Coastal Master Naturalist Class for Walton/Bay Counties Mar. 14 – May 9

February 1, 2013

masternaturalistRewarding course teaches students about our natural world

Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

Walton, Bay and Okaloosa Extension, the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state are offering a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) module. This program is designed as an environmental education extension program to inform and prepare individuals to share information about Florida’s natural world and environmental history. Anyone who has an enthusiastic interest in learning more about Florida’s environment is encouraged to participate. Classes are appropriate for both novice and highly skilled environmental professionals.

The coastal system program module includes classroom instruction, field trips and practical interpretive experience related to the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of coastal systems in Florida.  Field trips will include:  the NOAA Fisheries Lab, coastal dune lakes, and seining in a local state park.

Classroom sessions will be held in Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City Beach.  Class will run on Thursdays, March 14 – May 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost of the program is $225.00, which includes 40 contact hours of instruction, a comprehensive student reference workbook and upon completion, registration in the UF FMNP database as a Coastal Systems Naturalist. A UF-IFAS certificate of achievement, embroidered FMNP patch, and FMNP Coastal lapel pin also will be provided at completion of the course.

To register visit: http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/and click on current course offerings, coastal systems courses, Walton/Bay/Okaloosa.  Registration will close March 8, 2013.

For more information or a draft class schedule, contact Brooke Saari, bsaari@ufl.edu, via email or by phone at 850-689-5850.