Florida Master Naturalist Program

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Our Mission

The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors.

This mission is accomplished in part by FMNP Instructors, who teach students in the program about Florida's environment using science-based information and interpretive techniques that prepare students to share their knowledge with others.

This mission is also accomplished by FMNP graduates, who share their knowledge with others and foster principles of sustainability, connectivity, and biodiversity to assist others to understand and respect Florida's natural world as a community to which we all belong.

In essence, the FMNP teaches those that teach others.


The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided by many Extension offices and participating organizations throughout the state of Florida. FMNP training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

The FMNP consists of three Core Modules

Each Module is 40 contact hours of classroom learning, field trips, and practical experience. Each Module is $225 and includes detailed course manuals and, upon completion, FMNP certificates, patches, and pins denoting their area of expertise (e.g., Wetlands Master Naturalist) and registration in the online FMNP Graduate Database. Students who choose to complete all three Modules will become Florida Master Naturalists and will receive a plaque, Master Naturalist pin, and registration in the online Master Naturalist Honor Roll Database. The FMNP does not provide university credit toward a degree-seeking program.

The FMNP also offers four Special Topics

  • Conservation Science
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Wildlife Monitoring (Coming Soon)
  • Habitat Evaluation (Coming Soon)