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Develop and deliver course modules for the IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program



Adjunct History Professor Tom Berson is looking for faculty interested in developing and delivering course modules for the IFAS – Florida Master Naturalist Program which will be offering a new course based out of Santa Fe College in the fall.  Tom was certified this year as a lead instructor for the program in Alachua County and hopes to draw upon the expertise of his colleagues and larger community to create a collaborative program that maximizes the experience for students and showcases the faculty, facilities and resources of SF.

The adult education program is aimed at promoting awareness, understanding and respect of Florida’s natural world among Florida’s citizens and visitors. It is divided into three core modules based on distinct Florida eco-systems: Coastal, Freshwater, and Upland Habitats. A comprehensive array of course material is provided by IFAS, but instructors are also given wide latitude to customize the curricula for their respective audiences. The modules generally require about 40 contact hours, usually over six full-day classes, including field trips, videos and oral instruction. In addition, shorter “special topics” modules are available in the areas of Environmental InterpretationConservation ScienceWildlife Monitoring, and Habitat Evaluation. As modules are scheduled and developed, it is hoped that participating faculty will contribute several hours of preparatory time and at least one to two hours of classroom/field trip time during the actual delivery of the course.

Please contact Tom Berson if you are interested in collaborating on this new program.

2015 Ag Fest and Master Gardener Plant Sale May 16

The Master Gardener Plant Sale will have a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, trees and more will be available at exceptional prices. Master Gardener volunteers will be on site for advice on selection and care of your plants. This annual plant sale is a fundraiser for the Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
The Ag Fest will be providing information on the following: beekeeping, small farm goat management, growing mushrooms, raised bed gardening, free soil pH testing and much more.  Also presentations are scheduled on the following topics: Growing Fruit in Alachua County, Bee Pollinators & Pesticides and Cooking Matters.  Come and learn more about locally grown food, producing and growing food.
Admission and parking are free. For more information about this program call (352)955-2402. Visit for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

Next Sustainable Santa Fe Committee Meeting is April 17

Join us to discuss the current topics and projects on-going at Santa Fe.

Next Sustainable Santa Fe Committee Meeting

 April 17
Time: 2PM

 Location: P266



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