Wetlands Master Naturalist course offered starting June 17

May 8, 2014

masternaturalistThe Florida Extension Service is offering their Florida Master Naturalist Wetlands module course starting June 17th on Tuesdays. The classes will be held in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

The Wetlands Master Naturalist Course is one of the three core modules of the Florida Master Naturalist Program.  Through this course 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.

This class incorporates instruction through classroom, field trip, and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Wetlands in Florida – marshes, swamps, and permanent wetlands (lakes, rivers, springs, and streams). The program also addresses society’s role in wetlands, 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.

Cost is $225. Register at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/wetlands.htm, look for the Okaloosa/Walton Course link.

Contact Brooke Saari, bsaari@ufl.edu or 850-685-7359 for more information.