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Join us to become one of Georgia’s First Detectors, and to help fight the spread of invasive species in our beautiful state.


The primary goal of the Georgia First Detector Program is to establish a network of well-trained and dedicated volunteers, also known as “First Detectors” that will:

  • Assist in the ongoing collection of invasive species detections in the state
  • Identify new infestations to help Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) programs to slow and control invasive species before they become unmanageable

We will have professional speakers from the University of Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Forestry Commission, and others. These speakers will discuss topics related to the identification, management, reporting and tracking of invasive insects, plants, wildlife and diseases as well as other programs in place to combat the spread of invasive species in Georgia.

Program Detail

When: Wednesday, October 11th, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: Andrews Visitor and Education Center at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA 31419

Registration is FREE, and space is limited. Program Details & Registration

For the completion of this training, attendees can receive advanced training/continuing education credits:

  • Master Gardeners receive Advanced Training Credits
  • Foresters can receive SAF approved Continuing Education Credits
  • Georgia Arborists can receive GAA Continuing Education Credit hours
  • Georgia Licensed Pesticide Applicators can receive Pesticide Credit hours

Program Contact:

Triston Hansford: Triston.hansford@uga.edu

If you could not attend this training, but would like to be notified when the next one is planned, please email Triston.Hansford@uga.edu to be placed on the notification list.