Pinellas County

May 31 - June 2, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 25, 2017.
(Course Code: I17-01)

Classroom Facility Information

Weedon Island Preserve: Cultural Center
1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

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

Day 1 Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Interpretative Presentations Workshop
  Interpretive Presentations: Provide participants with skills needed to develop and deliver high-quality
interpretive presentations.
8:30am - 9:15am Orientation to Environmental Interpretation Course, Objectives, Overview and Class Mixer
9:15am - 11:00am “Interpretative Presentations”
11:00am - 11:15am Break
11:15am - 12:00pm Group Activity—Case Studies
Live Bird of Prey Presentation
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site
12:30pm – 12:45pm Review Interpretative Presentations Concepts
12:45pm – 2:15pm Work in a Group on Indoors “Interpretative Presentation Practical Activity” As a group, determine your group’s indoors Interpretative Presentation topic. Then, each group member is to write a theme based on this topic with at least 3 of the 7 messages that you think are most important. Compare, and then work together on your one, agreed-upon message creating a presentation outline that you will be sharing with the class.
2:15pm – 4:00pm Present an Outline of your Fun, Low Stress Indoors Group Interpretative Presentation
4:00pm – 4:10pm Break
4:10pm – 5:00pm Review; Next Class & Wrap-up Homework Assignments
• Individually – Next class, bring an example to share with the class of a good or bad Guided Interpretative Program (within 1-3 minutes describe YouTube video, tell about personal experience, etc.)
• Begin discussions about Friday’s homework o Group – Homework Group Practical Activity: Designing an Interpretative Display. Work with your group to create an interpretative display using case study from course materials.


Day 2 Thursday, June 1, 2017
Guided Interpretative Programs Workshop
  Guided Interpretive Programs: Provide participants with skills needed to develop and deliver high-quality guided interpretive programs.
8:30am - 9:15am Introduction, Learning Objectives, Overview
9:15am - 10:45am “Guided Interpretive Programs” with Breakout Activities & Discussions
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 11:50pm Group Activity—Case Studies 1 & 2
11:50pm – 12:00pm Summary
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site
12:30pm – 1:15pm Review; Discuss Homework Examples of Guided Interpretative Programs
1:15pm – 2:30pm Work on Your “Guided Interpretive Program” with Partners
2:30pm – 4:30pm Outdoors: Practical Experience—Present Your Outline for Guiding an Outdoor Interpretative Program
4:30pm – 5:00pm Wrap Up Work on Homework Assignments
• Individually – Next class, bring an example to share with the class of a good or bad Interpretative Display, Brochure or Kiosk (photos on flash drive, printed image, tell about it, etc.)
• Group – Homework Group Practical Activity: Designing an Interpretative Display. Work with your group to create an interpretative display using case study from course materials.


Day 3 Friday, June 2, 2017
Interpretative Displays Workshop
  Interpretive Displays: Provide participants with skills needed to develop and deliver high-quality interpretive displays.
8:30am - 8:45am Review; Learning Objectives, Overviews
8:45am - 10:30am “Interpretive Displays”
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:30am Case Studies; Share Your Homework Examples of Interpretative Displays
11:30am – 12:00pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site
12:00pm – 1:30pm Visit Weedon’s Cultural Center and Discuss Displays
1:30pm – 2:30pm Application Activity - Time to Work on Group Interpretative Displayspm
2:30pm – 4:00pm Indoors: Presentations of Your Group Interpretative Displays
4:00pm – 5:00pm Finish any remaining course materials
Graduation!

FMNP Environmental Interpretation Class Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Weedon Island Preserve in the Cultural Center Classroom unless otherwise instructed. It might be very warm or very cool inside or outside—please, dress accordingly.

Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances (this rarely happens). Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time.

Missing a class or a field trip:

  • You cannot miss a classroom session or field trip session and still become certified in Environmental Interpretation.
  • 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 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 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.

Food & Drinks! 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.

If the Weather Cooperates, We will Apply the FMNP Teachings to On-site Examples. For Your Comfort, Here are Some 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, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
  • Be aware that you may be experiencing a variety of environments if outdoors. It might be very warm or very cool indoors and outside—please, dress accordingly. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate close-toed and comfortable foot wear for the day, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
  • Please wear close-toed shoes. The site may not be level or easy to travel in open-toed shoes.
  • Suggested field items: water, snacks, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, change of clothes.


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