Course FAQs


General FMNP Information

Q. Is their an age restriction for attending an FMNP course?

A. Participant must be 18 years of age or older.

Q. Does FMNP require a pre-requisite before registering for an FMNP course?

A. No. This is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program offered by the University of Florida to the general public. Be prepared to learn a lot about Florida’s environment!

Q. Can I apply a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or the state of Florida employee tuition waiver program to an FMNP course?

A. No. The FMNP does not provide university credit toward a degree-seeking program. Student financial aid is not offered for FMNP courses.

Q. What are the benefits of completing an FMNP course?

A. FMNP training provides information about Florida’s environment for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

Q. If I have a special need (hard of hearing, walk with a cane, etc.) how do I relay my request for accommodations?

A. Contact your instructor (information is listed on the course web page) at least 10 working days prior to the course. In compliance with ADA requirements, we will provide reasonable accommodations.

Q. Is there a limit on the number of attendees for each FMNP course?

A. It depends upon the instructor's preference and/or the number of persons legally allowed inside the facility classroom and at a field trip location. The attendee maximum is between 25 to 12 per course. This maximum is listed on the registration form. The course minimum is 8 participants, unless the instructor has special agreement with FMNP Headquarters.

Course Registration

Q. What forms of payment are allowed?

A. Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX & Discover), Check and PO/Invoice are accepted.

Q. When does payment for an FMNP course have to be received?

A. One week prior to the course start date, unless previous arrangement made with the FMNP Registrar. Reminder of non-payment will be emailed with a deadline.

Q. What if my payment is not received a week prior to my FMNP course start date?

A. Your registration will be cancelled and that course space released.

Q. To whom do I make my check payable and where is it mailed?

A. Make your check payable to University of Florida Leadership & Education Foundation, Inc. (UFLEF, Inc.) and mail to:

Attn: FMNP Registration
PO Box 110750
2311 Mowry Road, Bldg. 78
Gainesville, FL 32611

Q. What is UFLEF, Inc.’s Federal ID number?

A. 59-3104978

Q. Where is my receipt/ invoice?

A. In your email. Upon completing registration you will be directed to a confirmation screen. A copy of this confirmation is also automatically emailed to the address listed in your attendee profile. This confirmation serves as your receipt of payment OR as an invoice for a balance due. So you can search your inbox, the email comes from FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder. If you have strict spam filters, your confirmation may have been intercepted. Still can’t find it? Email Shelby at msowder@ufl.edu to request a copy.

Q. Can I register more than one person at a time?

A. Yes, once you complete the first registration profile, you will have the option to add an additional registration. Whether paying by credit or check for multiple attendees, you and/or your organization may use one card number or check for all participants.

Q. I started my registration but was interrupted, am I registered?

A. No. Your registration is not complete until your form of payment has been submitted. (If sending a check or deferring payment, you are considered registered so long as the “check” or “invoice” option has been selected and submitted.) Registration is complete once you arrive at the confirmation screen and receive a copy of the confirmation in your email.

Q. Am I able to change the course selection after I register?

A. Yes, email Shelby Sowder and communicate the new course you wish to take. If a space is available, she will remove the old course selection and add the new course to your registration. Once she updates your registration profile, you will receive an updated registration confirmation in your email.

Q. My organization will not pay for the total course fee. Can I use multiple forms of payment on my registration?

A. Yes. Once you arrive at the payment screen when registering, adjust the “Amount to apply to this payment” to reflect the amount of the first form of payment, complete the process and click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page. Your first payment will be processed and the amount will automatically update to reflect the new “Balance Due”. Delete the payment information you previously entered, input the new information and click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.

Q. If I cannot pay the entire registration fee, can I arrange a payment plan?

A. Yes. Select the “invoice” option when prompted for payment. This will allow you to register for a course while providing the flexibility to pay by check or credit card at a later date. Please contact the FMNP Registrar at msowder@ufl.edu or 352-294-3583 to finalize a payment plan..

Q. I need to cancel my registration. What are my options?

A. Refer to the cancellation policy listed under Core Modules and/or Special Topics Information.  

Q. How do I replace my registration with a substitute attendee?

A. Email FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder, with your information and the name & full contact (mailing address, phone number & email address) of the person substituting for you.

FMNP Core Modules Courses

Q. What is a core module?

A. It consists of three modules: Coastal Systems, Freshwater Systems and Upland Systems.
Each core module course provides 40 educational contact hours and includes a combination of classroom learning, field trips and practical experience in interpretation. An individual interpretative talk and a group project are required.

Q. What is the cost to attend a core module course?

A. Registration Fee is a per person and per module.
$275 Attendee Fee with Color Manual - Includes hard copy
$230 Attendee Fee with USB Drive - Contains PDFs of the manual and supplemental materials.
$210 Partner Attendee Fee - Individuals who wish to share the course manual with another participant.

Q. What are the partner fee guidelines?

A. It applies to persons living in the same household, working for the same organization, relatives living in the same city, etc.

  • One partner must register at the full attendee fee in order for the other to qualify for this reduced fee.
  • The partner can be registered for the same course, or another course within this same module.
  • You will need to indicate the name of the individual whom you are sharing the manual. The FMNP Registrar verifies this information. If the name provided is invalid, you will be charged the full attendee rate.
  • Q. What does the registration fee include?

    A. The attendee fees include a manual (hard copy or USB drive) and the partner fee does not. All fee categories receive upon completion, an FMNP patch, pin and certificate denoting the core module,and entry into the FMNP graduates database.

    Q. What is the Cancellation Policy for a core module course?

    A. Written requests for registration refunds will be honored if notice is received by the FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder, by 10 working days prior to the course start date. Refund requests are reviewed on a case by case basis for approval. A $60 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.

    Q. If I cancel my registration, is there another option besides a refund?

    A. Yes. You may request a transfer. The amount paid is applied to a future core module course. No additional amount is charged, if the transfer occurs within 12 months. Requests received after 13 months, will have a transfer fee (currently $75) applied. The FMNP Registrar adds an approval note in your current registration record.

    Q. What are the steps involved in the transfer process?

    A. Here are the usual steps involved.

  • Registrant contacts instructors in his/her area to be added to FMNP course interest list.
  • Instructor sends announcement a new core module course was scheduled.
  • Registrant reviews the course information online and verifies the new dates fit into their personal calendar.
  • Registrant contacts the FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder. If email access is limited, she can be reached by phone at 352-294-3583.
  • FMNP Registrar adds the registrant to the new course and sends a registration confirmation from the online system.
  • Q. What happens when I complete my final core module?

    A. You qualify for the designation of Florida Master Naturalist. During the registration process, select the master box. This will ensure this information is provided to your FMNP instructor. At the last class, you will receive a master plaque and pin.

    Q. What is the Attendance Policy for a core module course?

    A. A student can miss one classroom session and one field trip during the course. All absences should be discussed with the instructor and possible make up sessions arranged. If more than two sessions are missed, a student will receive an incomplete and not graduate.

    FMNP Special Topics Courses

    Q. What is a special topic?

    A. It currently consists of four special topics: Conservation Science, Environmental Interpretation, Wildlife Monitoring, and Habitat Evaluation. (Additional topics will be added in the near future.)
    Each 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.

    Q. What is the cost to attend a special topic course?

    A. Registration Fee is a per person and per special topic.
    $175 Attendee Fee with Color Manual - Includes hard copy
    $155 Attendee Fee with USB Drive - Contains PDFs of the manual and supplemental materials.
    $140 Partner Attendee Fee - Individuals who wish to share the course manual with another participant.

    Q. What are the partner fee guidelines?

    A. It applies to persons living in the same household, working for the same organization, relatives living in the same city, etc.

  • One partner must register at the full attendee fee in order for the other to qualify for this reduced fee.
  • The partner can be registered for the same course, or another course within this same special topic.
  • You will need to indicate the name of the individual whom you are sharing the manual. The FMNP Registrar verifies this information. If the name provided is invalid, you will be charged the full attendee rate.
  • Q. What does the registration fee include?

    A. The attendee fees include a manual (hard copy or USB drive) and the partner fee does not. All fee categories receive upon completion, an FMNP patch, pin and certificate denoting the core module,and entry into the FMNP graduates database.

    Q. What is the Cancellation Policy for a special topic course?

    A. Written requests for registration refunds will be honored if notice is received by the FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder, by 10 working days prior to the course start date. Refund requests are reviewed on a case by case basis for approval. A $40 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.

    Q. If I cancel my registration, is there another option besides a refund?

    A. Yes. You may request a transfer. The amount paid is applied to a future speical topic course. No additional amount is charged, if the transferr occurs within 12 months. Requests received after 13 months, will have a transfer fee (currently $75) applied. The FMNP Registrar adds an approval note in your current registration record.

    Q. What are the steps involved in the transfer process?

    A. Here are the usual steps involved.

  • Registrant contacts instructors in his/her area to be added to FMNP course interest list.
  • Instructor sends announcement a new core module course was scheduled.
  • Registrant reviews the course information online and verifies the new dates fit into their personal calendar.
  • Registrant contacts the FMNP Registrar, Shelby Sowder. If email access is limited, she can be reached by phone at 352-294-3583.
  • FMNP Registrar adds the registrant to the new course and sends a registration confirmation from the online system.
  • Q. What happens when I complete my final special topic module?

    A. You qualify for the designation of Florida Land Steward. During the registration process, select the FL land steward box. This will ensure this information is provided to your FMNP instructor. At the last class, you will receive a master plaque and pin.

    Q. What is the Attendance Policy for a special topic course?

    A. A student cannot miss any classes or field trips during the course.If any material is missed, a student will receive an incomplete and not graduate.

    Still have questions? Please contact the FMNP Registrar at 352-294-3583.



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      2311 Mowry Road, Bldg. 78
      PO Box 110750
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