Bay County

July 12 - September 20, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on July 10, 2018
(Course Code: CR18-13)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Bay County
2728 E 14th Street, Panama City, FL 32401

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve: Visitor's Center
3915 State Road 30-A, Port St Joe, FL 32456

Apalachicola NERR
108 Island Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328


Instructors Information

Leads: Scott Jackson, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Bay County
Erik Lovestrand, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Franklin County
Ray Bodrey, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Gulf County
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 850-866-2300 (Scott)

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, July 12, 2018  (Bay County)
9:00am – 10::00am Welcome, Introductions & Pre-Test
10:00am – 10::45am Living Shorelines presentation
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Salt Marsh presentation (Pt 1)
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm Salt Marsh presentation (Pt 2)
1:30pm – 4:00pm Visit living shoreline and oyster sites
Meet with local professionals doing living shoreline restoration, and reef monitoring. 
Visit Bay Grasses in Classes Salt Marsh hands-on activity at salt marsh nursery.

Day 2 Thursday, August 9, 2018  (St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve)
9:00am – 10:30am Mangrove Restoration presentation
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:00pm Mangrove reseach update
12:30pm – 4:30pm Coastal Processes and Sea Level Rise Field Experience
Field Identification of mangroves
Discuss migration of mangroves north
Discuss future potential for mangroves to be impact future saltmarsh restoration projects.
4:30pm Return to Buffer Preserve
5:00pm – 6:00pm Optional Dinner - Limited Lodging Available through Buffer Preserve

Day 3 Friday, August 10, 2018  (St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve)
9:00am – 12:00pm Kayak Red Mangrove, Scallops, and Saltmarsh Field Trip
Return to Buffer Preserve for Lunch

Day 4 Thursday, September 20, 2018  (Apalachicola NERR)
9:30am – 11:00am Oyster Restoration presentation
11:00am – 11:15am Break
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch/ travel to Usina Boat Ramp
12:30pm – 3:00pm Visit living shoreline marsh and oyster sites.
Update regarding oyster restoration efforts.
Learn about current living shoreline projects and local salt marsh research.
Oyster Reef as Habitat Activity.
Visit shoreline exhibits at NERR Environmental Education Center.
3:00pm – 4:30pm Post-Test, Evaluation, Graduation, Wrap-up

Special Instructions

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information.

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

Transportation and lunches are not included.

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

Field activities can take up to 2 to 4 hours and may involve wading, walking, or paddling.

An extra change of clothes and shoes is suggested.

Hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent is also recommended.

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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