New Florida Master Naturalist Environmental Interpretation Course Graduates – May 20, 2021

Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary
2021 is the Master Naturalist 20th Year Anniversary

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 visits to environmental sites throughout Florida. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the course was conducted 100% via Zoom with self-directed field trips.  Students were asked to journal about their experiences in this course.  Some students created virtual journals which can be found linked on the site below.

This 24-hr FMNP Environmental Interpretation Course is designed to make participants better environmental interpreters and educators, so that others may learn about Florida’s natural history and conservation issues. This course covered concepts such as the fundamentals of interpretation, key elements of an effective interpretive program, how to create themes, sub-messages and transitions, group management, addressing diverse audience needs, developing interpretive displays and practicing interpretive techniques.

In 2021, the Florida Master Naturalist Program celebrates its 20th anniversary.  The FMNP Environmental Interpretation course is one of four 24-hr land steward courses offered by the UF/IFAS.  It is a collaborative effort of the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County and other partner agencies.  In total, students must successfully complete three core courses and four restoration courses to become certified as Advanced Florida Master Naturalists.  Details of future course offerings are online at  Extension programs are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

Florida Master Naturalist Program Instructors
Course Lead FMNP Instructor: Ken Gioeli, UF/St Lucie Co Extension Agent

Graduating Class: Debbie Baker Robinson, Karen Blyler, Emilie Buckley,Dan Carpenter, Kathleen Crum, Wendy de la Garza, Danny Enriquez, Diane Evans, Karen Ferguson, Taylor Masnjak, T Alexandra Mott, Catherine Patterson, Mary Lou Ruderman, Mina Shehee, Julio Silva, Natalie Swaim, Taina Torres, Kelsey Wilkerson, Brynn Wolcott

For additional information, please e-mail Ken Gioeli, UF/IFAS St Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Agent, at

The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties, UF/IFAS Extension works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents.


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Posted: May 19, 2021

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