Florida Master Naturalist program starts July 7

June 14, 2010

UFextension Florida Master Naturalist program 
starting July 7Freshwater Wetlands Module offered

Florida’s landscape is much more diverse than most people realize.  There is a surprisingly great variety of ecosystems, each containing a tremendous number of plant and animal species that interact in webs of life that few understand.  The UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program provides an opportunity for individuals to 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.

Beginning July 7, 2010, the Okaloosa County Extension Office will be offering the Freshwater Wetlands Module.  Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of wetlands in Florida.  The total training consists of 40 contact hours.  The cost to students is $225.  See www.MasterNaturalist.org for course schedules and registration.  For more information, contact Brooke Saari (bsaari@ufl.edu) or Sheila Dunning (sdunning@ufl.edu) at 850-689-5850.