Florida Master Naturalist Program Conservation Science Training in April

Published on March 08, 2017 with No Comments

Want to get a firsthand look at biodiversity in northwest Florida? Join Escambia and Santa Rosa County Extension agents to learn more about Florida’s natural resources. The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a hands-on outdoor learning experience for adults. The FMNP both informs and prepares individuals to share information about Florida’s natural areas and environmental history.

This three day special topic class in conservation science will be held April 4, 5 and 11 from 8:30 a.m. until  4 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Santa Rosa County Extension Office. Registration is $175 and includes field trips, classroom training and materials. Register at www.masternaturalist.org and click on current course offerings. Registration will close March 29 at 10 a.m.

This course is designed to educate people in the concepts, language, and science related to conservation needs, planning, and action. Upon completion of this course, attendees will better understand the complexities of conservation, which will make them both better educators and participants in local conservation efforts. This course will cover concepts such as species diversity, measuring biodiversity, the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity, types of ecosystem services, ecological processes, habitat fragmentation, effects of human activities on ecosystems, the history of conservation in North America and strategies for conservation planning.

For more information, contact Chris Verlinde at chrismv@ufl.edu or call (850) 623-3868 or Rick O’Connor at roc1@ufl.edu or call 475-5230.


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