ST. LUCIE CO., Fla. — The UF/ IFAS St. Lucie County Extension is pleased to announce the upcoming Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Environmental Interpretation course. This FMNP course provides 24 educational contact hours, which includes presentations, class discussions and either a planned activity or field trip to practice techniques or review concepts learned in the class. It is designed to make participants better environmental interpreters and educators, so that others may learn about Florida’s natural history and conservation issues. This course will cover concepts such as the fundamentals of interpretation, key elements of an effective interpretive program, how to create themes, sub-messages and transitions, group management, addressing diverse audience needs, developing interpretive displays and practicing interpretive techniques.
Environmental Interpretation is divided into three workshops: Interpretive presentations, guided interpretive programs and interpretive displays.
Upon completion of the course, participants receive Environmental Interpretation certification, complete with certificate, patch and pin from the University of Florida. The registration fee includes detailed course manuals, hands-on experience and registration in an online database that can be used for verification purposes such as might be required for obtaining CEUs, in-service credits, or resume checks. Field trips include site visits inside and outside St. Lucie County.
–UF/ IFAS St. Lucie County Extension
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