Master Naturalist Coastal Shoreline Restoration Course Begins March 17, 2022


The UF/ IFAS St Lucie, Martin and Escambia County Extension offices are collaborating on the upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Coastal Shoreline Restoration course. This FMNP course is a 24-hour educational program designed to provide training in the restoration of living shorelines, oyster reefs, mangroves, and marshes, with a focus on ecology, benefits, methods, and monitoring techniques. People that complete this course will be better prepared to promote and assist with restoration projects. Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, students will not be meeting in-person. Course details are posted online. This course will be conducted 100% virtually with self-directed field trips.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive Coastal Shoreline Restoration certification, complete with certificate, patch and pin from the University of Florida. The registration fee includes course materials, hands-on experience, and registration in an online database that can be used for verification purposes such as might be required for obtaining CEUs, in-service credits, or resume checks.

Florida Master Naturalist Instructors
Ken Gioeli, Lead Instructor, Extension Agent IV/Natural Resources & Environment, St. Lucie County
Dr. Vincent Encomio, Associate Instructor, Extension Agent II/ Sea Grant, Martin & St. Lucie Counties
Carey Stevenson, Associate Instructor, Extension Agent III/Coastal Sustainability, Escambia County

When: March 17 – April 8, 2022
Registration: Registration is now open at
Cost: $165 Attendee Fee – Includes electronic file (PDF) of manual
$190 Attendee Fee with Color Manual – Includes the PDF and a printed bound copy

Location: 100% Online with Self-directed Field Trips.
Information: Email course instructors for information Ken Gioeli Dr. Vincent Encomio

Extension programs are open to all people without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, sex, age, disability, religion, or national origin.



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Posted: January 5, 2022

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, NATURAL RESOURCES, Water
Tags: Coastal Shoreline Restoration, Living Shorelines, Marine, Master Naturalist, Masternaturalist

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