Martin Main

University of Florida

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Membership level
4. Program Membership - Active and Renewal
First name
Martin
Last name
Main
Organization
University of Florida
Address 1
P.O. Box 110430, Newins-Zeigler Hall
City
Gainesville
State
FL
Zip Code
32611
Phone
3522942728
Program Name
University of Florida
Program Web Site URL
Program Mission
The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors.
Program Description (include how it meets membership criteria)
Florida - the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is a statewide environmental education and interpretive training program that prepares graduates to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world. The FMNP offers training in 3 independent ecosystem modules: Florida's Coastal Systems, Freshwater Wetlands, and Upland Habitats. Each 40-hr. module includes a complete curriculum with 4 videos, 12 presentations, and student and instructor reference workbooks. In addition to classroom education each module includes 3 field trips and has speaking and final project requirements. Each module provides information on ecological processes, habitats, flora and fauna, conservation issues, environmental ethics, and interpretive education techniques. A complete curriculum has been developed for advanced training modules, Conservation Science, Environmental Interpretation, Wildlife Monitoring and Habitat Evaluation. Each course is 24 contact hours which includes classroom presentations and practical hands-on experience.

The FMNP is a University of Florida (UF-IFAS) extension program taught by a statewide network of more than 150 environmental educators certified as FMNP instructors that represent 85 organizations in 49 counties. FMNP graduates (approximately 900 per year) include biologists, park rangers, ecotour guides, teachers, and interested citizens among others. FMNP training has assisted graduates in obtaining jobs, pay raises and promotions, CEUs, and volunteer positions. Although volunteer service is not required, FMNP graduates have contributed an average of 18,000 hours of volunteer service per year and this number is growing. The FMNP operates on a fee-based and self-sustaining model. For more information on the FMNP or assistance in developing similar programs see: www.MasterNaturalist.org or contact info@masternaturlaist.org.
Program Partners
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. All 3 Federal National Estuary Research Reserves in Florida. Florida Sea Grant Program. City Parks,private nature centers, Audubon centers, local conservation foundations. Totaling 85 partner organizations
Curriculum (general objectives and topics, types of instructors, and planned time frame)
3 independent ecosystem modules: Florida’s Coastal Systems, Freshwater Wetlands, and Upland Habitats. Each 40-hr. module includes a complete curriculum with 4 videos, 12 presentations, and student and instructor workbooks. In addition to classroom education each module includes 3 field trips and has speaking and final project requirements. Each module provides information on ecological processes, habitats, flora and fauna, conservation issues, environmental ethics, and interpretive education techniques. A complete curriculum is being developed for advanced training modules that will address a range of topics. Coastal Systems Module Overview: general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systemsin Florida - Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses societies role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. Video series = Coastal Uplands, Coastal Estuaries, Coastal Nearshore Marine Environment, Society and the Coast; Presentation Series = • General Ecology of Coastal Systems • Coastal Amphibians/Reptiles• Marine & Estuarine Habitats • Saltwater Fish• Coastal Waterbirds • Invertebrates I (Corals, Jellyfish, Mollusks, Worms, Tunicates)• Coastal General birds • Invertebrates II ( Echinoderms, Crustaceans, Insects)• Coastal Upland Habitats • Environmental Ethics• Coastal Mammals • Naturalist Interpretation Upland Habitats Module: general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Upland Habitats in Florida - Hardwood Forests, Pinelands, Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands and Urban green spaces. The program also addresses societies role in uplands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. Video series = • Florida’s Pine Habitats • Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands • Hardwood Forests • Upland Habitats in the Modern Human Society; Presentation Series = • General Ecology of Upland Habitats • Pineland Communities • Hardwood Forests and Urban Green Spaces• Scrub, Dry Prairie and Rangelands • Birds I • Birds II • Mammals • Herptofauna (Amphibians and Reptiles) • Naturalist Interpretation• Invertebrates I • Invertebrates II • Environmental Ethics
Describe the service component of your program
Final projects have been used in schools by teachers, for community projects. Chapter volunteers assist instructors with education booths, projects, etc. Continued education credits (professionals) and in-service credits (teachers) are awarded by school boards and companies. Annual survey and in-service credits (teachers) are awarded by school boards and companies. Annual survey areas. FMNP videos are for sale and have been shown on PBS, in class rooms, and at nature centers for special topic presentations.
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