Leon County

April 7 - June 16, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am EST on April 3, 2017
(Course Code: cs17-11)

Classroom Facilities Information

Tallahassee Museum
3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310

UF/IFAS Extension Leon County: Auditorium
615 Paul Russell Road , Tallahassee, FL 32301-7060

FSU Coastal Marine Lab (CML)
3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, FL 32358-2702

Instructors Information

Leads: Rosalyn Kilcollins, Consultant
Will Sheftall, Extension Agent IV Natural Resources (Retired)
Associate: Holly Ober, Extension Specialist, Wildlife, Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology
Assistants: Barb Shoplock, Saturday-at-the-Sea Programs Director, FSU CML
Donna Ingle, Green Guide
Billy Booth, PhotoNaturalist
Organization: Rosalyn F. Kilcollins Consulting
Phone: 850-570-8889 (Rosalyn)
Email: Roztally@embarqmail.com

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, April 7, 2017
Tallahassee Museum
9:00am - 11:45am Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Presentations: Ecology, Coastal Uplands
Final Group Project Discussion
11:45am - 12:30pm Video: Beach and Dune Systems
12:30pm – 4:30pm Field Trip: Bald Point State Park, Franklin County
coastal scrub, marsh and beach

Day 2 Friday, April 28, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am – 10:45am Project Planning; Herpitiles Presentation
10:45am – 12:00pm Interpretation Presentation
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch & Video: Estuaries
12:45pm - 2:00pm Mammals Presentations

Day 3 Friday, May 12, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am – 11:45am Marine and Estuarine Environments Presentation
Inverts I & II Presentation
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch (and prepare for field trip)
12:30pm - 4:30pm Field Trip: Goose Bayou Paddle trip or Bottoms Road
coastal birds and habitats

Day 4 Friday, May 26, 2017
9:00am - 9:15am Sign In, Overview of Marine Lab
9:15am - 11:15pm Fish Presentation
Plankton Lab
11:15pm - 12:15pm Marsh & Flats Explore
12:15pm - 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm - 1:45pm Fish Lab & cleanup
1:45pm - 4:00pm Prepare for field, Boat Trip
4:00pm - 4:30pm Wrap Up

Day 5 Friday, June 2, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am - 11:15am Project Planning, Ethics Presentation, Plankton Activity
11:15am – 11:45am Video: Nearshore Environments
11:45pm - 12:30pm Lunch & Project Planning
12:30pm – 2:00pm General Birds & Waterbirds Presentation

Day 6 Friday, June 9, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm Field Trip: St. Joe Bay & St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
snorkeling, seining & bottom sampling in seagrass, tidal creek, salt marsh, beach, nearshore bottom and dunes

Day 7 Friday, June 16, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am – 10:00am Video: Society and Coasts
Prepare for Project Presentations
10:00am – 12:00pm Project Presentations
12:00pm-12:45pm Luncheon
12:45pm - 2:00pm Project Presentations (cont), Graduation


• 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.

• Approximate times and class topics order may change.

• Transportation is not included (except when van is available from Extension office as announced in schedule or class)

• Course time schedule does not include your travel time before or after class to and from class meeting locations.

• Must bring lunch and water bottle for each class—No time or convenient locations to buy food.

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.

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. Use herbal insect repellant or with DEET on clothing and herbal insect repellants on skin.


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