​​​​​​​​​​Serving Lee County through Education & Training

Our mission is to respond to Lee County issues and needs through customized education and training in agriculture/natural resources, horticulture, 4-H/youth development, marine education, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, and family and consumer sciences.

​For more information visit the UF/IFAS Lee County E​xtension Services website or call 239-533-IFAS(4327).

Master Gardeners at Terry Park 

Do You Want to Become a Master Gardener?

​The UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Service will conduct our next Master Gardener training (only on Fridays) from Friday August 04 to Friday November 17, 2017. This 15-week comprehensive course will offer students thorough training on basic botany, agriculture, horticulture and on the principles of Florida’s unique and delicate horticultural ecology. 

Download the Application to your computer.  Fill it out and submit it by email (click email from the application) or print it out and mail the completed form to Master Gardener Training 2017, UF/IFAS Extension, 3410 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33916. The selection committee will follow up with additional information including acceptance criteria and payment details.

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Classes

Learn the principals of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) using low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Lee County Extension Master Gardeners will provide materials and instructions on the nine principals of creating and maintaining a “Florida-Friendly Yard.”  This program will teach you how to cultivate a beautiful landscape that can save you time, energy and money while protecting our delicate South Florida environment. 

When: Friday, Nov. 3, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral
When: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 - 7 p.m.
Where: Mound House, 451 Connecticut Street, Fort Myers Beach

Registration & Cost: Free.  No registration necessary.

For information regarding the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program, contact Stephen H. Brown at 239-533-7513 or email fyn@leegov.com

Hurricane Recovery for Your Landscaping

Extension agents from the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) program will provide instruction for rehabilitating storm-damaged plants. In part one, Extension Agents will offer instruction in the role fertilizers, pruning, staking and irrigation play in the plant recovery process. Participants will also learn about wind-resistant, Florida-friendly plants, trees and shrubs. In part two, participants will learn all about gardening with Bromeliads. These tropical, low-maintenance plants come in a variety of colors and are adaptable to shade or full sun areas.  

When: Friday, Nov. 17, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Fort Myers Beach Public Library, 2755 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33937.
Registration & Cost: Free. No registration necessary.

For information regarding the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods program, contact Stephen H. Brown at 239-533-7513 or email fyn@leegov.com.

Coastal Planning Workshop on Fort Myers Beach

UF/IFAS Lee County Extension Services will host a coastal planning workshop on Fort Myers Beach Nov. 17. These areas are particularly ecologically sensitive and there is an array of regulations and environmental concerns to consideration. The workshop is ideal for land managers, ecologists, arborists, builders, landscaper, homeowner association (HOA) representatives.  The workshop includes a catered lunch. Full workshop agenda available on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coastal-plant-regulations-workshop-tickets-39054000567.  

When: Friday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Where: Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road, Cape Coral

Registration & Cost: No registration necessary. $16 via Eventbrite or $20 at the door.

For information, contact Stephen H. Brown at 239-533-7513 or email brownsh@leegov.com

Family Nutrition Program

Check out the latest edition of Healthy Times, our monthly newsletter.

Farmer's Markets:  Purchase quality produce which is typically less than grocery stores and support local growers!  There are two local farmer's market that are open year round.  

  • River District Farmers Market:  Centennial Park parking lot.
  • Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket: 10091 McGregor Blvd.