Lead Instructors: Central West Region

Please contact your local Lead FMNP Instructors listed below for more information on their future class plans or to inquire about waiting lists.

DeSoto County

UF/IFAS DeSoto County Extension
2150 NE Roan Street
Arcadia, FL 34266
FMNP Contact: Jerry Waters and Linda Waters
Email: waters.jerry@gmail.com and lndwtrs@gmail.com
Phone: 863-993-4846
Instructors: Jerry Waters, Linda Waters
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems, Upland Systems

Hernando County

Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
FMNP Contact: Pamela Murfey
Email:Pamela.Murfey@myfwc.com
Phone: 352-754-6722
Instructors: Pamela Murfey
Courses Offered: Freshwater Systems, Upland Systems

Hillsborough County

Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
4140 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL 33570
FMNP Contact: Dolly Cummings
Email: campbayou@yahoo.com
Phone: 813-641-8545
Instructors: Dolly Cummings, Rob Heath, Robert Northrop, George Shambaugh, Richard Sullivan
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems, Upland Systems Scheduling Information: One course offered in winter each year

Manatee County

UF/IFAS Manatee County Extension
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221
FMNP Contact: Lisa Hickey
Email: lisa.hickey@ufl.edu
Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 238
Instructors: Michelle Atkinson, Lisa Hickey, Kathy Oliver
More Information: Sample Schedule
(subject to change; provided for sample purposes only)
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems, Upland Systems

Pinellas County

Sensing Nature
FMNP Contact: Jeanne Murphy
Email: jmurphy@sensingnature.com
Phone: 727-397-2306
Instructors: Brian Lane, Jeanne Murphy
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems, Upland Systems, Conservation Science, Environmental Interpretation, Habitat Evaluation, Wildlife Monitoring

Sarasota County

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
FMNP Contact: Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski
Email: kasey@mote.org
Phone: 941-388-4441, ext. 263
Instructors: Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Jason Robertshaw
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems (late summer/early fall), Freshwater Systems (spring)

UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension
6700 Clark Road, Twin Lakes Park
Sarasota, FL 34241
FMNP Contact: Robert Kluson
Email: rkluson@scgov.net
Phone: 941-232-3090
Instructors: Robert Kluson
Courses Offered: Coastal Systems, Wildlife Monitoring