Natural Resources

Florida Sea Grant/Marine Extension

The marine extension program is a university-based program of research and education to promote the sustainable use of our marine and coastal resources. 

It is a component of the Florida Sea Grant College Program that sponsors research at academic universities, governmental agencies, and private marine research facilities such as Mote Marine Laboratory.

Program activities include but are not limited to:

  • habitat protection and restoration
  • artificial reef development
  • marine fisheries conservation and sustainability
  • marine resource management,
  • aquaculture development

Go to the Florida Sea Grant page on the University of Florida IFAS Manatee County Extension website.

For more information, please contact:

Angela Collins, Ph.D.
Florida Sea Grant Agent
(941)722-4524 ext. 1826
[email protected]

Florida Master Naturalist Program

The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors. 

The FMNP is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided in multiple locations throughout Florida. FMNP training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

For More Information go to the Florida Master Naturalist Website or Contact:

Angela Collins, Ph.D.
Florida Sea Grant Agent
(941)722-4524 ext. 1826
[email protected]
Alyssa Vinson, M.S.
Residential Horticulture Extension Agent
(941) 722-4524 ext. 1822
[email protected]