Loving the Florida Master Naturalist Program in Manatee County

Joining the Master Naturalist Training Program in Florida is a wonderful experience for Florida residents and visitors too.  The program introduces many facets of Florida ecology, fauna (our wonderful wildlife and some invasive species too), and flora (native and non-native plant species.) Trainees learn why animals and plants are found in specific habitats and why the habitats are unique in Florida.  We teach three main habitat categories: coastal, uplands, & freshwater.

Each module challenges the trainees with the creation of educational product that can be utilized by extension offices for outreach with their communities. In Manatee County Extension’s Freshwater module this month, a trainee, Danielle, tells us why she loves the training.  Watch a 2.5 minute video on Florida’s soft-shelled turtles and the love of the Master Naturalist Program. https://www.facebook.com/BirdlandMediaWorks/videos/1381480891904566/