Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Overview

The Georgia Master Naturalist program is a series of weekly programs with specific environmental topics. This program is a hands-on environmental education that explores habitats and ecosystems in Georgia and human impacts on those environments. The sessions are customized to local habitats such as swamps, ponds, rivers, wetlands, mountains, forests, farms, urban landscapes and the issues affecting them. This program is a combination of lectures and outside hands-on learning through field studies and relevant resources. The program subject matter can be adjusted to meet the needs of participants and local expertise. This program can also provide SDU’s 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, Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering in local schools or nature centers.

Purpose

The Georgia Master Naturalist program is an Adult Environmental Education course developed by the UGA Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources for people who wish to be more informed about habitats, natural resources and the natural environments of our state.

Mission

The mission of the Georgia Master Naturalist program is to provide unbiased, scientifically accurate information about environmental issues for adults.

Areas of Discovery

Topics may include:
Geology
Hydrology
Ecological Principles
Water Quality
Native Plants
Forestry
Wildlife
Birding
Agriculture
Urban Forestry
Environmental Awareness

Contact

Your local Cooperative Extension Service County Agent

Dr. Mike Mengak, Warnell School
mmengak@uga.edu

Or download our brochure (pdf)

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