Uplands Master Naturalist class offered Sept. 19 – Nov. 14, 2011

August 24, 2011

Learn about Florida's natural habitat at the Uplands Master Naturalist Class. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Classes to be held in Okaloosa and Walton counties

Become a master naturalist! The University of Florida Extension Office is offering their Uplands module Sept. 19 – Nov. 14 on Mondays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The courses will be held at the Extension Service offices in Okaloosa and Walton counties. For more information or to sign up go to www.masternaturalist.org. Registration closes Sept. 12.

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 and to help others to develop their own personal land ethic. 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.

Upland Habitats 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 Upland Habitats 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 scheduling of which will vary among different Instructors. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. There is no comprehensive examination required. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.