Santa Rosa & Escambia Counties

September 13 - October 25, 2022
Registration closes at Noon on September 7, 2022
(Course Code: fs22-12)


In-Person Class Facilities

SRC Visitors Information Center
8543 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566

Escambia Rosa County Extension Office
3740 Stefani Rd., Cantonment, FL 32522

Santa Rosa County Extension Office
6263 Dogwood Dr,, Milton, FL 32570


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Chris Verlinde, Florida Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa Co.
Organization: UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant and Extension
Phone: 850-623-3868
Email: chrismv@ufl.edu

Associates: Carrie Stevenson, Coastal Sustainabilty Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia Co.
Rick O'Connor, Florida Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia Co.
Assistants: Dave Barker, Navarre Kayaks and Barry Bitters, University of West Florida


The course format is in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda

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The course format is in-person.

Course Guidelines

Covid-19 safety precautions

In light of the latest CDC updates and guidance from UF health experts, we no longer require masks during in-person FMNP activities but welcome masks for those who wish to wear them and voice support for those who do.

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.


Attendance Policy:
  • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 8 hours or less missed must be made up by completing an assignment of equal time and content. Approval of the Instructor is required.
  • If total hours missed exceeds 8 hours, certification is not possible regardless of material made up.
  • All absences should be discussed with the instructor in advance. In case of emergencies, please notify Instructor as soon as possible.


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