Pinellas County

November 29 - December 1, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: CR17-04)

Classroom Facilities Information

Tampa Bay Watch: Community Room
3000 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL, 33715


Instructors Information

Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
and
Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC – Environmental Education, Ethical Ecotours, Nature Products
Phone: 727-397-2306
Email: jmurphy@sensingnature.com
Website:www.sensingnature.com



Tentative Course Agenda

Please be sure that you read the schedule, including ‘Guidelines,’ prior to class. Your instructors, Jeanne and Brian, will provide additional information, including maps and directions to field trip locations via email approximately 3 days prior to class starting.

• Students Need to Carpool to Regional Field Sites
• No Restroom Facilities at Field Sites
• Classroom Location is in Pinellas County
• Approximate Times May Change
• Transportation, Lunches Not Included
• Required: Wearing Closed-toe Shoes and Bringing Drinking Water on Field Trips
• Course Time Schedule Does Not Include Your Travel Time Before or After Class

Day 1 Wednesday, November 29, 2017 
  Classroom: Living Shorelines & Oyster Reefs
8:00am – 9:15am Orientation to Course, Objectives and Overview
9:15am – 9:45am Coastal Shoreline Restoration Mixer Activity
9:45am – 11:45am "Living Shorelines” presentation
“Oyster Reefs” presentation
11:45am – 12:00pm

Questions & Answers; Field Trip Logistics;
Discuss Homework Assignment—Bring to Next Class 1 Recent (within 5-7 years) Oyster Reef or Mangrove Restoration Study to Share with Class

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Travel to Field Site; Lunch – always bring a sack lunch; no time to stop Carpool from our classroom to our field site; limited parking at field site.

  Field Trip: Oyster Reef Project at Fantasy Island;
Visit Other Restoration Sites in Area, Hillsborough County
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Participate in an Oyster Reef Project! Accompany barge to Fantasy Island where oyster domes are pushed off the barge and maneuvered (by us) in the water until they are at the shoreline’s future reef location.

  • Meet at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 8749 U.S. 41, Riverview, FL 33578
  • There are no restrooms at field site
  • Wear tight laced, closed-toe shoes; No open-toe shoes allowed, no exceptions.
  • Must bring water to drink; make a sustainable choice – use refillable bottles.
  • Prepare to wade in water up to your waist.
  • Wear old field clothes, including long pants and long sleeves to avoid cuts from oysters (lightweight ‘fishing-style’ works well).
  • Bring change of clothes and bag to hold wet, muddy clothes and shoes.
3:00pm – 5:30pm Field Trip Continued: Visit Other Restoration Sites in Area


Day 2 Thurday, November 30, 2017
  Classroom: Mangrove Restoration
8:00am – 9:00am Review; Share Your Homework Case Study
9:00am – 11:30am “Mangrove Restoration” presentation
11:30am – 12:00pm Questions & Answers; Field Trip Logistics;
Discuss Homework Assignment—Bring to Next Class 1 Recent (within 5-7 years) Mangrove or Salt Marsh Restoration Study to Share with Class
12:00pm – 1:30pm Travel to Field Site; Lunch – always bring a sack lunch; no time to stop Carpool from our classroom to our field site; limited parking at field site.
 

Field Trip: Guided Hikes of Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, & Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration Project, Hillsborough County

  • There are no restrooms at field sites.
  • Wear tight laced, closed-toe shoes; No open-toe shoes allowed, no exceptions
  • Must bring water to drink; make a sustainable choice – use refillable bottles.
  • Wear old field clothes, including long pants and long sleeves for your protection from plants and insects (lightweight ‘fishing-style’ works well).
  • Areas we will be visiting are growing and naturalizing; walking areas may be uneven, sandy, or muddy natural substrates.
  • Bring change of clothes and bag to hold wet, muddy clothes and shoes.
1:30pm – 3:00pm Visit Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve – Tampa Bay’s most pristine
aquatic preserve
3:00pm – 5:30pm Visit Rock Ponds Ecosystem Restoration Project – Largest restoration project ever accomplished in Tampa Bay! Guest field trip leaders Brandt Henningsen, Chief Advisor Environmental Scientist; & Nancy Norton, Co-project Manager, SWFWMD


Day 3 Friday, December 1, 2017
  Classroom: Saltmarsh Restoration
8:00am – 9:00am Review; Share Your Homework Case Study
9:00am – 11:15am “Saltmarsh Restoration” presentation
11:15am – 11:30am Questions & Answers; Field Trip Logistics
11:00pm – 1:30pm Travel to Field Site; Lunch – always bring a sack lunch; no time to stop Carpool from our classroom to our field site; limited parking at field site.
 

Field Trip: Saltmarsh Restoration
At Port Manatee & Apollo Beach, Hillsborough County

  • There are no restrooms at field sites.
  • Wear tight laced, closed-toe shoes; No open-toe shoes allowed, no exceptions
  • Must bring water to drink; make a sustainable choice – use refillable bottles.
  • Wear old field clothes, including long pants and long sleeves to avoid irritation from carrying and installing plants (lightweight ‘fishing-style’ works well).
  • Areas we will be visiting are growing and naturalizing; walking areas may be uneven, sandy, or muddy natural substrates.
  • Bring change of clothes and bag to hold wet, muddy clothes and shoes
1:00pm – 2:30pm Meet at Port Manatee - Participate in harvesting marsh plants at this ‘donor site’
2:30pm – 3:00pm Drive from Port Manatee (donor site) to Apollo Beach (restoration site)
3:00pm – 4:30pm Apollo Beach – Make tomorrow better by planting marsh plants at
restoration site
4:30pm – 5:30pm At Field Site: Post-test, Wrap-up, & Graduate!

CSR Guidelines

  • Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Tampa Bay Watch in the Community Room, unless otherwise instructed. This is near the entrance to Fort De Soto Park. In the classroom, it might be warm or cool—please, dress accordingly.

    Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances (this rarely happens). It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

    Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes.

    Missing a class or a field trip:

    • You cannot miss a classroom session or field trip session and still become certified.
    • If you miss a session, the University of Florida will not issue you a certification for this class, but please keep coming to as many sessions as possible…this is your course.

    Student Carpooling is Necessary for Field Trips and is up to students to arrange.

    Flexible Schedule:

    • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
    • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
    • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

    Food & Drinks! Both are allowed in the classroom. Please, absolutely no ‘Styrofoam’ containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

    Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

    Field Recommendations:

    • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates like mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems), flies.
    • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.

    Suggested field clothes:

    • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
    • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs). Long pants and long sleeves help you avoid scratches from plants and possible direct contact with poison ivy.
    • Wear Only Closed-toe Shoes. No sandals, flip flops, etc. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel.
    • It might be very warm or very cool on our field trips—please, dress accordingly

    Suggested field items:

     Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a complete change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).



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