Florida Master Naturalist Program Online – Coastal Shoreline Restoration
We are excited to announce that the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is offering online courses. The first offering, Coastal Shoreline Restoration (CSR), is scheduled for April 28 through May 12 and is open for registration (https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/CR20-06Live%20ONLINE%20via%20Zoom.html). This will be a hybrid-online course, with the in-person, field component to be conducted at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) in Cedar Key under a flexible schedule when conditions permit. The field component will include hands-on experience working with the NCBS on different elements of shoreline restoration being conducted in the area. These include activities such as building or deploying components used in oyster reef restoration and growing, deploying or mapping mangroves and saltmarsh vegetation. A detailed agenda is available on the FMNP course registration page. The CSR course will be taught by Dr. Savanna Barry, UF/IFAS Regional Specialized Sea Grant Extension Agent specializing in Coastal Ecosystems. Savanna is a veteran FMNP instructor and superb educator, so don’t miss this opportunity. Additional FMNP online courses are being planned and will soon be posted on the Course Registration website (https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/courses.html), so please check the site frequently for new postings. And if you have an online FMNP course you’d like to see offered, you can express your interests by contacting FMNP instructors in your area. Contact information for FMNP instructors can be found on the FMNP Course Locations webpage (https://masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/participating_organizations/). Are you receiving the quarterly FMNP Newsletter? You can learn more about the FMNP listserv and sign up/remove yourself from the listserv at any time on the FMNP website (https://masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/listserv/).