The Holy Grail for Nature Lovers

Elachee’s Georgia Master Naturalist Program Series pairs regional experts with adult learners in exploring local habitats and ecosystems to discover what makes north Georgia so unique.

March 22, 2016 (Gainesville, Ga.) – Elachee Nature Science Center kicks off its spring semester Georgia Master Naturalist Program Series on March 31, 2016. In this 11-session course, adult students gain the skills and knowledge to become more engaged environmental stewards through discovery and exploration of local habitats and ecosystems. A staple in Elachee’s Life Long Learning annual public programming line up, this highly-anticipated course has been likened to an intersection of the area’s cultural and natural history. 

Elachee’s Georgia Master Naturalist Program is ideal for both newcomers and long standing residents, introducing each to the biological diversity and natural processes at work making up north Georgia’s unique characteristics. Elachee has tailored the course for the local environment within the framework developed by The University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Regional experts lead the weekly sessions, imparting their passion for nature while touching on topics sure to captivate natural history lovers. 

“A retired petroleum geologist and newcomer to Georgia pulled me aside after graduating from the Georgia Master Naturalist course,” shares Peter Gordon, Elachee’s Education Director. “He told me how profoundly impacted he was by the class, its array of tremendous and informed presenters and the knowledge each imparted about his new home. He felt that he was a different person because of what he had experienced and had a new way of looking at the world around him.”

Enroll online or call 770-535-1976. The caliber and quality of this 11-session specialized environmental programming is being offered at an incredible value of $25 per session thanks to Elachee annual corporate sponsor Murrayville Veterinary Clinic. Weekly sessions are a minimum of four hours each and include a presentation and field study. Pre-registration is required. The course fee is $275 per person. Elachee members receive a $25 program discount. See the Georgia Master Naturalist 2016 Spring Semester PROGRAM SCHEDULE

At its first session on March 31, Elachee welcomes Dr. Leslie Edwards, Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University and coauthor of The Natural Communities of Georgia. Other program series instructors are Jennifer Ceska of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Dr. Evan Lampert of the University of North Georgia, Dr. Nancy Hinkle of the University of Georgia, Garry McGlaun of Northeast Georgia Beekeepers Association, Michael West of the City of Gainesville, Botanist Steven Bowling, the University of Georgia Arboretum’s Bill Lott, Georgia Master Naturalists Rosalie Jenson and Mike Saunders, DNR State Herpetologist John Jensen and Elachee staff specialists Senior Astronomer Robert Webb, Natural Resources Manager Lee Irminger and Peter Gordon.

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program Series is part of Elachee’s Life Long Learning programming for adults. Other seasonal adult environmental education includes Elachee’s Historical Hike Series each week in October, and the monthly Brown Bag Lecture Series Elachee offers November through February. 

Visit to see the full spectrum of the Nature Center’s school, summer day camp and public programs that promote environmental understanding through education and conservation.

About Elachee

Elachee Nature Science Center in north Georgia’s 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a private, independently operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. For more than 35 years, this premier SACS/AdvancEd-accredited nature center has been instrumental in building environmental literacy for Georgians. Elachee serves tens of thousands of visitors annually through STEM-based environmental education classes for PreK-12 schools, Camp Elachee summer day camps, museum exhibits, 12 miles of pristine hiking trails, other quality educational experiencesconservation activities and special programs for the public. The campus is also home to Elachee Nature Preschool, the first and only State-licensed and SACS-accredited nature preschool in the southeast. Elachee relies on earned income and tax-deductible donationsplanned giftsgrants and fundraising events to fund operations. Call 770-535-1976 or visit