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Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Master Naturalists Celebrate 20th Anniversary with Permitted Sea Turtle Night Hike (7/15/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The Florida Master Naturalist Program’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue in St. Lucie County with a permitted sea turtle night walk.  This event took place on July 13, 2021 and was hosted by Ecological Associates Inc of Jensen Beach. ... Read More
Florida Master Naturalists Can Discover Nature Journaling – August 13, 2021 (7/2/2021) by Ken Gioeli - Join us for a discovery of oyster bed and mangrove restoration, living shorelines. The UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021.  As part of this celebration, the UF/IFAS St Lucie County and Martin County... Read More
Florida Wildflower Foundation director on her Master Naturalist background (6/28/2021) by martinmain - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. This month, we’ve interviewed an exceptional Florida Master Naturalist, Lisa Roberts. A... Read More
The Florida Master Naturalist Program in St. Lucie County (6/2/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The Florida Master Naturalist Program is offered through UF/IFAS Extension in conjunction with collaborating agencies.  In St. Lucie County, lead instructors contribute to this program from the UF/IFAS Extension and St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department.  Associate and... Read More
From Class to Community Action (5/28/2021) by Taylor Paynter - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Taylor Paynter, Ray Bodrey and Scott Jackson Florida Master Naturalist Program... Read More
Audubon of Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies (5/25/2021) by Ken Gioeli - Congratulations to the Audubon of Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their property.  This commitment is made possible by through participation in a program initiated by the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in... Read More
Gopher Apple is Blooming in Treasure Coast Preserves (May-June 2021) (5/20/2021) by Ken Gioeli - Gopher apple (Licani michauxii) is a native plant found in scrubby areas on the Florida Treasure Coast.  This diminutive shrubby plant is easily overlooked by passersby.  Its typically ankle-high and l not very showy.  However, it is an important... Read More
New Florida Master Naturalist Environmental Interpretation Course Graduates – May 20, 2021 (5/19/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County congratulates the newest graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program in St Lucie County. On Thursday, May 20, 2021, nineteen students successfully completed the Florida Master Natural Program (FMNP) Environmental Interpretation Course... Read More
Florida Master Naturalist Graduates Are Blogging and Vlogging (5/14/2021) by Ken Gioeli - As the Florida Master Naturalist Program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, we are taking a look at successes. Of course, our graduates are our greatest successes.  At last count, we estimated well over 600 students graduated through... Read More
New course on “Firescaping” begins June 9th; REGISTER now (5/6/2021) by Shelly Johnson - This new FIRESCAPING course will help you prepare your community for wildfires! Every year hundreds to thousands of wildfires occur across Florida and the southeastern US, threatening both residents and their homes. Fortunately, there are actions residents can... Read More
Amazing AmeriCorps (4/29/2021) by Laura Tiu - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here.   Click the image to download and enjoy the May desktop calendar... Read More
Florida Master Naturalist 20th Anniversary Graduate Spotlight on Bill Gibson, Ecotourism Operator (3/22/2021) by Ken Gioeli - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. Learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. This blog features my interview with Bill Gibson, Florida Master Naturalist... Read More
Superheroes of the Natural World (3/5/2021) by Justina Dacey - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor If there were superheroes of the... Read More
Superheroes of the Natural World (3/5/2021) by Justina Dacey - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor If there were superheroes of the... Read More
Learn how to restore marine habitats (3/2/2021) by Savanna Barry - 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... Read More
Friends Groups offer continued learning for Florida Master Naturalists (2/15/2021) by Holly Abeels - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Holly Abeels & Katherine Clements Are you a... Read More
Friends Groups offer continued learning for Florida Master Naturalists (2/15/2021) by Holly Abeels - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Holly Abeels & Katherine Clements Are you a... Read More
2021 Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course Graduates (2/8/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County congratulates the newest graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program in St Lucie County. On Friday February 5, 2021, nineteen students successfully completed the Florida Master Natural Program (FMNP) Coastal Shoreline Restoration... Read More
Florida Master Naturalist Program Celebrates 20 Years (1/20/2021) by martinmain - “For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum These words, spoken in 1968 before the General Assembly... Read More
Top five eco-friendly resolutions for 2021 just for Southeast Florida (12/17/2020) by Lourdes Mederos - SOUTHEAST FL. – [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]What will your resolution be for 2021?  If you live in Southeast Florida, there are plenty of eco-friendly opportunities to explore.[/inlinetweet] In 2020, we learned to transform our backyards and balconies into edible gardens year-round. We adapted to work-at-home solutions. Educators became students of online learning to build engaging... Read More
A Demonstration Living Shoreline for Northeast Florida (7/30/2020) by Justina Dacey - As Florida braces for more storms and hurricanes battering our coasts, “living shorelines” are a term you might begin to hear more. They are a method utilized to protect and stabilize shorelines from erosion using natural materials such... Read More
Summer Gardening – Tips for Beating the Heat (7/22/2020) by Pat Williams - Ask Master Gardener Volunteer JoAnn Green   Whew!  It was a hot July, and the start of August looks like it will be about the same.  I am not long in the garden during the height of summer;... Read More
Inspiring a Florida Conservation Ethic (6/4/2020) by IFAS Advancement - Leaving a Legacy: Marty Main’s Gift to FMNP   As a child, Dr. Marty Main wanted to keep an Eastern Tiger Salamander he found on his grandfather’s Wisconsin dairy farm. His grandfather made Marty return the salamander and... Read More
Free Webinar: W.I.S.E Florida Master Naturalist Program- Past, Present and Future (5/21/2020) by acentola - What: Free Webinar- Wildlife & Invasive Species Education: Florida Master Naturalist Program- Past, Present, and Future When: May 22 at 1:00 pm Presented by: Dr. Marty Main and coordinated by Jim Davis Webinar Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/92369361489 Dr. Marty Main... Read More
New Online FMNP Courses Available (4/24/2020) by martinmain - If you are interested in taking Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) courses, you still can – FMNP courses are being offered online. Unless otherwise noted, the online courses will still include field trips and/or in-person activities, but these... Read More
Florida Master Naturalist Program Online – Coastal Shoreline Restoration (4/15/2020) by martinmain - We are excited to announce that the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is offering online courses. The first offering, Coastal Shoreline Restoration (CSR), is scheduled for April 28 through May 12 and is open for registration (https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/CR20-06Live%20ONLINE%20via%20Zoom.html). This... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration from the couch (4/10/2020) by Savanna Barry - 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... Read More
Florida Master Naturalist Program 2020 Course Updates (3/25/2020) by martinmain - In response to concerns associated with the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), all Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) courses have been canceled through May 15, 2020. At present, courses scheduled to begin after May 15 are... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (3/1/2020) by Savanna Barry - This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but... Read More
Spring 2020 Living Shoreline Volunteer Days (2/26/2020) by Savanna Barry - By Natalie Stephens Cedar Key locals, “snow birds”, Gainesville students, and travelers from all over are coming together to volunteer with the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station for their Spring 2020 living shoreline volunteer events! With groups ranging... Read More