Adult Learning Programs

Gain the skills and knowledge to become more engaged environmental stewards.

Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Participants explore local habitats and ecosystems in this 10-session course (40 hours) that combines indoor lectures with outdoor field experiences alongside field experts.

Summer/Fall 2022 Semester


  • Classes are in-person (no virtual options).
  • Classes take place 1-5 p.m., each Friday for 10 weeks from August 19 to October 21, 2022, at Elachee Nature Science Center.
  • Class is limited to 25 participants, ages 16* and older.
    *Minors must be accompanied by an adult also a registered participant in this course.
Course Areas of Discovery

Summer/Fall 2022 Master Naturalist Topics

  • Plant Ecology and Composting
  • Birding
  • Snakes of Georgia
  • Entomology/GaDNR Conservation
  • Trees
  • Geography/Geospatial Analysis
  • Amphibians
  • Field Trip: Gainesville Botanical Gardens
  • Insects and Spiders

The Summer/Fall 2022 Master Naturalist program will be in-person programming only. Due to the hands-on nature of the classes, there will be no online, recorded or virtual options offered for this course. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms or are exposed, please do not attend the class until the appropriate quarantine period is satisfied. For the health of our community and to protect those most vulnerable in our lives, Elachee recommends that all visitors follow CDC guidance with regard to wearing masks.

Overview: Georgia Master Naturalist Program

The Georgia Master Naturalist program, developed and overseen by The University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, is a series of classes focusing on various environmental topics, from basic ecology and hydrology to native plants.

This program is designed for individuals 16 and over. By creating positive and valuable adult learning experiences in a structured, but informal setting, Elachee strives for all participants in the course to learn more about their local environments, how to be better stewards of those environments, and then to share the knowledge gained with their families and communities.

Participants receive valuable opportunities to interact with and ask questions of experts in various fields of Georgia ecology, as well as develop new relationships with peers who share the same interests.

There is no certification test at the end of the program, and no volunteer hours are required. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, which connotes their participation.

Custom Environmental Programs

Invite Elachee to Present to Your Group

  • Businesses (for CE Credits)
  • Church Groups
  • Community / Civic Organizations
  • Garden Clubs
  • Modern Studies Clubs
  • Neighborhood Clubs
  • Special Interest Groups

2022 Science Nights

Elachee Nature Science Center hosts this FREE program series to engage the community in environmental education and discussion.

The Fall/Winter 2022 program series is underwritten by:

  • Presenting Platinum Annual Sponsor Northside Hospital
  • Host public programming sponsor New Urban Forestry



Elachee welcomes regional experts to present on themed environmental topics. UPCOMING ELACHEE SCIENCE NIGHT TOPICS

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VIDEO: Geology and Geochemistry of Chicopee Woods with guest presenters from The University of North Georgia