. Relevant resource materials are given. This program can also provide SDUís for teachers and others. An informed person can help make changes in their lives as well as their community and safeguard the environment. After completing this fun and interactive program, the Georgia Master Naturalist graduates are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering or working in local schools, scout programs or nature centers.

Supplies: Bring your own lunch, water bottle and coffee mug. Snacks, coffee and tea will be provided.


The monthly sessions may explore the following areas total of over 50 hours

>>  Nature Journaling

>>  Introduction to Ecology

>>  Watershed & Canoe study of the Natural History on the Chattahoochee River

>>  Wetland Ecology

>>  Eco regions of Georgia (The Natural Communities of Georgia)

>>  Lichens

>>  Mushrooms/Fungi


>>  Mammals of Georgia

>>  Snakes of Georgia and Amphibian Monitoring Study

>>  Minerals, Rocks and overall Geology of the State of Georgia

>>  Basic Birding techniquesÖBirds of Prey

>>  Forestry Ecology & Wildflowers (at Thompson Mills Forest Arboretum, Braselton, Georgia)

>>  Insects

>>  Tree ID & Forest Lore

Second Wednesday of the month
September 11, 2019 – May 2020, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

2019 Registration is Full

Sign Up Below for the 2020 lottery.

Program includes

The Natural Communities of Georgia

by Leslie Edwards, Jonathan Ambrose, and L. Katherine KirkmanPhotographs by Hugh and Carol Nourse A landmark reference to the ecological diversity of the state

Master Naturalist Certificate

Polo Shirt, and Hat, Water Bottle or Nametag at the last class. (Georgia Master Naturalist certified program sponsored by The University of Georgia)

Session handouts provided by the speakers

Hand Lens and Lanyard

Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattahoochee River

Program prices

$575 non-members

$525 members (Pre-registration is required)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

If a class is cancelled for any reason you will receive a full refund. If you wish to cancel your reservation, please contact our office at least six business days prior to your scheduled program. $20 of your registration fee will be retained by CNC. You will receive confirmation when we receive your cancellation. If you do not receive confirmation within one business day, we have not received your cancellation. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 6 business days prior to your scheduled program.  Refunds will be paid by check, please allow 4-6 weeks.

questions about the master naturalist program?
contact us using the form below or call Tom Howick, Director of Education, & Master Naturalist Coordinator at 770-992-2055 x235.


  • perfect for beginners

    This program included a very interesting mix of topics which gave a beginner like me a broad look at Georgia from a Naturalist’s perspective.

  • Terrific classes

    All of the classes were terrific and the speakers excellent.  I especially like the order of the topics. They seemed to build on each other and fall in the right seasons. I still have lots of reading to finish.

  • great variety of speakers

    I thought the program was awesome.  I loved all the different speakers and exposure to different aspects of nature.

  • better understanding of my place in the ecosystem

    The Master Naturalist program has given me a broader sense of my place in our ecosystem as well as the myriad ways we impact and are impacted by the natural world around us. I in no way feel that I have mastered any of the material but I do feel much better prepared to direct friends, family and interested parties to the organizations and people who can help address local issues and needs. I also feel more plugged in, more aware of the resources available to further my learning, address local environmental needs/concerns/issues. It has really whetted my appetite for more!

  • inspiring classes and instructors

    I enjoyed learning from the excellent instructors who are experts in their respective fields.   The class has really inspired me to increase my knowledge of nature and the great outdoors!

  • Passionate speakers

    Regardless of subject, the speakers all had one thing in common, a passion for what they study.

  • enhanced my interest in environmentalism

    I took the program to enhance my basic understanding of Biology, Botany, Geology, Ornithology and Entomology. These areas are all of interest to me and the program was very valuable to enhancing my understanding. As a result I am more interested in environmentalism, ecology and naturalism. I intend to pursue more knowledge in these areas and hope to provide volunteer work at the Chattahoochee Nature Center or other venues.

  • engaging hands-on approach

    Thank you for opening up your personal and professional rolodex to enhance my insight into nature.  I have always loved being in nature and this course was inspiring and engaging!  The presenters gave a great overview of their subjects, along with a wonderful balance of informative detailed information and myth busters.  I personally enjoyed the “hands-on approach” of being out in nature.  Again, a well-balanced format of classroom discussion and then visual application.

  • enjoyable canoe trip

    The canoe trip was a very enjoyable outing, as well as a good opportunity to use some of our learning from all the classes leading up to that day.