St. Johns County

February 26-28, 2018
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: CR18-01)

Classroom Facilities Information

The Players Community Center
175 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082

GTM Research Reserve
505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Instructors Information

Leads: Kelly Ussia, Naturalist, St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Carol Wyninger, Volunteer, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Organizations: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Phone: 904-209-0335 (Kelly)


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, February 26, 2018  (The Players CC)
9:00am – 10::00am Welcome, Introductions & Pre-Test
10:00am – 12:00pm Living Shorelines Presentation
Oyster Reefs Presentation
12:00pm – 1:00pm Working Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm Travel to GTM Research Reserve to learn about oyster reef restorations and monitoring. Visit oyster reef demonstration site and meet with scientists that do oyster reef monitoring.

Day 2 Tuesday, February 27, 2018  (GTMRR)
9:00am – 11::00am Salt Marsh Restoration Presentation
11:00am – 12:00pm Salt Marsh Diversity Activity
12:00pm – 1:00pm Working Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm Field Trip: Learn about local living shoreline projects and importance of spartina. Possibility of visiting local projects that have been installed, what has worked and hasn’t worked. Learn about the process to put in a living shoreline and things to be aware of.

Day 3 Wednesday, February 28, 2018  (The Players CC)
9:00am – 11::00am Mangrove Restoration
11:00am – 12:00pm Mangroves - Guest Speakers: Danni Lippi and Janice Price
12:00pm – 1:00pm Working Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm Field Trip: Identify different species of mangroves, discuss local and state regulations regarding mangroves. Learn about mangrove monitoring.
Post-Test and Graduation

Special Instructions

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

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

Students need to bring lunch and water bottle to all classes.

More details will be provided prior to the first class. Most activities will be outside in a shoreline environment and may involve walking or paddling for 2-4 hours.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed a national and international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension.


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