Florida Master Naturalist Program

sea turtle Florida Master Naturalist Graduate Spotlight on Holly and Fritz Hanselman (1/17/2022) by Ken Gioeli - The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors. We’re highlighting graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) as part of a series. This blog features my interview with Florida Master Naturalists Holly and Fritz Hanselman, FMN Program… more
Roseate Spoonbill Florida Master Naturalist Environmental Interpretation Course Begins Jan. 31, 2022 (12/20/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The UF/ IFAS Extension St Lucie County is pleased to announce the upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program Environmental Interpretation course. This FMNP course provides 24 hours of educational coursework including presentations, class discussions and on-your-own field activities. It is designed to make participants better environmental interpreters and educators, so that others may learn about Florida’s… more
Celebrating Florida Master Naturalist program in Taylor County (11/23/2021) by Lisa Strange - The 20th Anniversary celebration of UF/IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) marks an exciting milestone in the history of a program that has been copied throughout the nation. The 20th Anniversary Festival is a time to reflect upon what the program has meant to each of us, to join like-minded people, and to contribute in… more
Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill in Florida (9/15/2021) by Ken Gioeli - Roseate Spoonbill in Florida Genus and Species: Platalea ajaja Listing Status from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Federal Status: Not listed FL Status: State-designated Threatened FNAI Ranks: G5/S2 (Globally: Demonstrably Secure/ State: Imperiled) IUCN Status: LC (Least Concern) Roseate spoonbill are a Florida specialty with visiting birders from outside the state seeking them… more
Buckeye Butterfly Florida Master Naturalist Program Graduate Spotlight (9/1/2021) by Ken Gioeli - We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. Our graduates are our greatest success stories. This blog highlights Florida Master Naturalist 20th Anniversary Graduate Successes in St. Lucie County. Our graduates are sharing their stories throughout 2021. You can learn more about the Florida Master… more
Florida Scrub Jay Florida Master Naturalist 20th Anniversary Graduate Spotlight on Eva Ries-St. Lucie County Public Lands Coordinator for Audubon Florida’s JayWatch (9/1/2021) by Ken Gioeli - The Florida Master Naturalist marks an important 20th anniversary in 2021. We’re highlighting successes of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) as part of this celebration. This blog features my interview with Florida Master Naturalist Eva Ries - Associate Instructor and FMN Program graduate. Eva Ries can be reached at avian@onemoregeneration.org. Learn more about FMNP,… more
Roseate Spoonbill Florida Master Naturalist 20th Anniversary Graduate Spotlight on John Nelson-Creator of the Audubon Moment (8/11/2021) 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 Florida Master Naturalist John Nelson - creator of the Audubon Moment in Palm City, FL. John's email address is mtgman4@aol.com. UF/IFAS… more
Oyster Bed 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 Extension offices will be conducting a discovery of the living shoreline at Flagler Park in downtown Stuart… 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 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Florida Master Naturalist Program. Get an… 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 in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Florida Master Naturalist Program. Get an… more
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 habitat restoration projects. A few examples include seagrass restoration in Crystal River and artificial reefs in Taylor… more
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 habitat restoration projects. A few examples include seagrass restoration in Crystal River and artificial reefs in Taylor… more
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 habitat restoration projects. A few examples include seagrass restoration in Crystal River and artificial reefs in Taylor… more
Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico. 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 habitat restoration projects. A few examples include seagrass restoration in Crystal River and artificial reefs in Taylor… 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 in doing so taught him that “all animals have value. All nature has value.” This lesson set… 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 will be presenting on the past, present and future of the Florida Master Naturalist program. The mission… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 that you can join a very special coastal shoreline restoration class this April and May! Students in… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh 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 the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop the knowledge base… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 from 5-15 volunteers per day, these environmental enthusiasts have done a whole lot of good in just… more
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline 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 from 5-15 volunteers per day, these environmental enthusiasts have done a whole lot of good in just… more
Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions! (6/5/2019) by Savanna Barry - We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people providing leadership and implementation of best practices for conservation and management of natural resources in Florida's Nature… more
Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions! (6/5/2019) by Savanna Barry - We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people providing leadership and implementation of best practices for conservation and management of natural resources in Florida's Nature… more
Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions! (6/5/2019) by Savanna Barry - We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people providing leadership and implementation of best practices for conservation and management of natural resources in Florida's Nature… more
Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions! (6/5/2019) by Savanna Barry - We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people providing leadership and implementation of best practices for conservation and management of natural resources in Florida's Nature… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more
a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses (1/19/2018) by Savanna Barry - A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying inland to gather food for their young are common sights. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers… more

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