Students: Core Module Classes

Thinking of becoming a Florida Master Naturalist?

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 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 FMNP consists of three Core Modules– Freshwater Systems, Coastal Systems, and Upland Systems.

Who should take FMNP classes?

  • Adults (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 who wish to enhance current programs
  • Teachers and professionals who wish to acquire educational contact hours for continuing education*

*CEUs are obtained and approved through individual school districts

How much does it cost, how long does training last, and what is included?

  • The cost is $275 per FMNP Module.
  • Each course provides 40 educational contact hours. Course schedules vary. The current schedule can be viewed here.
  • Each Module includes classroom learning, field trips, and practical experience in providing interpretive information about Florida’s environment.
  • Students receive detailed course manuals.
  • Module graduates receive FMNP certificates, patches, and pins that denotes their area of expertise (e.g., Wetlands Naturalist) and are listed in the FMNP student database on our website. Students who choose to complete all three Core Modules become certified Florida Master Naturalists and receive a plaque and pin denoting their accomplishment and are listed in a Master Naturalist Honor Roll database on our website.
  • The FMNP does not provide university credit toward a degree-seeking program.

What are student responsibilities and how do I register?

  • Students are expected to attend classes and complete group final projects. There are no tests or final exams required for completion of FMNP Modules.
  • Registration is available through the FMNP website.