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two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline

Coastal Shoreline Restoration from the couch

Going virtual

In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats – or, at least, we were until COVID-19 threw a wrench in our plans. But we press on! We are excited to announce that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in the spring 2020 class will actively participate in real restoration projects in Cedar Key over the summer/fall, but we’ll get the classroom portion handled from our living rooms.

The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers students a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base and observational skills to understand the ecosystems around them. Florida’s Nature Coast offers a diverse array of freshwater, estuarine, and upland habitats for students to explore.

Coastal Shoreline Restoration Special Topics Course

An intertidal oyster reef and marsh habitatThe Coastal Shoreline Restoration special topics class covers material about Florida’s coastal shoreline ecosystems and how they can and should be restored. Each course includes three field trips and in-depth information about oysters, mangroves, and salt marshes.

To maximize field time and maintain safe distancing, classroom presentations are offered virtually using the free and easy-to-use Zoom software. That way, students can listen and participate in the comfort of their own homes. Register today to reserve your spot!

Register here: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/CR20-06zoom.html 

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