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.

  • Next FMNP at Mote Marine Laboratory: Freshwater Systems
  • This is a hybrid course. Meetings will mostly be online via Zoom, Mondays, 12:00–4:00 pm, 7/11–9/5. There will be one in-person meeting at Mote 8/8 and field trips to Celery Fields (8/29) and Red Bug Slough (9/3).
  • Registration and agenda details are posted here: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/fs22-08hybrid.html

FMNP Instructors

Jason Robertshaw
(941) 388-4441, ext. 250


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.

Covid-19 safety precautions
In light of the latest CDC updates and guidance from UF health experts, we no longer require masks during in-person FMNP activities but welcome masks for those who wish to wear them and voice support for those who do.

Live Online Meeting
Indicates when you are required to be online (Zoom) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities.  Attendance will be taken by the instructor. To participate, you must have:

  • Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
  • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
  • Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
  • Web camera (most laptops have this included)
  • A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

On Your Own
Describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations.

In-Person Field Trips
Locations and times subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. See the registration page for additional requirements.

Attendance Policy

  • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 8 hours or less missed must be made up by completing an assignment of equal time and content. Approval of the Instructor is required.
  • If total hours missed exceeds 8 hours, certification is not possible regardless of material made up.
  • All absences should be discussed with the instructor in advance. In case of emergencies, please notify Instructor as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy

Visit the FMNP website for the lastest cancellation information and addtional details.