What is the Florida Master Naturalist Program?
The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an adult education program developed by the University of Florida and provided by participating organizations. FMNP training will benefit any persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment, seeking educational contact hours, or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.
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. The FMNP teaches those who teach others about Florida's unique ecosystems and wildlife. FMNP Instructors teach participants about Florida's environment using science-based information and interpretive techniques that prepare participants to share their knowledge with others. In turn, FMNP graduates share their knowledge and foster principles of sustainability, connectivity, and biodiversity to assist others to understand and respect Florida's natural world as a community to which we all belong.
Who should participate?
- Any adult (18 years of age or older) interested in learning more about Florida’s unique natural history
- Volunteers and employees at parks, nature centers, museums, historical sites, and any facility or organization that provides environmental education programs
- Ecotour guides and natural resource professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge or programs
- Teachers and professionals who wish to acquire educational contact hours for continuing education