Learn about the FloridMaster Naturalist Program with a paddle April 2 and a seminar April 3
Want to learn more about the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP)? Join the NW Panhandle Friends Chapter of the Florida Master Naturalist Program and UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant & Extension for 2 upcoming events on April 2 and 3.
The NW Panhandle Friends Chapter consists of graduates from one or more of the FMNP modules. The Friends group was formed in 2017 to create continued learning, camaraderie and outdoor adventures. The group is planning 2 upcoming events to raise funds for the Florida Master Naturalist Foundation.
On April 2, 2019 an afternoon paddle (weather permitting) to Cypress Springs on Holmes Creek in Vernon. The group will meet at Culpepper Landing near Vernon, FL at 12:30 pm with launch time at 1:00 sharp. Cypress is a beautiful magnitude 2 spring. Cost for this trip is $35.00 per person (plus registration fee). Space is limited, so register today. If water levels are prohibitive in Holmes Creek, we will host an alternative kayak (weather permitting) at Rocky Bayou State Park at the same time and cost. You may bring your own kayak (just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org), but the cost is the same and you still need to register. Registrees will be notified of location prior to day of event. All registrations will be refunded if we cancel due to weather.
The second event will take place on April 3, 2019 at 10 am at the NW Fl. State College in Niceville, FL or the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office (TBD). This is your chance to hear Dr. Marty Main, founder and creator of the Fl. Master Naturalist Program. Marty created the Florida Master Naturalist Program, a conservation education and natural history program for adults which is provided by many UF/IFAS extension offices and partner organizations throughout the state. The program issues about 1,000 certificates of completion annually and has been replicated in many other states across the country. Since 1996, he has been a professor in UF’s department of wildlife ecology and conservation. He has conducted an active research program on the behavioral ecology of Florida wildlife such as deer, panthers and wading birds from the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. He is considered an expert on coyotes in Florida. Dr. Main is now is the associate Dean of Extension for Florida Sea Grant and Natural Resources for the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Main will be speaking on successes and challenges of the Florida Master Naturalist Program. Cost for this presentation is $5.00 (plus registration fee), seating is limited. Registrees will be notified of location prior to event. NWFSC students and staff can register for a free ticket and present ID at the registration desk.
** Final locations and directions will be sent to all registrants once determined.