Thinking of becoming a Florida Master Naturalist Instructor?

Why should I consider becoming an FMNP Instructor?

  • There is no cost to becoming an FMNP Instructor.
  • Lead and Associate Instructors may generate programmatic funds for their educational program by receiving a portion of student tuition (up to $75/student, provided to the Instructor's organization).
  • FMNP Instructors can train their own volunteers and employees, and strengthen environmental education programs in their communities by providing training to others.
  • Student final projects may benefit the Instructor's organization by providing creative ideas and solutions that improve environmental education programming.
  • FMNP Instructors will become part of regional and statewide efforts to create a workforce of trained Master Naturalists to assist in environmental education and to promote a greater understanding of Florida’s ecosystems among residents and visitors.

What are the qualifications to become an FMNP Instructor?

  • Lead Instructor
  • Associate Instructor
  • Assistant Instructor

What are the responsibilities of FMNP Instructors?

  • Lead Instructor
  • Associate Instructor
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Instructor Roles and Responsibilities (PDF)

How do Instructors present information?

  • Each FMNP Module (Freshwater Systems, Coastal Systems, and Upland Systems) consists of 40 educational contact hours. FMNP courses can be scheduled to best fit the needs of Instructors and students (daily, weekly, weekends, etc.).
  • Class size is limited to 24 students. Classes include classroom learning, field trips, videos, practical interpretation skills, and group final projects. There is no final exam.
  • All FMNP materials (four videos, 12 slide presentations, Instructor and Student manuals) and details on their use are provided at no cost to Instructors.
  • FMNP materials cover ecology, habitats, wildlife, interpretation, ethics, and other topics to train Master Naturalist students to assist with environmental education programs.
  • FMNP materials are designed to assist Instructors to personalize training to their region while still providing a statewide perspective on Florida environments, ecological processes, and conservation issues.

How are Instructors trained?

Each approved FMNP applicant must attend a free 2-hour conference call orientation to be certified as an Instructor.

Orientation is offered frequently, usually once a month. All new Instructors are consulted to determine the best day and time for a training call. For more information, please contact the FMNP State Office: or (352)294-0757.

Topics covered in the training include:

  • History of the FMNP
  • Instructor requirements
  • Overview of the three Modules (Upland Systems, Freshwater Systems and Coastal Systems)
  • Overview of FMNP Instructor and student workbooks
  • Final project guidelines for students
  • Field trip logistics
  • Student course evaluations
  • Logistics and administration
  • Marketing your FMNP class
  • Chapters and future goals
  • Special Topics classes

Instructor FAQs

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