FMNP Regional and Local Chapters

As the FMNP continues to grow, there will be local environmental needs and opportunities, including the desire of FMNP graduates to volunteer and become more involved in environmental events and projects in their community. The most efficient way of organizing these opportunities is to develop FMNP Chapters under the facilitation of FMNP Instructors and participation of FMNP graduates.

For example, field trips, special topic guest speakers, and conservation activities could be identified and hosted by an FMNP Chapter. It is the desire of the FMNP State Office to assist by providing FMNP Chapters the tools they require to meet their goals. This website is the beginning of that process. The formation of Regional and local Chapters will provide direct benefits to FMNP Instructors and students as they continue their life-long learning and discovery process. We intend to report all the great accomplishments each chapter completes so that everyone recognizes the continuing contributions of those who comprise the FMNP.

To establish a new FMNP Chapter, see the New FMNP Chapter Checklist (Word doc or PDF) ) to assist your efforts. You may use the Pinellas County Chapter Bylaws and the St. Lucie County Chapter Bylaws for additional guidance.


  • Northwest Florida Panhandle Friends Chapter
    Counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton
    FMNP Facilitator: Chris Verlinde

North Central:

  • N/A

North East:

  • N/A

Central West:

  • Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists
    County: Pinellas
    FMNP Facilitator(s): Jeanne Murphy and Brian Lane
    Email  |  Website  |  Facebook
    Notes: Monthly board meetings (3rd Wednesday of each month; 6:30 – 9:00 PM), Monthly field trips, quarterly public educational programs, and booth events throughout the year

  • Suncoast Friends Chapter
    Counties: Sarasota and Charlotte
    FMNP Facilitator(s): Katherine Clements and Jamie Reynolds


  • Mid-Florida Friends Chapter
    Counties: Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola
    FMNP Facilitator: Jen Hunt
    Email  |  Facebook
    Notes: Meetings scheduled quarterly at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Central East:

  • Friends of Volusia County FMNP
    County: Volusia
    FMNP Facilitator: David Griffis

  • Space Coast Friends Chapter
    Counties: Brevard, Volusia, Indian River
    FMNP Facilitator: Holly Abeels
    Email  |  Website  |  Facebook  |  Flickr  |  Tumblr
    Notes: Quarterly Membership Meetings, monthly Board Meetings, and usually at least one event a month for the chapter.

  • St. Lucie Friends Chapter
    County: St. Lucie
    FMNP Facilitator: Ken Gioeli
    Email  |  Website  |  Facebook
    Notes: Quarterly meetings

South East:

  • N/A

South West:

  • Southwest Florida Friends Chapter
    County: Lee
    FMNP Facilitator: Roy Beckford