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Master Naturalist

canoe.jpgMaster Naturalist Certification Class

The next class will be starting in September 2014
Once a month from September 2014 to May 2015, Second Wednesday of the month, beginning September 10, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day at the Nature Center and other fieldtrip sites…

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.

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
  • Water Quality Issues in the Chattahoochee River Watershed
  • Ecoregions of Georgia (The Natural Community of Georgia)
  • Nature Digital Photography
  • Plants and Lichens
  • Tree ID & Forest Lore
  • Mammals & Bats of Georgia
  • Snakes of Georgia and Amphibian Monitoring Study
  • Minerals, Rocks and overall Geology of the State of Georgia
  • Basic Birding techniques…
  • Birds of Prey
  • Forestry Ecology & Wildflowers (at Thompson Mills Forest Arboretum, Braselton, Georgia)
  • Insects

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. After completing this fun and interactive program, the Georgia Master Naturalist graduates are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering in local schools or nature centers.

Past participant comments about the program –

It was a great mix of topics, outside class time balanced with classroom sessions. Field trips were great!

I loved the program. It was really fun to have speakers who were so enthused about their topics. All speakers, info presented was great!

Thank you for providing reference materials which have allowed me to help other people.

This program was – simply stated – excellent – so much that I’d consider doing it again and would certainly highly recommend it!

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!

I loved the breadth of the program and the thought that went into creating a curriculum that is a useful introduction to a broad range of topics. The speakers were all very good to wonderful.

I particularly value the emphasis on our state and region. I have been too long away from other parts of the state and this course was a great wake-up call.

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!  

I signed up for the course to raise my awareness of the Georgia beyond strip malls and shopping centers. It is a beautiful state with rich natural resources, but I needed help to see it through more educated eyes.

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.

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

Program Fee*
$495 non-members/$445 members (Pre-registration is required)

To become a member, please visit http://chattnaturecenter.org/home/membership/join-renew/

*includes the following –

  1. Hand Lens and Lanyard
  2. 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
  3. The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell
    • Winner of 2013 Best Book Award from the National Academies
    • Finalist for 2013 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction
    • Runner-up for 2013 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
    • Winner of the 2013 Reed Environmental Writing Award
    • Winner of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature
  1. Session handouts provided by the speakers…
  2. Guided Canoe Trip on the Chattahoochee River
  3. Master Naturalist Certificate, Shirt, and Nametag (Georgia Master Naturalist certified program (sponsored by The University of Georgia’s) at the last class…

For more information on this certification program please contact Tom Howick, Director of Education & Master Naturalist Coordinator, at t.howick@chattnaturecenter.org or 770-992-2055 x235

Please click here for our Cancellation and Refund Policy