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 ... READ MORE
Snakes are common on the campus of the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in the northwestern rural area of the community. Both venomous and nonvenomous snakes can be found on site. This video is appropriate for visitors, volunteers, faculty ... READ MORE
Venomous and nonvenomous snakes are a natural part of the Florida environment. Unfortunately, many people suffer from ophidiophobia - which is a strong anxiety toward all snakes (Schaefer 2019). Having increased knowledge of which snakes are ... READ MORE
One of the important pathogens that cause anthracnose disease on papaya is Colletotrichum gloeosporiodes. Anthracnose disease is a common disease on many tropical and subtropical fruits in Florida such as mango. The management of this disease ... READ MORE
The following article will help you figure out which pesticide license you need, what manuals you need to study, and how to apply for a pesticide license examination.
Which pesticide license do I need?
Please click on the link ... READ MORE
As strong summer thunderstorms start to roll in, which sometimes bring heavy amounts of rain, it is important to remember to keep yard waste from collecting near and going down the storm drains. Collectively, this simple step can be one of ... READ MORE
Once thought extinct, the rare Florida atala butterfly was rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from Florida residents. The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, Heathcote Botanical Gardens ... READ MORE
Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is native to Florida. It is also the official Florida state tree. This beautiful tree can be found growing in landscapes and natural areas throughout the state. Oftentimes, other plants such as ferns and vines ... READ MORE
The St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department (ERD) maintains preserves with scrub habitat that I recommend hiking. Along the way, trekkers might encounter Florida scrub-jays in St. Lucie County preserves. Sheraton Scrub is one preserve ... READ MORE
Peanut Butter Fruit Tree (Bunchosia glandulifera), also known as Monk’s Plum, is a perennial flowering plant native to Central America and South America. Other than ornamental value, the tree produces small orange-red fruits, ... READ MORE