OPEN ENROLLMENTM-CAP courses are short, 

interactive programs

The M-CAP program at MCERC has three levels of participation. All of these programs are also part of the track to earning the MCERC Naturalist and MCERC Merits certifications.

Most M-CAP programs are held over the weekend and are very low cost to encourage participation from the community.

WHO: Members of the community wishing to learn more about marine and coastal habitats (grade 7- adults).

           The "Naturalist" level: This track is designed to teach field techniques and introduce a foundation of knowledge empowering adults to become ambassadors for regional marine and coastal habitats. With the Naturalist track, you'll earn a certificate reflecting completion of M-CAP courses that cover a broad knowledge base. MCERC faculty will be placing markers on courses that are announced on the calendar for registration qualifying for the Naturalist Track.

            The "Merit" level:  This track is designed for students in grades 7 - 12 who are interested in the marine and coastal habitats. The Merit M-CAP program does not require a broad base of knowledge. Instead, students are encouraged to learn more about what field biologists experience by selecting courses that are appealing. The Merit M-CAP program requires grade school children to be accompanied by a responsible adult. We encourage family activities; therefore, the Naturalist and Merit courses are taught together.

             The "Professional" level: The "patch programs" do not qualify for the M-CAP professional certification. Please see the course categories for courses that qualify for this track. The Professional certification is designed for field biologists seeking to bolster their field skills, teaching skills, and data analysis. The M-CAP patch programs are offered free to those that have completed the corresponding field intensive course. Honors credit will be given for the MCERC certification when Professional track M-CAP participants assist in mentoring the Naturalist and Merit Ambassador scholars.

What: An experiential program designed to immerse residents and visitors in  local conservation and marine and coastal resources. The programs encourage family participation.  

Where: Marine and coastal habitats in Florida. Programs are typically within 1 hour of Spring Hill.

When: Most M-CAP courses will be scheduled for weekends and holidays. Faculty at MCERC are interested in your input. Please chat with us during outreach opportunities at local parks (announced on our calendar and social media pages) and let us know your thoughts!

How: Create a free account on MCERC's Education Hub, look for the courses that have open registration and sign up! Course fees are kept as low as possible to allow families, friends, and loved ones to attend together. Because space is limited, and materials are purchased as needed, all program fees are non-refundable. Instructions for registering for MCERC courses are posted on the Home Page of the Education Hub (this site). All registration fees are paid in advance through Pay Pal. Once you enter the course you would like to register for, you will be immediately directed to Pay Pal. You do not have to be a Pay Pal member to use a credit or debit card to submit registration fees.  Once you submit your registration fee, your registration for that course is complete and confirmed. 


Look for more details on the MCERC main website 


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Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. 

Dates: Friday 1 June, 2018 (6pm) - Sunday 3 June, 2018 (4pm)

Program Fee: $50/person. This fee is non-refundable.

Location: Spring Hill, Florida and nearby coastal areas

 

Registration: Click on the course title to enter course and register through Pay Pal during open enrollment. You do not need a Pay Pal account to register. You do need to be signed in to the Education Hub to register for courses. You will be required to sign the release form before participating in the program. Please take the time to retrieve the release form from the Home Page of this Education Hub and review it prior to enrollment.

Be sure to click on the document for the details before registering! Students in grades 7-12 may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult in the course.

Be sure to download and review the Student Contract from the Home Page in the Main Menu block.

Last date of enrollment: June 25, 2018 

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Session 1

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Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. Students in grades 7-12 may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult in the course. 

Meeting place to be announced in Hernando County.

Dates: 

Session 1: Friday May 25 (6pm) - Sunday May 27 (4pm)

Program fee: $50/person. This fee is non-refundable.

Be sure to click on the document for the details before registering! 

THIS COURSE HAPPENS RAIN OR SHINE. WE ARE OUT IN THE VERY EARLY MORNING!

Last date to enroll: May 19, 2018

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Session 2 (M-CAP):

  This course curricula is the same as Session 1

Preregistration is required and spaces are limited. The non-refundable registration fee is $50.00/person. Students in grades 7-12 may participate if accompanied by a responsible adult in the course. Be sure to click on the document for the details before registering!    Session 1 : Friday, July 6 (6pm) - Sunday, July 8 (4pm). Meeting place to be announced in Hernando County.

THIS COURSE HAPPENS RAIN OR SHINE. WE ARE OUT IN THE VERY EARLY MORNING!


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