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Sign-up begins for Florida Master Naturalist Program on Upland Habitats

Written by  Holly Abeels, Marine Science Extension Agent, Uf/Brevard County Extension Services

Sign-up begins for Florida Master Naturalist Program on Upland Habitats 

COCOA, Fla. – If you are interested in learning more about the upland habitats in Brevard County, then a Florida Master Naturalist Program Upland Habitats Module might be right for you! This course starts on Monday, May 6, at the University of Florida IFAS Brevard County Extension Service, 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa. Florida Master Naturalist courses are open to everyone 18 years and older.

The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare participants to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land and to help others develop their own personal land ethic. Information on the ecology of Florida’s systems is an integral part of the program, and we hope to initiate what is for many a life-long process of learning, of observation, and of sharing with others.

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Uplands Habitats Module provides instruction on the 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 society's role in uplands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. The total training consists of 40 contact hours. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. There is no comprehensive examination required. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.

To register and view the course schedule visit the following website:
For additional questions or information, contact Holly Abeels, Marine Science Extension Agent, at (321) 633-1702 ext. 235, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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