Florida Master Naturalist Program

My Internship Shadowing Experience: Nighttime Sea Turtle Walk (6/9/2022) by Ken Gioeli - My Background My name is Sean MacWilliam and I was born and raised in coastal SE Florida. I am currently a senior at the University of Florida studying Forest Resources and Conservation with a specialization in Protected Areas Management. I was informed in November of 2021 that I have received a slot for the University… more
FMNP Coastal Systems-a hybrid experience (5/17/2022) by Ana Zangroniz - By Ana Zangroniz & Laura Tiu Earlier this month, my esteemed colleague Laura Tiu (Walton County Florida Sea Grant Agent), and I concluded our first hybrid Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) course. We taught Coastal Systems following on the heels of a successful fully virtual Freshwater Systems course that we offered last summer. During 2021,… more
Thanking the volunteers of UF/IFAS Extension (4/18/2022) by Kirsten Romaguera - In every Florida county, community members turn to their local UF/IFAS Extension office for year-round assistance in gardening, youth programming, home management and other needs. But behind many of these program areas are robust networks of volunteers who offer their time and expertise as Master Gardeners, 4-H leaders, Master Money Mentors and Master Naturalists. Volunteers… more
Oyster Bed Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course Graduation April 8, 2022 (4/8/2022) by Ken Gioeli - The UF/IFAS Extension offices in St. Lucie, Martin and Escambia Counties congratulates the newest graduates of the Florida Master Naturalist Program Coastal Shoreline Restoration course on April 8, 2022. On Friday April 8, 2022, eighteen students successfully completed the Florida Master Natural Program (FMNP) Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course and were recognized for their achievements. This… more
a group of students stand on the end of a dock on a lake Florida Youth Naturalist Program launches statewide (2/22/2022) by Tory Moore - A new program is available for young nature enthusiasts interested in learning more about Florida’s environment. Inspired by the Florida Master Naturalist program, this youth program takes kids aged 10 to 13 on a journey through Florida’s ecosystems. The Florida Youth Naturalist Program Instructor Field Guide, developed by UF/IFAS Extension, Florida 4-H and the Florida… more
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
sea turtle 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.  Its always a thrill to see sea turtles nesting in-person.  Sea turtle permit MTP21-10.  No flash photography… 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
Roseate Spoonbill 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 assistant instructors come from a variety of organizations each one contributing unique perspectives on Florida's natural resources. … more
Atala Butterfly 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 conjunction with collaborating agencies and is designed to promote the conservation of rare atala butterflies in Florida.… more
Gropher tortoise photo by Ken Gioeli 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 food source for our protected gopher tortoise populations.  It blossoms May - June and will eventually produce… more
Gropher tortoise photo by Ken Gioeli 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 and were recognized for their achievements.  Prior to recognition, each student completed a journal describing three site… more
Florida Master Naturalist Graduates Are Blogging and Vlogging (5/14/2021) by Ken Gioeli - As the Florida Master Naturalist Program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, we are took a look at our program successes. Of course, our graduates are our greatest successes.  At last count, we estimated well over 600 students graduated through our program in St. Lucie County.  We have been offering a steady stream of courses… 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
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 and co-owner of Motorized Kayak Adventures in Fort Pierce, FL. Bill's email address is motorizedkayak@gmail.com.  UF/IFAS Extension… more
Coastal bird sitting in tree 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 natural world, it would be Florida Master Naturalists. Instead of colorful superhero outfits, they… more
Coastal bird sitting in tree 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 natural world, it would be Florida Master Naturalists. Instead of colorful superhero outfits, they… 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
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
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 graduate of a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) course? If so, you’re eligible to join a local… 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 graduate of a Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) course? If so, you’re eligible to join a local… more
Coastal Shoreline Restoration 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 Course and were recognized for their achievements. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the course was conducted 100% via… more
spring Florida Master Naturalist Program Celebrates 20 Years (1/20/2021) by Samantha Murray - "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 of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), are simple but inspiring.… more
image - Biscayne Bay waterway in Miami 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… more
Summer Gardening 2nd story July 2020 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; I just cannot take the heat and humidity even in the shade! This month I will write… 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
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 are scheduled with tentative dates in the future consistent with COVID-19 safety guidelines. A detailed agenda, including… 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 will be a hybrid-online course, with the in-person, field component to be conducted at the UF/IFAS Nature… 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
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
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 still scheduled to be held and are still accepting registrations (https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/courses.html), but we've asked FMNP Instructors not… 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

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