Polk County

March 13-15, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 8, 2018
(Course Code: S18-02)

Classroom Facility Information

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33830


Instructors Information

Lead: Tabitha Biehl, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator
Associate: Pam McDonald, Florida Master Naturalist and volunteer
Guest Lecturer: Shannon Carnevale, Natural Resources and Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Organization: Polk County Environmental Lands Program
Phone: 863-668-4673 x 201
Email: tabithabiehl@polk-county.net
Website: www.polknature.com




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Biological Diversity
9:00am - 9:15am Introductions
9:15am - 9:30am Conservation Science Pre-Test
9:30am - 9:45am Learning Objectives & Overview
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 11:30am Biological Diversity
11:30am - 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip/Exercise
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip/Exercise
4:30pm - 5:00pm Post-test, Evaluation, and Comments


Day 2 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Ecosystem Integrity
9:00am - 9:15am Introductions
9:15am - 9:30am Learning Objectives & Overview
9:30am - 9:45am Ecosystem Integrity
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 11:30am Continue Ecosystem Integrity
11:30am - 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip/Exercise
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip/Exercise
4:30pm - 5:00pm Post-test, Evaluation, and Comments


Day 3 Thursday, March 15, 2018

Conservation Strategies for Sustainable Ecosystems

9:00am - 9:15am Introductions
9:15am - 9:30am Learning Objectives & Overview
9:30am - 9:45am Conservation Strategies for Sustainable Ecosystems
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 11:30am Continue Conservation Strategies for Sustainable Ecosystems
11:30am - 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip/Exercise
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip/Exercise
4:30pm - 5:00pm Post-test, Evaluation, Comments, and Graduation


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

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.



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