Volusia County

February 17 - March 24, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-09)

Classroom Facility Information

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

Instructors Information

Lead: Chad Truxall , Executive Director
Associate: Joel Wooster
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: chad@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 17, 2017
(Human Dimensions)
9:00am -11:00am Introductions, Pretest, Presentations – Ethics / Interpretation
11:00am -1:15pm Field Trip (on boat) Intro Eco Tour
1:45pm -2:45pm Presentation: Raptors
2:45pm -3:30pm Conclusion- Ethics / Interpretations
3:30pm - 4:00pm Student Projects

Day 2 Friday, February 24, 2017
(Fish, Herptiles)
9:00am -10:30am Presentation - Plankton
10:30am -1:15pm Field Trip (on boat)- Seine Netting
1:30pm -3:00pm Presentation - Sea Turtles
3:00pm -4:00pm Presentations -Reptiles / Amphibians

Day 3 Friday, March 3, 2017
9:00am -1:15pm Field Trip (on boat), Invertebrate Discovery
1:30pm -3:00pm Presentations - Invertebrate I and II
3:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Mollusks
4:00pm - 4:15pm Explore Volusia

Day 4 Friday, March 10, 2017
(Birds and Mammals)
9:00am -11:00am Presentations: Birds
11:00am - 12:15pm Presentation: Right Whales
12:45pm -4:00pm Field Trip – Kayaking & Shoreline Restoration
4:00pm - 4:15pm Project Discussions

Day 5 Friday, March 17, 2017
(Ecology and Habitats)
9:00am -10:30am Presentations: Sharks
10:30am -12:00pm Presentation: Coral Ecology / Lionfish
1:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip - Canaveral National Seashore: Coastal Plants

Day 6 Friday, March 24, 2017
9:00am -10:30am Presentation: FL Conservation Issues
10:30am - 12:00pm Final Project Presentations
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Final Project Presentations

Special Instructions:

Field Trips – Be prepared to get wet during Field Trips.

Please bring a towel, change of clothes, close-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, water and a sense of adventure!

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