Florida Master Naturalist Program: Coastal Systems

This 6-day module provides instruction through classroom, field trip, and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida – Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and the various Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses society’s role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

This course is offered twice a year in fall and spring. Please check back for our Fall 2020 dates which will be released later this year.

Registration Fees

$275 Attendee Fee with Color Manual
$230 Attendee Fee with USB Drive
$210 Partner Attendee Fee

For more information, visit Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Master Naturalist Program: Special Topics

In addition to the Coastal Systems module, MDC offers a selection of FMNP’s Special Topic Courses throughout the year.
Dates and registration info for each topic will be posted here when available.

Coastal Shoreline Restoration
Upcoming Dates: May 21-29, 2020
This course provides training in the restoration of living shorelines, oyster reefs, mangroves, and marsh, with focus on ecology, benefits, methods, and monitoring techniques. People that complete this course will be better prepared to promote and assist with restoration projects. Find out more info about the class and register at the FMNP Website.

Environmental Interpretation

This course is designed to make participants better environmental interpreters and educators so that others may learn about Florida’s natural history and conservation issues.  It will cover concepts such as the fundamentals of interpretation, key elements of an effective interpretive program, how to create themes, sub-messages and transitions, group management, addressing diverse audience needs, developing interpretive displays and practicing interpretive techniques.

Wildlife Monitoring
This course is designed to provide training in principles and commonly used techniques for surveying and monitoring wildlife. People that complete this course will better understand the reasons for monitoring wildlife and the methodologies used to do so. This course includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience and will better equip students to participate in data collection for wildlife monitoring projects. This course will cover surveying and monitoring mammals, birds and herpetofauna.

Registration Fees for all 3 days of Special Topics Courses 
$175 Attendee Fee with Color Manual
$155 Attendee Fee with USB Drive
$140 Partner Attendee Fee

"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."