The FMNP Graduate Survey
lt NhtUfrA* Congratulations! The FMNP has produced astounding results!
During 2001-2002, 37 wetlands classes were taught, producing 507
,FMNP wetlands naturalists. Student evaluations revealed that
S89% rated the course as excellent or above average, and 93%
indicated they intend to take additional FMNP modules. Since
January 2003, 30-plus FMNP wetland and new coastal courses
Shave been scheduled!
Surveys of FMNP graduates (graduated by 30 June 2002, 58%
. response rate) revealed a diverse clientele, including ecotourism
guides (7%), park rangers and naturalists (12%), natural areas
managers and biologists (7%), teachers (9%), volunteers (41%),
and interested citizens (44%) (many respondents indicated
multiple categories). The diversity of expertise among students
is one of the strengths of the FMNP. Take advantage of the
expertise within your classes to raise the level of the educational
experience through discussion, personal stories, and other
UNIVERSITY OF means.
F L R I A Many FMNP graduates reported direct personal benefits,
.LI .A including new employment (6%), new volunteer positions (12%),
pay raises or promotions (3%), and increased responsibility in
environmental education programs (30%). Six percent (70% of
E X T E N S IO N teachers) received continuing education credit for the FMNP.
FMNP graduates (95%) also indicated that participation in the
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences FMNP motivated them to continue learning through personal
study (90%), presentations (62%), other educational programs
(50%), and formal coursework leading toward a college degree
FMNP graduates are getting involved: 98% reported their desire
to volunteer had increased, and 38% increased volunteer activity
since FMNP training. The FMNP provides useful information:
graduates utilized information from the FMNP during work (41%)
and volunteer activities (75%), and 94% added new information/
programs as the result of FMNP training. Finally, the FMNP
influenced graduates to more closely evaluate/monitor personal
actions such as lawn care (70%) and to more closely monitor
state and local issues and political candidates (80%).
Congratulations again to both FMNP Instructors and Graduates.
First Graduating Coastal Class, UF Whitney Lab/Jose Nunez Together we can make a difference!
Program Update ..................................... 1
Instructor Information .................................. 2
Wild Eye ..................................................... 3 Dr. Martin B. Main
FMNP Program Director
Interpretive Tracks ............................................. 3 UF Associate Professor and Ecologist
Class Information ................................... ... 4 Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
Contacts ............................... ................ 4
Rookery Bay Instructor Dave Graff explains Batfish biology. FMNH Instructor Patti Anderson (right) with wetland class.
New Job/Volunteer Opportunity Web Page at www.MasterNaturalist.org
To assist FMNP graduates in finding job/volunteer opportunities in environmental education, restoration, and other
natural resource-related activities, we've created a new page on the FMNP Web site that advertises job and volunteer
opportunities by region.
So, if you have job/volunteer opportunities you wish to advertise and you have a Web site that lists those
opportunities, send us your Web link, and we'll include it on the new FMNP job/volunteer opportunities Web page
(just follow the instructions on the Job/Volunteer Opps hot link). We will also post links to job/volunteer Web sites
from other appropriate groups, so spread the word. Let's encourage FMNP graduates to look at this new service and
find opportunities to contribute!
Note: we can only link to your Web site we cannot post individual opportunities.
At a minimum, information needed on your job/volunteer opportunities Web site must include:
* A description of the job/volunteer opportunity, and
* Your organizational contact/application information.
The FMNP Program Office withholds the right to refuse requests to link to this Web site.
All link requests should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Web Site: Florida Springs information--www.FloridaSprings.org
Send us your favorite environmental education Web sites, and we will post them here.
Coastal Poster available for purchase: World Wildlife Fund Marine Biodiversity Poster -
is available for $5.95 from Acorn Naturalists at: www.AcornNaturalists.com
Interested in becoming an FMNP Instructor?
FMNP Instructor Workshops are required for all new instructors and existing, certified instructors who want to teach a new
module. There is no fee for attending Instructor Workshops, but prospective instructors must submit an instructor application
(available on the FMNP web site) and receive approval to attend. Instructor workshops are 2 days long with an optional field
trip on the second day. More information about Instructor benefits, qualifications, and responsibilities can be found on the
Master Naturalist Website: www.MasterNaturalist.org under the "Information" link.
Wild Eye Watch 10 on:
Florida Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger 18-28"
Identifiers: gray/black or brown/black bodies
- black face mask with a white nose and white ears
Status: 4 subspecies in Florida, 2 listed species
Range: Eastern USA
Repoduction: 2-4 young, tree leaf nest
Habitat: mixed forest, hammocks, pine flatwoods
Diet: fruits, nuts, fungi, bulbs, insects, eggs
Sign: barks, chatters, debris from feeding perch
Lee County Env. Ed. Dept.
Found throughout most of the state (except in Keys). Fox squirrels are Florida's largest tree squirrels. Some fox squirrel
populations have declined due to overhunting, destruction of mature forests, and the suppression of natural fires. The
subspecies known as Sherman's fox squirrel (S. n. shermani) occurs from north central Florida to the north border of
Lake Okeechobee and is currently listed as a species of special concern in Florida. The race southwest of Lake Okeechobee,
known as the Big Cypress or Mangrove fox squirrel (S. n. avicennia, see picture), is listed as threatened in Florida.
Panhandle populations of fox squirrels include the Carolina fox squirrel (S. n. niger), found primarily in the Carolinas,
and the Bachman's fox squirrel (S. n. bachmanii), found primarily in Alabama and Mississippi.
Interpretive Tracks f r ap 4
Good Teaching: Top Ten Tips
1. Passion teaching can begin with student motivation but should
be done in a relevant, meaningful, memorable manner that
conveys passion about the subject.
2. Substance students are "top consumers" of knowledge. Keep
up with the latest news in the subject area by reading, listening,
and interacting with peers to stay on top of the game.
3. Development good teaching is about listening, questioning,
and respecting student differences. Elicit responses and develop
4. Flexibility have an agenda but be flexible. React and adjust to
immediate student needs or changing discussions.
5. Style be entertaining, recognize student talents and
weaknesses, and bring your class to life by promoting discussions
6. Humor use humor as appropriate to help create a more
relaxed and more enjoyable learning environment.
7. Preparation a prepared instructor is a good instructor. And
8. Support good teaching is reinforced by a supportive
organization with a strong vision and educational mission.
Likewise, support for the efforts of students will both motivate and A
build confidence among pupils.
9. Teamwork building alliances promotes stronger teaching and
greater learning opportunities and may lead to future Flatwoods Pawpaw (Asimina reticulata)
opportunities. Small shrub in the Custard Apple family
10. Rewards there are many rewards from teaching. Perhaps Butterfly larval food: Zebra Swallowtail
the greatest reward is making a difference in a student's life and Fruit eaten by: raccoons, foxes, coyotes, opossums, and
encouraging him/her to do the same for others. gopher tortoises
Adapted from "The Teaching Professor," www.magnapubs.com Drawing by Ann Murray, Center for Aquatic & Invasive
Plants, University of Florida, Gainesville
Current Course Offerings
Freshwater Wetlands Classes:
April 20-May 28, 2003 (Hendry Country)
May 5-16, 2003 (Collier County)
June 16-27, 2003 (Lake County)
Coastal Systems Classes:
April 24-May 29, 2003 (Polk County)
May 3-June 7, 2003 (Palm Beach County)
May 6-June 26, 2003 (Indian River County)
June 6-July 11, 2003 (Palm Beach County)
June 12-21, 2003 (Duval County)
July 7-11, 2003 (Lee County)
July 14-19, 2003 (Citrus County)
Go to www.MasterNaturalist.org
Click on "Course Offerings" for locations and time
schedules. After you have chosen your course, follow
the prompts to register online.
For program details: Click on "Information"
FMNP Graduate Testimonials
We're touching the lives of many FMNP graduates, and
they are touching the lives of many more. We've included a
few testimonials, something we hope to do in each
"I believe that the experience I had in the class opened my
eyes to how much I love and enjoy nature and that I
wanted to learn more. The people in the course were very
intelligent and had beautiful spirits. It was the best class I
"I have 10 grandchildren, who regularly visit me in
Florida. Rather than taking them to tourist attractions, we
go out into the wild where there are truly new worlds to
explore. The FMNP has added immeasurably. Just this
August, I took 2 grandsons to Big Cypress, which we saw
with newly opened eyes."
"The FMNP has inspired me to know more, experience
more, and to do more for our precious environment. I see
things now, that untrained eyes didn't allow me to. It is
incredibly wondrous and exciting...Thank You!"
"As a retired biology teacher of 30 years the FMNP helped
me to look at the natural world with a new perspective;
one that will allow me new challenges. My participation
in the FMNP has also helped me to reorganize my
knowledge of the basic principles of the ecological world
into a more practical form."
FMNP Wetlands Module funding provided by:
-Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
Advisory Council on Environmental Education (ACEE)
-Southwest Florida Council on Environment Education, Inc
FMNP Coastal Module funding provided by:
-Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida, IFAS
-Florida Marine Research Institute,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute
Florida Master Naturalist Program
Director: Dr. Martin Main, Associate Professor
Coordinator: Ginger Allen
Assistant: Annisa Karim
Southwest Florida Research & Education Center
2686 State Road 29 North
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515
Phone: 239-658-3400; Fax: 239-658-3469
FMNP Newsletter Staff
Editor: Dr. Martin Main
Managing Editor: Ginger Allen
Contributing Editors: Julie Carson, Annisa Karim
Web Coordinator: Buddy Walker