Florida Master Naturalist Programs

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 "The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided by many Extension offices and participating organizations throughout the state of Florida. FMNP training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others."

(Florida Master Naturalist web page, 2017)

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 The Oxbow Eco-Center proudly participates in the instruction of Florida Mater Naturalist Program courses.  The Florida Master Naturalist Program is an award-winning certification program designed by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. 

The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to create a citizenry knowledgeable about natural systems and how they work, thereby creating environmental stewards within local communities.  The course also prepares participants to share their knowledge with others and help them feel a greater connection to the land.   The program is highly recommended for nature center staff and volunteers, eco-tour providers, fishing guides, scout leaders and educators. 

Florida Master Naturalist courses are open to individuals 18 years of age and older. 


Upcoming Courses at the Oxbow Eco-Center:

FMNP  Freshwater Wetlands Module

Wednesdays, September 19 - November 14, 9am - 4pm


For more information, course offerings, or to register:


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