Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - County Master Naturalist Program Celebratres Graduates June 25The University of Florida/IFAS and St. Lucie County congratulates the newest St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Program graduates.
On Saturday, June 25, 20 students successfully completing the Master Natural Program (FMNP) Coastal Module will be recognized for their achievements during a ceremony at the Oxbow Eco-Center at approximately noon. An invitation-only lunch will take place after the graduation. Prior to this recognition, students will be presenting their final projects on a wide variety of coastal-related topics ranging from lionfish management to horseshoe crab biology to sea grasses and more. Final project presentations will begin at 9 a.m. at the Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St Lucie.
The UF/IFAS – St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Savannas State Preserve, the Oxbow Eco-Center and the Manatee Observation and Education Center, are working together to provide the UF/IFAS Master Naturalist Program in St. Lucie County. The objectives of the 40-hour FMNP Coastal Module are 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 ethics. Through classroom, field trip and practical experience, this coastal module provided instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife and conservation issues of coastal areas in Florida. The program also addressed society's role in coastal areas, developed naturalist interpretation skills and discussed environmental ethics.
This FMNP Coastal Module is one of three modules required by the University of Florida / IFAS Extension for students to become certified Florida Master Naturalists. The next 40-hour module will be the Uplands Module which will be offered in the fall. Details will be posted online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu.
- Ken Gioeli, Master Naturalist Program Facilitator, UF/St. Lucie County Extension Agent
- Wren Underwood, Master Naturalist Instructor, Professional Biologist
- Lesley Vincent-Ryder, Master Naturalist Instructor, Manatee Center Education Coordinator
- Amanda Thompson, Master Naturalist Instructor, Oxbow Eco-Center Education Coordinator
- Heidi Vestrem, Florida Master Naturalist Instructor
For additional information, please contact Ken Gioeli, UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Natural Resources Extension Agent, at 772-462-1660.