Registration Open For Audubon Everglades Conservation Training Course

Audubon Everglades is offering the public an exciting seven-week conservation stewardship training course that will explore the unique natural habitats in Palm Beach County.

The course will be held on seven consecutive Mondays from Feb. 3 to March 16, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Fifteen expert instructors will engage participants in understanding how five fragile Florida habitats sustain plants, birds and wildlife; cope with invasive flora and fauna; manage species of concern; and adapt to growth and climate change.

The group of experts will also explain the function and importance of the Greater Everglades ecosystem.

This basic environmental education course will include field exploration at unique, local habitats, complemented by classroom study and an advocacy component. There will be special presentations during the catered lunch provided each Monday.

Throughout the course, stewards will be guided in developing a personal plan of action that will empower them to aid and advocate for their environment. The course will be capped at 27 participants. An additional three seats are reserved for college scholarship students.

Audubon Everglades is partnering with the Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension, and receiving support from the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management.

The registration fee of $98 includes seven catered lunches. Scholarships are available for college students to take this course free of charge. Scholarship application must be completed and submitted by Jan. 16. Details on the course can be found at www.auduboneverglades.org.

For questions, e-mail stewardship@auduboneverglades.org or call (561) 876-8815.

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