Environmental Programs


The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an in-depth look at the ecosystems, flora and fauna of our great state. UF/IFAS Extension Clay County is proud to offer the FMNP Freshwater Systems Module in September and early October of 2015. Taught by Clay County Extension, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and Florida Forest Service instructors, this program is for those 18 and up who want to learn more about Florida ’s environment. Individuals with an interest in Florida's nature as well as educators and those in the eco-tourism business can benefit from the program. Teachers may receive up to 40 hours continuing education credits, and there are scholarships for educators available.

Our next Freshwater Systems course begins Wednesday, September 9th. This exciting look at important Florida ecosystems includes some great field trip opportunities. Classes start Wednesday September 9th and will be held Monday and Wednesday evening from 6 -9 pm, with field trips on Saturdays.   Click here for a schedule listing all dates. Classroom sessions will be held at the Clay County Extension auditorium, 2463 State Road 16 W., Green Cove Springs, 32043.

Topics include: ecosystems (hardwood forests, pine habitats and grassland/scrub), key plants and wildlife, and the role of humans in shaping the environment. Each module includes classroom presentations, videos, field trips, and practical interpretation. Advance registration is required. Course fee is $225.  Course instructors are

Amy Morie, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Environmental Horticulture

David Nistler, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Agriculture, Small Farms, and Natural Resources

Allan Hallman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist

Elizabeth Smith, Florida Forestry Service

Student requirements include attendance, participation, and enthusiasm! For registration and program information visit the web site www.masternaturalist.org.  For questions contact 904.284.6355 and ask for David NIstler dnistler@ufl.edu or Amy Morie amorie@ufl.edu