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: Coastal Systems
  • This is a hybrid course. We will meet every Monday via Zoom, 12pm–4:00pm ET, January 10–March 7, 2022
  • In-person field experiences will be 9:00am-12:00pm on 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 at various Sarasota coastal locations
  • Registration here: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/cs22-02hybrid.html
  • COVID: We request all individuals taking FMNP courses that meet in person for classes and/or field trips be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. For additional information about protecting yourself against COVID-19, please refer to guidance from the US Center for Disease control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance.html. We encourage those individuals at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (e.g., underlying medical conditions) not participate in a course with any in-person activities and instead register for one of the fully online FMNP courses being offered.


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.

Attendance Requirements 

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.

FMNP Instructors

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

 Cancellation Policy

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.

Cf., http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/info.html