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Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Learn how to restore marine habitats

Marine habitats

Marine habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and sponge beds are some of the most threatened on the planet. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Extension agents in the Nature Coast work a lot on marine habitat restoration projects. A few examples include seagrass restoration in Crystal River and artificial reefs in Taylor County. Now, everyone can learn more about and get involved in marine restoration through a new course.

This Marine Habitat Restoration special topics course is offered through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP). Students in FMNP classes develop the knowledge base and observational skills to understand the ecosystems around them.

Marine Habitat Restoration Special Topics Course

We are excited to announce that you can join Savanna Barry and Victor Blanco for a marine habitat restoration course this April and May!

a seagrass meadow

The Marine Habitat Restoration special topics class covers material about Florida’s marine ecosystems. We cover seagrass, coral reef, sponge, and artificial reefs and how they can and should be restored. Students in the spring 2021 class will participate in virtual sessions, a virtual coral reef field trip, and self-guided field sessions. Anyone in Florida is welcome to participate as field trip options are very flexible.

Virtual classroom presentations use 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!

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