During the year, we offer several of the Florida Master Naturalist Program modules, which prepares participants to share their knowledge with others. FMNP is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided by many Extension offices and participating organizations (like Mote Marine Laboratory) throughout the state of Florida.
Instruction/requirements: Training consists of 40 or 24 contact hours depending on the module. Students need only bring their enthusiasm, meet attendance requirements and complete assigned activities. These courses are a combination of classroom presentations, educational videos, supplemental assignments, field experiences and a final project.
COVID-19 update: All Florida Master Naturalist offerings are 100% online, connecting via Zoom. Students will be provided self directed assignments to complete during their field experiences on their own. All group work and communication must be completed remotely.
Current Course Offerings
- Coastal Systems Module: Begins October 6th, then every Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. until November 25th; view this agenda and register here
- Environmental Interpretation Module: Begins October 9th then every Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. until November 7th
The Florida Master Naturalist Program prepares participants to share their knowledge with others in a positive way that helps others feel a greater connection to the land and sea and to help others develop their own personal environmental ethics.
Information on the ecology of Florida's systems is an integral part of the program, but the goal is not to create experts in botany, herpetology or any other discipline. Instead, the Florida Master Naturalist Program initiates a life-long process of learning, observation and of sharing with others. Students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Florida's natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend upon these systems and of the role humans play in shaping our past, determining our future and as environmental stewards.
Who Should Attend
Students must be 18 or older and interested in learning more about Florida’s environment. Those who benefit include environmental educators, natural resource managers, volunteers, eco-tour guides, teachers and anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of Florida’s natural world. Professionals and teachers have obtained CEUs and in-service credit.
Students may not miss more than one classroom presentation and one field trip. The names of students who successfully complete the Naturalist training will be maintained in a University of Florida/IFAS database and the honor roll of students who have attained Florida Master Naturalist certification are also published on the FMNP website for public view.
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Q. What is the Cancellation Policy for a core module course?
A. Written requests for registration refunds will be honored if notice is received by the FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder, by 10 working days prior to the course start date. Refund requests are reviewed on a case by case basis for approval. A $60 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.
Q. If I cancel my registration, is there another option besides a refund?
A. Yes. You may request a transfer. The amount paid is applied to a future core module course. No additional amount is charged, if the transfer occurs within 12 months. Requests received after 13 months, will have a transfer fee (currently $75) applied. The FMNP Registrar adds an approval note in your current registration record.