Elachee Kicks off Georgia Master Naturalist Program Series

NOTE: This fee-based series is a semester course that requires pre-registration to participate in the 11-session program. Call 770-535-1976 with questions about late registration. Program cost is $275. Elachee members receive a $25 discount.


Article by Gainesville Times Staff, originally published April 1, 2016

What do an astronomer, a naturalist, a botanist, a beekeeper and Master Gardener have in common? All have volunteered to participate in the spring semester of the Georgia Master Naturalist Program series at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville.

In the 11-session course, adults gain the skills and knowledge to become more engaged environmental stewards through discovery and exploration of local habitats and ecosystems, according to a news release from Elachee. The course, which started Thursday, is a staple in Elachee’s Life Long Learning annual public programming lineup.

Each course includes a presentation and field study. It lasts a minimum of four hours almost every Thursday until June 2. The exception is the Saturday, May 14, class. READ FULL ARTICLE

Highlights of Session 1: March 31, 2016

The Elachee life long learning program series kicked off March 31 with a session conducted by Dr. Leslie Edwards, Professor Emeritus of Georgia State University and Co-Author of The Natural Communities of GeorgiaHer presentation centered around an introduction to the ecology and communities of the natural piedmont.

During the field study portion of this session, while hiking through the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve Dr. Edwards enthusiastically told her adult students, "There is such a wonderful diversity of native wildflowers here instead of the usual non-native invasive ones like privet, honeysuckle and illieagnis."

"Yesterday's class was really great," shared class partipant Ben Clark. "So glad that we were able to go outside and see so many beautiful plants and trees and birds. It was a great way to start. Leslie and all the other Elachee staff members were great also. Everyone benefits from the shared info."