Living fossils, online!
It’s clear that people love horseshoe crabs all over the state! The Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch citizen science program is strong and growing rapidly statewide. Unfortunately, we had to cancel or postpone many training workshops this spring due to precautions related to COVID-19. But now, we are happy to announce that there is a virtual option available!
In just a few short hours, would-be volunteers can cover material normally covered in the classroom portion of a typical training workshop. The virtual volunteer training includes interactive activities, videos, and quizzes to keep learners engaged. The online training is followed by a period in the field where new volunteers are supervised by experienced ones.
Hands-on, in-person workshops are still the preferred method of training. But the new virtual training expands opportunities for more people to access Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch during the era of social distancing and beyond.
How to register
The training is free and open now for registration. All you need is a stable internet connection and an email address. Head over to the UF/IFAS Extension online leaning catalog page to sign up. You can complete the course in small chunks of 20 to 30 minutes at a time or all at once. If you have ever been interested in joining your local Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch program, there is no time like the present! Sign up now for the Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch virtual volunteer training!