Core Module Classes:
Freshwater Systems Module

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Summary Statement

Florida Master Naturalist Program students will increase their knowledge of Florida’s natural systems, of the plants and animals that depend upon those systems, and of the role of humankind in shaping our past, of determining our future, and as stewards of the land. The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare persons 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 to develop their own personal land ethic. Information on the ecology of Florida’s systems is an integral part of the program, but we do not attempt to create experts in botany, herpetology, or any other discipline. Rather, we hope to initiate what is for many a life-long process of learning, of observation, and of sharing with others.

Freshwater Systems Module Overview

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Systems in Florida - Marshes, Swamps, and Permanent Wetlands (Lakes, Rivers, Springs, and Streams). The program also addresses society's role in wetlands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

The total training consists of 40 contact hours, the scheduling of which will vary among different Instructors. 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.

Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Systems Video Series:

  • Florida’s Freshwater Marshes
  • Florida’s Freshwater Swamps
  • Florida’s Permanent Wetlands (lakes, streams, springs, rivers)
  • Wetlands in the Modern Human Landscape

Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Systems Presentation Series:

  • General Ecology of Freshwater Systems
  • Herbaceous Vegetation of Freshwater Systems
  • Waterbirds of Freshwater Systems
  • Woody Vegetation of Freshwater Systems
  • General Birds of Freshwater Systems
  • Mammals of Freshwater Systems
  • Amphibians of Freshwater Systems
  • Reptiles of Freshwater Systems
  • Fish of Freshwater Systems
  • Invertebrates of Freshwater Systems
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Naturalist Interpretation

What is the cost and what will Florida Master Naturalist Program students receive?

  • The cost per Module is $275.
  • View course schedules and registration.
  • At the end of the course, student will receive their Certification of Course Completion and be included in the online FMNP Graduate Database.
  • Upon course completion, student also will receive FMNP embroidered patch and course-specific lapel pin.
  • FMNP course manual (covering course-specific ecological systems, habitats, plant and animal life, naturalist interpretation, outreach planning, and additional resources and sources of information) becomes the property of the student.

What other Florida Master Naturalist Program courses are available?

The FMNP consists of three Core Modules. These include Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems, and Upland Systems. Each module is a stand-alone course and graduates of each Module are recognized (certificates of achievement, lapel pins) as Coastal, Wetlands, or Upland Naturalists. Special recognition for completion of all three Modules will include a plaque, Master Naturalist lapel pin and inclusion in the online Master Naturalist Honor Roll Database.

The FMNP also offers four Special Topics courses.