Lee County

October 17 - November 21, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-10)

Classroom Facility Information

Newton House
4650 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931

Instructors Information

Lead: Mick Curtis, Ethno Botany Interpretive guide, Matanzas Pass Preserve
Assistant: Jim Rodwell, Interpretive Guide Matanzas Pass Preserve
Organization: Friends of Matanzas Preserve, Inc.
Phone: 410-456-6753 (Mick)
Email: Mick@MickCurtis.com


Guest Speakers

Frank W. Stapor, Jr., Consulting Stratigrapher and Sedimetologist, Ph.D Florida State Geology
Tonya Clayton, Author "How to Read a Florida Gulf Coast Beach", BS Duke University,
MS University of Florida, Ph.D Old Dominion University, Oceanography
Win Everham, Professor and Program Leader of Environmental Studies, BA BS Michigan Tech Biology,
Ph.D SUNY Environmental and Forest Biology


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, October 17, 2017
8:00am – 12:00pm Introduction, Pretest,
Coastal ecology, Marine and estuary habitats,
Class activities
12:00pm – 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 4:30pm Field Trip: Lovers Key at Jonson State Park
Guest Speaker - Tonya Clayton


Day 2 Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8:00am – 12:00pm Recap, Coastal upland habitats, Class activities,
Guest Speaker - Win Everham
12:00pm – 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 4:30pm Field Trip: Matanzas Pass Preserve


Day 3 Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am Field Trip: Bunche Beach, Bird Walk
11:30am – 12:00pm Break for Lunch
12:00pm – 4:30pm Recap, Coastal invertebrates, Work on group projects, Class activities


Day 4 Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:00am – 12:15pm Reptiles, Fish, Amphibians in coastal environment, Class activities
Guest Speaker - Frank Staphor
12:15pm – 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 3:30pm Field Trip: Estero Buffer Preserve


Day 5 Tuesday, November 14, 2017
8:00am – 12:00pm Recap, General birds and mammals in coastal area, Class activities
12:00pm – 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 4:30pm Field Trip: Mound Key


Day 6 Tuesday, November 21, 2017
8:00am – 4:30pm Recap, Interpretation techniques, Ethics
  Post test, Group presentations, Graduation



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