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Updated: 01/02/2014 08:03:00AM

DeSoto has new certified naturalists

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The first group of Florida Master Naturalists from DeSoto County are, front row, from left: Linda Waters (instructor), Evelyn Sasser, Forest Reynolds (honorary graduate), and John Reynolds; back row: Jerry Waters (instructor), Wayne Naumburg, Devin Lawrence, Michael Rhodes and John Sillady.

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DeSoto County now has its own certified group of Florida Master Naturalists. On Dec.14, six people graduated as FMN. All six completed the three modules that make up the core of the program. Five of the six are from DeSoto County: Devin Lawrence (now a Hardee County resident who grew up in DeSoto County), Wayne Naumburg, Evelyn Sasser, Michael Rhodes, and John Reynolds. John Shillady of Highlands County was the sixth member of this group of newly certified FMN. Forest Reynolds was recognized as an honorary Outstanding DeSoto Naturalist.

The Florida Master Naturalist Program is a non-degree curriculum offered by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Florida. The courses combine classroom time followed by field trips designed to both supplement and compliment the classroom instruction.

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