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Florida Master Naturalist Program

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Sarasota County

July 29 - August 26 , 2024
Registration closes at Noon on July 19, 2024
(Course Code: fs24-09)

The course format is Hybrid: Classes (in-person and online)
and in-person field trips.
In-Person Class Facilities

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium/ City Island: Keating Marine Science Education Building,
3rd floor, New Pass Room #3 (315)
1599 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Sarasota Audubon Nature Center
999 Center Road, Sarasota, FL, 342406

Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jason Robertshaw, Program Manager for Virtual Learning
Organization: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Phone: 941-388-2904

Tentative Course Agenda

Open the PDF below to view the full agenda for this course.

View Agenda (PDF)

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.

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.

Classroom Meetings

Your instructor will provide detailed directions via email prior to the first class and ongoing throughout class prior to each field activity. Supplemental course material will be available though an online classroom space. Please contact the instructor if you have any questions.

Odd days 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be held in-person at different locations.
● Day 1 at Mote Marine Lab, we will meet on the third floor of the Keating Marine Education Building. It's the large, gray building on your left with a blue octopus mural on the side. Ample parking is available by the Mote Aquarium entrance. Limited parking by the Keating building is available in a shell lot across the street. Accessible parking is available under the building.
We will spend the morning of the first day inside an air-conditioned classroom reviewing materials. You may bring laptops and devices to help with note-taking. WiFi will be available. Those of you who ordered manuals will receive them on the first day.
● Locations and times subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included.
● Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations
● Supplemental course material will be available though an online classroom space.

Even days 2, 4, 6, and 8 will be online via Zoom.
You are required to be online (Zoom) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities.  Attendance will be taken by the instructor. To participate, you must have:

  • Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (
  • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
  • Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
  • Web camera (most laptops have this included)
  • A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

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