Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course starts Feb. 15

January 18, 2018

The UF/IFAS Okaloosa and Walton Counties Extension is pleased to announce the upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Uplands Habitats Module. The Florida Master Naturalist Program is an adult education University of Florida/IFAS Extension program. Training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Upland Systems in Florida – Hardwood Forests, Pinelands, Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands and Urban Green Spaces. The program also addresses society’s role in uplands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

The total training consists of 40 contact hours. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. There is no comprehensive examination required.

At the end of the course, student will receive their Certification of Course Completion and be included in the online FMNP Graduate Database. Students also will receive FMNP embroidered patch and course-specific lapel pin. The FMNP course manual (covering course-specific ecological systems, habitats, plant and animal life, naturalist interpretation, outreach planning, and additional resources and sources of information) becomes the property of the student.

This course will be offered weekly on Thursdays, February 15 through March 22, 2018. Registration is currently open and closes at 10:00am EST on February 8, 2018. Register here (http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/us18-06.html) and use Course Code: us18-06. The fee for the course is $230 – $275 depending on your preferred manual format. The classes will be held at the following locations.

UF/IFAS Extension Walton County is located at 732 N 9th St, DeFuniak Springs, FL, 32433

UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County is located at 3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL 32539

Please contact the instructors if you have any questions.

Lead: Sheila Dunning, UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County, Commercial Horticulture Agent, sdunning@ufl.edu, 850-689-5850, www.okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu

Associate: Laura Tiu, Florida Sea Grant Marine Science Extension Agent Okaloosa & Walton Counties, lgtiu@ufl.edu, 850-612-6197