Florida Master Naturalist Program: Coastal Systems (in-person)

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 typically is offered twice a year in fall and spring. This year we are presenting a hybrid online and in-person version – see below for details.

Registration Fees

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

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Florida Master Naturalist Program: Online-only and Hybrid Courses

There are no programs available for registration at this time. Please check back later.

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Florida Master Naturalist Program: Special Topics

In addition to the Coastal Systems module, MDC offers a selection of FMNP’s 3-Day Special Topic Courses throughout the year.
Dates and registration info for each topic will be posted here when available.

Coastal Shoreline Restoration
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.

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

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Our Mission:

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