Monroe County

January 22-24, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on January 19, 2018
(Course Code: S18-01)

Classroom Facilities Information

Key West Sea Turtle Museum (KWSTM)
200 Margaret Street, Key West, FL 33040

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum (MFMHM)
200 Greene Street, Key West, FL 33040

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (FZTSP)
601 Howard England Way,Key West, FL 33040

Instructor Information

Lead: Shelly Krueger, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Monroe County
Phone: 305-292-4501

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, January 22, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Presentation: Conservation Science
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch at Turtle Kraals Restaurant
1:00pm - 4:00pm Presentations, Video: Biological Diversity
Guest Speaker: Ralph Capone, Key West Sea Turtle Club – local sea turtle conservation

Day 2 Tuesday, January 23, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Presentations & video: Ecosystem Integrity
Guest speaker: Cory Malcom, director of archaeology at the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum – turtle conservation and history of turtle canning industry in
Key West
12:00pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Guided tour at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
Presentation & video: Conservation Strategies for Sustainable Ecosystems

Day 3 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Eco-Discovery Center and FZTSP
9:00am - 12:00pm Boat field trip to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seagrass restoration sites or Horseshoe Crab Conservation and Tagging for FWC stock assessment
12:00pm - 1:00pm Bag lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Snorkel Mote Marine Lab coral restoration sites at Fort Zachary Taylor
6:00pm Meet at Nature Beach for graduation and post-tests
6:30pm - 9:00pm Nature Beach: Light pollution, marine debris and astronomy presentations and telescopes


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, but we will assist with carpooling to field trips. 

There is paid parking near Key West Turtle Museum, (with a Key West residential parking sticker, residents may park for free in lots adjacent to the museum).  Key West Turtle Museum is located near Half Shell and Turtle Kraals restaurants, corner of Caroline and Margaret Street.

Please bring your own mask, snorkel and fins. If you do not have these items, we have a limited number available.

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.

• Wear close-toe shoes that can get wet to protect feet.  Bring hats, sunglasses and water.

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.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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