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Florida Master Naturalist Program

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
Nature Knowledge Webinar – May 20: Climate Change, Summer Weather, & Hurricanes (4/22/2021) by Shelly Johnson - Nature Knowledge is a speaker series sharing scientific knowledge on current issues affecting nature in Florida, supported by UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension and hosted by Dr. Shelly Johnson, State Specialized Extension Agent in Natural Resources. Below you will... 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
Looking to Become an Ambassador, Guardian of Florida’s Coastline? Florida Master Naturalist Course Ready to Take New Members (12/19/2019) by Lourdes Mederos - SAINT LUCIE, Fla. – If you live on the coast of Florida, you know its appeal. Florida has the second longest coastline in the United States. It boasts 8,436 miles on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of... Read More
Give the gift of nature, with a Master Naturalist class (12/16/2019) by kclements - For the outdoor adventurer, naturalist, environmental enthusiast, or educator, a Florida Master Naturalist class is the gift that keeps on giving. Each class, whether taken in Sarasota County or any location throughout Florida, is a one-of-a-kind experience of... Read More