TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is hosting the Florida Master Naturalist Freshwater Wetlands Course, a comprehensive educational resource for residents, ecotourism businesses and those interested in protecting Florida’s diverse ecosystems. The freshwater/wetland module starts on May 9 and will be conducted every Friday through June 13.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to come out and engage in learning about Florida’s freshwater and wetland habitats,” said Brooke Moffis, residential horticulture agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County. “The goal of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to increase awareness, understanding and respect for Florida’s natural environment and how humans impact specific habitats.”
Moffis and Teresa Watkins, both Lake County Florida Master Naturalist Program certified instructors, will be teaching the course at the UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County’s Agriculture Center located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
A fee of $225 includes 40 instructional hours, field trips to three freshwater habitats, a comprehensive reference workbook, a certificate of completion, an embroidered Florida Master Naturalist Program patch and a lapel pin.
Online registration is available by clicking on the Lake County link at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/fw14-08.htm . For more information, call Moffis at 352-343-4101.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.