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Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Module Course
4/25/2014 - 5/16/2014
Location: Calusa Heritage Trail

Do you know how to distinguish one mollusk shell from another and how archaeologists can use information about mollusks to learn about environments of the past? Have you been hoping to learn more about South Florida’s coastal birds? Do you know what lives in a mud flat or what mangroves, oysters, and tunicates do for you? If any of these topics sounds appealing, you may be interested in completing the Florida Master Naturalist Program’s (FMNP) Coastal Systems course being offered at the Randell Research Center’s Calusa Heritage Trail beginning Friday, April 25, 2014.

This adult education course, designed by the University of Florida IFAS/Extension, provides instruction on the ecology, habitats, and conservation issues of coastal Florida. It also teaches naturalist interpretive skills, environmental ethics, and the role of people in shaping our past and determining our future. Classroom learning with hands on activities is enhanced by field trips. Classes will meet on April 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, and 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $225, which includes all field trips, over 40 contact hours of instruction, a student workbook, and—upon completion—registration in the FMNP database as a Coastal Naturalist. A certificate of achievement, embroidered FMNP patch, and FMNP coastal lapel pin are also provided. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. To register visit the website at: http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/. For more information visit the website or call instructor Cindy Bear at 239-283-6168.


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