Collier County

March 6 - 27, 2017
Course and the wait list have filled.
(Course Code: cs17-01)
Max of 15 students

Classroom Facilities Information

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Days 1 -5: Field Station at 10 Shell Island Road, Naples, FL, 34113
(Please don't use your GPS. Registrants will received detailed directions weeks prior to the first class.)

Day 6: Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL, 34113

Instructors Information

Leads: David Graff, Education Specialist and Sarah Falkowski, Education Coordinator

Associates: Renee Wilson, Communications Coordinator and Randy McCormick, Naturalist Guide
Organization: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Phone: 239-593-5970 (David)
Email: david.graff@dep.state.fl.us
Website: www.rookerybay.org



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, March 6, 2017
Field Station
8:30am - 12:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Presentation: Environmental Interpretation
Supplemental Video: Interpretation
Final Group Project Discussion
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Ethics
Video: Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society
Presentation: Coastal Ecology
Field Trip: Henderson Creek Water Quality Monitoring


Day 2 Thursday, March 9, 2017
Field Station
8:30am - 12:00pm Presentation: Uplands
Supplemental Special Activity: binocular demo and practice
Presentation: Herptiles (Reptiles and Amphibians)
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Field trip: Coastal Scrub and Neighboring Habitats
Presentation: Marine/Estuarine Habitats
Video: Estuarine Systems
Presentation: Coastal Water Birds


Day 3 Monday, March 13, 2017
Field Station
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Tigertail Beach, Marco Island
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Presentation: General Birds
Video: Beach and Dune Systems
Project Work Time
Presentation: Saltwater Fish


Day 4 Thursday, March 16, 2017
Field Station
8:30am - 12:00pm Field trip: Cannon/Sea Oat and Keewaydin Islands
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Invertebrates 1
Video: Nearshore Environments
Presentation: Invertebrates 2


Day 5 Monday, March 20, 2017
Field Station
8:30am - 12:00pm Trawl, Rookery Islands, Microplastics Sampling
12:00pm - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Mammals
Project Work Time
Microplastics results

No class on Thursday, March 23, 2017


Day 6 Monday, March 27, 2017
ELC
8:30am - 12:00pm Group Project Presentations, Paperwork, Evaluations, Volunteer Opportunities
12:00pm - 1:30pm Graduation potluck lunch (optional, if class interested)

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

This course takes place at multiple locations. Specific details will be sent to registrants at least 1 week prior to start of class.

This is a proposed agenda only. Field Trip locations, activities & times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Rookery Bay staff will communicate changes in a timely manner, however, it is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation (excluding boat-based field trips only) and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes.

Missing a class or a field trip:
You can miss 1 classroom session and 1 field trip session (typically the equivalent of one day) during the course and still become certified as a Coastal Habitats Florida Master Naturalist. (If a teacher, check with your school board for their requirements.) If classroom or field trip time is missed, a supplemental activity may be assigned in its place.



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