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Ostego Bay Foundation to presents Master Naturalist Series

By Staff | Sep 9, 2021

The Ostego Bay Foundation recently announced that it will host the Coastal Systems module of the University of Florida Master Naturalist Series every Monday beginning Sept. 13 for five weeks.

Through classroom, field trip and practical experience, the module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife and conservation issues of coastal systems in Florida — coastal uplands, estuarine and nearshore marine environments. The program also addresses society’s role in coastal areas and developing naturalist interpretation skills and discusses environmental ethics.

The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a University of Florida/IFAS Extension environmental education program developed for adult audiences. FMNP courses are provided by certified instructors throughout the state at IFAS Extension offices and other environmental education organizations.

The goal of the FMNP is to promote awareness, understanding and respect of Florida’s natural world. Students of the FMNP promote this goal by sharing their knowledge with family and friends, and through formal and informal environmental education programs as employees or volunteers at parks, nature centers, eco-tour operations and other organizations.

“The University of Florida Master Naturalist Program is the perfect method to enhance the knowledge of those who work in the field,” lead instructor and Ostego Bay Foundation President Joanne Semmer said. “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. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.”

Class size is limited.

For more information or to register, visit https://masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/ or call 239-765-8101.