Become a certified Georgia Master Naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental education program of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The program consists of a series of weekly field trips with specific environmental topics. The field trips combine lectures and hands-on learning that serve to connect people with local habitats and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Travel to different locations and hear from field experts.

Phinizy Center hosted its first Georgia Master Naturalist course in Spring 2013 with a full class of 25 participants. From exploring Heggie’s Rock Preserve while learning about geology and succession, to studying longleaf pine habitats and forestry practices at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, to kayaking down the Augusta Canal, it was a highly successful 10 weeks which was immensely enjoyed by all.

Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Spring 2018

Participation is limited to 24, so register early! The registration deadline is February 23, 2018.


Join Phinizy Center staff and invited field trip leaders as we offer a Georgia Master Naturalist certification program through a 10-week series. There is an introductory kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 7th from 4 to 7 pm at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Field trips get started the next day, March 8th. The field trips include a lunch break and begin between 8 and 9 am. and run until 3 or 4 pm. The final session is on May 17th from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be no class on April 5th. Participants are required to complete 48 hrs to become certified. Field trips include an introduction to local habitats such as swamps, lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, urban landscapes and the issues affecting them. Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering with local schools and environmental education centers.

Registration fees include all field trip fees, GA Master Naturalist registration fees, journaling supplies, boat & lunch on May 3 and other related materials.


March 7
Program Introduction
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 8
Wetlands & Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 15
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

March 22
Botanical Hike & Dam Tour
Steven’s Creek & Thurmond Lake

March 29
Geology & Lichens
TNC’s Heggie’s Rock

April 12
Silver Bluff Audobon Sanctuary

April 19
Field Ornithology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

April 26
Stream Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

May 3
Urban Waterways
Augusta Canal

May 10
Urban Water Cycle
Augusta’s Hicks & Messerly Plants

May 17
Program Wrap Up & Certificates
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park