Master Naturalist Certification Class

continue your lifelong learning by becoming a master naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist 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.


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

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

>>  Basic Birding techniques and Birds of Prey

>>  Insects

>>  Tree ID & Forest Lore

>> Native Wildflowers and Pollinators

>> Snakes of Georgia

>> Amphibians of Georgia

Second Wednesday of the month
September 13, 2023 – May 8, 2024 | 9AM – 4PM

Registration Opens July 1

Program includes

The Natural Communities of Georgia

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

Master Naturalist Certificate

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

Session handouts provided by the speakers

Hand Lens and Lanyard

Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattahoochee River

Snacks, coffee, and tea will be available (Please bring your own beverage container and lunch)

Program prices

Pre-registration is required

$575 non-members

$525 members

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.