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Florida Master Naturalist Program

Learning more about Florida's natural environment is now possible through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP), a new environment education extension program being offered in partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state. The FMNP both informs and prepares persons to share information about Florida's natural world and environment history.

Target Audiences include volunteers and staff members of nature centers, preserves, sanctuaries, and other environmental education facilities. Ecotourism operators and guides, teachers seeking opportunities for environmental education contact hours and anyone who has an enthusiastic interest in learning more about Florida's environment is encouraged to participate.

Training in Florida's uplands, wetlands and saltwater coastal systems, will be available at the Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine Science Center. Completion of the three 40-hour programs results in registration in the UF-IFAS Master Naturalist Program database as a FMNP Coastal Systems Naturalist.

Although the FMNP is not a degree-seeking program, it is appropriate for both the novice and the highly skilled environmental professional. For further information, or to register for the available class, call the Ostego Bay Foundation at (239) 765-8101.

Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. - A member supported organization
718 Fisherman's Wharf - Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 - 239-765-8101