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FL Master Naturalist Coastal Course
10/26/2012 - 11/16/2012
Location: Calusa Heritage Trail and Field

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this 6-day module will provide instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida, specifically Coastal Upland, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine environments. Further, the class will address naturalist interpretation skills, environmental ethics, and the role of humankind in shaping our past and determining our future.
Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations. Field learning will include a wading trip in the Pine Island Sound estuary, a salt marsh meander at the Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, a visit with a local commercial fishing operation, and seashore explorations at Ft. Myers Beach and Lover’s Key State Park.
Classes begin on Friday, October 26 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and continue on October 31 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), November 2 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), November 7 (8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.), November 9 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), and November 16 (9 a.m. – noon). Field trip details will be provided during the first class.
The cost for the course is $225, which includes all field trips, 40 contact hours of instruction, a comprehensive student reference workbook, and, upon completion, registration in the UF FMNP database as a Coastal Naturalist. A UF-IFAS certificate of achievement, embroidered FMNP patch, and FMNP Coastal lapel pin also will be provided at completion. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects.
Register on-line at www.MasterNaturalist.org, “Course Offerings.” Additional information about the program and other modules are also available on the website. Please call Cindy Bear, our FMNP Coastal Module instructor, at 239-283-6168 if you have additional questions.


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