Coastal Master Naturalist class offered in Walton and Okaloosa counties in Sept.

August 26, 2019

The University of Florida IFAS Extension Office is offering the Coastal Module class for the Florida Master Naturalist program September 6-30, 2019.

Florida Master Naturalist Program students will increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend upon those systems, and of the role of humankind in shaping our past, of determining our future, and as stewards of the land. The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare persons to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land/sea and to help others to develop their own personal environmental ethics. Information on the ecology of Florida’s systems is an integral part of the program, but we do not attempt to create experts in botany, herpetology, or any other discipline. Rather, we hope to initiate what is for many a life-long process of learning, of observation, and of sharing with others.

Coastal Systems Module Overview

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida – Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses society’s role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

The total training consists of 40 contact hours, the scheduling of which will vary among different Instructors. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.

Click here to register.

Registration closes at 10:00 am on September 3, 2019
(Course Code: cs19-15)

Classroom Facilities Information

Walton County Extension Office
732 N. 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

Henderson Beach State Park
17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541

Destin History & Fishing Museum, Inc.
108 Stahlman Ave., Destin, FL 32541 


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Sheila Dunning, Commercial Horticulture Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Walton County
Phone: 850-689-5850 (Work) or 850-598-4884 (Cell)

Associate: Laura Tiu, Sea Grant Agent
Phone: 850-612-6197 (Cell)