Environmental enthusiasts can earn a certificate in Marine Habitat Restoration by taking a 24-hour course offered by Volusia County Environmental Management, UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County and the Marine Discovery Center.
The course, which is part of the Master Naturalist Program, will focus on restoration of seagrass, artificial reefs, corals and sponges.
The non-degree, hybrid Marine Habitat Restoration program was developed by the University of Florida.
It will run from July 31 through Aug. 11 and includes a trip to the Florida Keys.
Through online, classroom, field trip and practical experience, participants will learn about Florida’s natural marine habitats and ways to restore them.
The $200 course fee covers educational materials, field trips and classroom sessions.
There will be an additional $125-plus accommodation fee for the Florida Keys portion. Participants completing the course will receive a certificate, patch, and pin denoting their expertise in marine habitat restoration.
The registration deadline is July 20. Class size is limited to 20.
Registration can be completed online at https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/MR23-03hybrid.html. The website includes a secure page for participants who want to pay with a credit card.
For more information, contact Environmental Specialist Trey Hannah at [email protected].
For information on the Florida Master Naturalist Program, go to masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/become-a-master-naturalist.