New Course In Cocoa Focuses On Florida Ecology

By  //  April 20, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Those interested in learning more about the upland habitats in Brevard County should take advantage of a Florida Master Naturalist Program Upland Habitats Module coming up in Cocoa.

A new course focusing on upland habitats in Brevard County and Florida ecology starts May 6 in Cocoa. (Shutterstock image)

A new course focusing on upland habitats in Brevard County and Florida ecology starts May 6 in Cocoa. (Shutterstock image)

This course starts on Monday, May 6, at the University of Florida IFAS Brevard County Extension Service at 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa.

Florida Master Naturalist courses are open to everyone age 18 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 about the ecology of Florida’s systems is an integral part of the program, and the program hopes 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 http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/uh13-13.htm

For additional questions or information, call Holly Abeels, Marine Science Extension Agent, at 321-633-1702 ext. 235 or send an email  to habeels@ufl.edu.


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