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Florida Master Naturalist Program

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  • Oakland Nature Preserve

    747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL (map)

    28.556139 -81.629538

  • Florida Master Naturalist Program students will increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend upon those systems, and of the role of humankind in shaping our past, of determining our future, and as stewards of the land. The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare persons to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land and to help others to develop their own personal land ethic. 

    Freshwater Systems Module Overview

    Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Systems in Florida - Marshes, Swamps, and Permanent Wetlands (Lakes, Rivers, Springs, and Streams). The program also addresses society's role in wetlands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

    The total training consists of 40 contact hours, the scheduling of which will vary among different Instructors. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. There is no comprehensive examination required. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.

    What is the cost and what will Florida Master Naturalist Program students receive?The cost per Module is $275.View 

    course schedules and registration

    At the end of the course, student will receive their Certification of Course Completion and be included in the online FMNP Graduate Database.Upon course completion, student also will receive FMNP embroidered patch and course-specific lapel pin.FMNP course manual (covering course-specific ecological systems, habitats, plant and animal life, naturalist interpretation, outreach planning, and additional resources and sources of information) becomes the property of the student.

    January 20 - February 24, 2017
    Registration closes at 10:00am on January 13, 2016
    (Course Code: fs17-04)
    Classroom Facility Information

    Oakland Nature Preserve
    747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760
    Mailing Address: PO Box 841, Oakland, FL 34786

    Click here for Map/Directions to the facility.

    Instructor Information

    Lead: Jacqueline Y. Rolly 
    Guest: Patti Smith
    Organization: Oakland Nature Preserve

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