Volusia County

September 28-30, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 22, 2017.
(Course Code: I17-04)

Classroom Facility Information

Marine Discovery Center (MDC)
520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Instructors Information

Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Assistant: Charity Jackson, Naturalist Guide and Narrator
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: chad@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, September 28, 2017
9:00am -10:00am Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork and Icebreaker Activity
10:00am -12:30pm Interpretive Presentations
12:30pm -1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm -2:30pm Guest Presenter
2:30pm - 5:00pm Field Trip – Interpretive Kayak and Walking Tours
***Closed toe shoes required


Day 2 Friday, September 29, 2017
9:00am – 9:20am Welcome, Sign in and Coffee
9:20am – 1:00pm Field Trip – Boat trip to Island and lunch on return boat trip
***Be prepared to get wet – closed toe shoes required
1:00pm – 2:00pm Guided Interpretive Programs Presentation and Activity
2:00pm – 3:00pm Guest Presenter
3:00pm - 4:00pm Guest Presenter
4:00pm - 5:00pm Guest Presenter


Day 3 Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome, Sign in and Coffee
9:30am – 10:30am Interpretive Displays Presentation and Activity
10:30am – 11:30am Guest Presenter
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 2:00pm Guest Presenter
2:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip – Guided Boat Tour
4:00pm - 5:00pm Post Test, Evaluations and Graduation


Special Notes

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

• Be prepared to get wet during field trips. Closed toed water shoes, sun protection, insect repellent and a change of clothes are needed for most field trips.

• 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.

• Transportation and lunches are not included. Coffee and water will be provided. Please bring a reusable water bottle and coffee mug.

• Carpooling suggested.

Optional Nocturnal Discoveries Experience
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 – 10:00 p.m.
Our boat will take us to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a trip to the mouth of Callalisa Creek for lighted, underwater fish viewing. Then we’ll move on to Chicken Island for a night-time explorative walk. Dinner price not included. Call to reserve your spot. (386)428-4828 Cost $40

Hotel Info
Our community loves and wants to encourage responsible ecotourism so for those coming from out of town, the following hotels have graciously offered to hold rooms until August 25th at the rates below.

Buena Vista Inn: $90 apartment style; $70 regular rooms www.buenavistainn.com
500 N Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 · < 1 mi (386) 428-5565

Best Western SNB: $130/night Wednesday and Thursday (Sept 27, 28) and $140 Friday (Sept 29) www.bestwestern.com 1401 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 · ~1.8 mi (386) 426-0020

Night Swan: $159 single occupancy; $169 dbl occupancy www.nightswan.com 512 S Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 · < 1 mi (386) 423-4940



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