Lessons in a variety of outdoor activities such as fresh and salt water fishing, bay fishing, boat safety, hunting skills and techniques for small game and deer, tree stand safety, training in GPS systems and Boat Smart certification will all be offered as part of a new Environmental Education course at Northwest Florida State College. Offered through the college’s Continuing Education program, the non-credit course will focus on hands-on seminars and excursions while participants learn about the outdoor opportunities available in our geographic area. The course is open to adults of all ages or to youth age 16 and older. Youth younger than 16 must have a parent or guardian enrolled in the course along with them.

The leisure learning Environmental Education course is offered with no tests or grades, but successful completion will lead to the Boat Smart certification. Registration is now being accepted for two sessions offered from June 18 to June 29 and from July 9 to July 20. The class meets both sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the workshop. Course organizers note that in addition to honing practical outdoor skills, the class will focus on the conservation of our natural resources.

Individuals who are current or previous NWFSC students may enroll for the non-credit workshop on-line through the college's RaiderNet online registration system. New students should enroll in-person at any of the college's seven area locations. Register for course number XRL 6023, Northwest Florida Environmental Education. For information, contact the NWFSC Continuing Education Division at 729-6085.