Levy County

March 22 - April 17, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-05)

Classroom Facility Information

Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab - FWC
11350 SW 153rd Ct., Cedar Key, FL 32625

Instructors Information

Lead: Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Florida Sea Grant Agent
Assistant: Travis Thomas
Organization: UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Phone: 804-305-6014
Email: savanna.barry@ufl.edu
Website: ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/outreach/

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, March 22, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Presentation: Coastal Ecology
Final Group Project Discussion
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Field: Estuary Wading Trip

Day 2 Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Presentation: Mammals
9:45 AM – 12:15 PM Field: Travel to Seahorse Key Marine Lab
Presentations: Upland Habitats, Reptiles and Amphibians
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Field: Seahorse Key Estuarine Habitats Exploration

Day 3 Wednesday, March 29, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Presentations: General Coastal Birds, Waterbirds, Coastal Fish
Video: Florida’s Estuaries
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Field: Nesting Bird Trip – Snake Key

Day 4 Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Videos: Coastal Systems and Society, Florida’s Coastal Uplands
Presentations: Coastal Ethics, Interpretation
Group Project Planning
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Field: Southern Cross Sea Farms and Joe Rains Living Shoreline

Day 5 Monday, April 3, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Presentations: Invertebrates I and II
Activity: Hands on Shell Lab
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Break for Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Student Lightening Rounds

OPTIONAL Wednesday, April 5, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Group Presentation Work
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Paddling Trip (Extra cost associated with kayak rental)

No class the week of April 10th – work on group projects

Day 6 Monday, April 17, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Final Project Presentations
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Break for Lunch
12:45 PM – 4:00 PM Post-test, Evaluations
Graduation ceremony

Special Instructions:

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the Senator George Kirkpatrick FWC Marine Lab in Cedar Key (11350 SW 153rd Ct.).

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. 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 Systems Florida Master Naturalist.
  • The time and material must be made-up with an instructor’s approval before the material is missed and after the material is made-up.
  • If you miss more than 2 sessions, the University of Florida will not certify you as a naturalist, but please keep coming to as many classes as possible…this is your class.
  • Make-up time frame: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material.

    Student Carpooling is Suggested (up to students to arrange)

    Flexible Schedule:

    • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
    • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
    • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

    Food & Drinks! These are allowed in the classroom. Please, absolutely no “Styrofoam” containers during the course (take-out containers, coffee). Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day

    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.
    • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, stingrays, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.

    Field clothes:

    • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes
    • • Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots/water shoes or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
    • Must wear close-toed shoes. Oyster bars, shells, and other sharp objects may be encountered.
    • It might be very hot or quite cool on our field trips depending on the weather—please, dress accordingly. It is suggested that you wear loose, long pants that you do not mind getting wet. Bring layers, such as a light jacket, in case you get cold on boat rides

    Suggested field items:

    • Bring: WATER, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).

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