Registration Open for 2024 Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Course

The UF/ IFAS Extension St Lucie County is pleased to announce the upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Conservation Science course. This FMNP course provides 24 hours of educational coursework in a hybrid format including presentations, in-person, and on-your-own field activities. Presentations will be conducted via Zoom. This course is designed to educate people in the concepts, language, and science related to conservation needs, planning, and action. People that complete this course will better understand the complexities of conservation, which will make them both better educators and participants in local conservation efforts. This course will cover concepts such as species diversity, measuring biodiversity, the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity, types of ecosystem services, ecological processes, habitat fragmentation, effects of human activities on ecosystems, the history of conservation in North America, and strategies for conservation planning.

Conservation Science is divided into three sections: Biological Diversity, Ecosystems Integrity, and Conservation Strategies. The lead Florida Master Naturalist Instructor is Ken Gioeli, Extension Agent IV/Natural Resources & Environment. Associate instructor is Andrea Lazzari with the UF/IFAS Extension Indian River County.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science certification, complete with certificate, patch, and pin from the University of Florida.  The registration fees include detailed pdf course manuals, 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. Hard copies of the manual are available for an additional fee. Extension programs are open to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.

What: Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Course

When: January 19, 2024 – February 19, 2024


Cost:   $250 Attendee Fee – Includes electronic file (PDF) of manual; $295 Attendee Fee with Color Manual – Includes the PDF and a printed bound copy

Location: Hybrid format will include Zoom with field trips.

Information:  Ken Gioeli at; Andrea Lazzari 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.  |  @UF_IFAS  An Equal Opportunity Institution



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Posted: December 8, 2023

Event Details

Start:  19-Jan-2024 at 9:00 am
End:  19-Feb-2024 at 9:00 am

Event Series Details:  Not available
Event Link:  More information and registration
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