St. Lucie County

May 11- 19, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 8, 2017.
(Course Code: I17-03)

Classroom Facility Information

St. Lucie County's Richard E. Becker Preserve: The Ecoheritage House
3398 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
Phone: 772-462-2526

Tentative Field Trip Locations

St. Lucie County Aquarium
420 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

St. Lucie County Regional History Center
414 Seaway Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

George LeStrange Preserve
4911 Ralls Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34981

Instructors Information

Leads: Amanda Thompson, Sr. Lands Steardship & Outreach Coordinator
Wren Underwood, Environmental Education & Ecotourism Coordinator
Assistants: Marjorie Flory and Gerald Bott
Organization: St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department
Phone: 772-462-2528
Email: Thompsonam@stlucieco.org
Website: http://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/environmental-resources



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, May 11, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm Hands-on - Whittling a Theme, Meet Miss Interpretation
  Classroom - Fundamentals of Interpretation Presentation,
“Let’s go on a Frog Picnic”


Day 2 Friday, May 12, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm Field Trip - Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium and
Historical Museum
  Hands-on - Understanding and Evaluating the Impact of Interpretive Displays
  Classroom - Interpretive Displays Presentation


Day 3 Thursday, May 18, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm Field Trip - Guided Hike at George LeStrange Preserve
  Hands-on - Hidden Interpretation at Becker Trail
  Classroom - Guided Interpretive Programs Presentation


Day 4 Friday, May 19, 2017
9:30am - 4:00pm Hands-on - Authority of the Resource
  Classroom - Visitor Service Excellence Presentation & Team Presentations
  Course Wrap-up, post-test & Graduation



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