Hernando County

April 2-4, 2018
Registration closes at 10:0oam EDT March 27, 2018
(Course Code: CR18-02)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
16110 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, FL 34604

Instructors Information

Leads: Brittany Hall-Scharf, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Savanna Barry, UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
Phone: 352-754-4433
Email: bhallscharf@ufl.edu

Tentative Course Agenda (revised 1/4/18)

Day 1 Monday, April 2, 2018 
8:30am – 9::00am Classroom: Welcome, Introductions & Pre-Test
9:00am – 10::30am Classroom: Living Shorelines Presentation & Activity
10:30am – 12:00pm Classroom: Oyster Reefs Presentation
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 5:30pm Field Trip: Visit Hernando Beach to learn about oyster current oyster restoration. Pending conditions: students will assist with constructing oyster bags, assist with oyster bag deployment, and/or visit restoration site via boat.

Day 2 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
8:30am – 11::00am Classroom: Salt Marsh Restoration Presentation
11:00am – 12:00pm Classroom: Salt Marsh Diversity Activity
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 5:30pm Field Trip: Learn about local living shoreline projects involving local schools and importance of marshesaround Bayport. Conditions permitting: Salt marsh paddle (kayak) along the new Bayport Linda Pedersen Trail and/or practice marsh monitoring techniques

Day 3 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 
8:30am – 11::00am Classroom: Mangrove Restoration
11:00am – 12:00pm Classroom: Mangroves - discuss local and state regulations regarding mangroves.
Guest speakers: Hannah Westervelt and Abigail Bridges from DEP)
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 5:30pm

Field Trip: Identify different species of mangroves, practice mangrove monitoring techniques.

Post-Test and Graduation

Special Instructions

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County (16110 Aviation Loop Drive, Brookville, Florida 34604).

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.

Missing a class or a field trip: Given the brevity of the course we will not be able to offer make-up material and you will not be certified if you miss a day of class.

Make-up time frame: We are not able to offer make-up material. Please plan to attend all three days of the course.

Student Carpooling is Suggested (up to students to arrange)

Flexible Schedule:

  • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
  • 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: There is a refrigerator, microwave, and water fountain at the Extension Office that will be available for use. In the best interest of time, bringing a lunch is preferred.

Field Recommendations:

  • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies.
  • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, stingrays, 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.

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: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots/water shoes or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes. Oyster bars, shells, and other sharp objects may be encountered.
  • It might be very hot or quite cool on our field trips depending on the weather—please, dress accordingly. It is suggested that you wear loose, long pants that you do not mind getting wet. Bring layers, such as a light jacket, in case you get cold on boat rides.

Suggested field items:

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

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