Palm Beach County

May 2 - June 10, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 2, 2017
(Course Code: cs17-13)

Classroom Facilities Information

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC)
114200 US Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL, 33408

Blowing Rocks Preserve (BRP)
574 South Beach Road, Hobe Sound, FL, 33455

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center (GLNC)
1801 N. Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 33432

Instructor Information

Lead: Chris Lockhart, Field Biologist, Plant Ecologist and Educator, Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Associates: Caroline Hanes, Wetland/Marine Biologist, South Florida Water Management District
Molly Sims
, Advanced Master Naturalist, Retired Educator
Organization: Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Phone: 561-738-1179 (Chris)

Guest Speakers

Hannah Campbell, Environmental Programs Manager, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Brett Fitzgerald, Snook and Game Fish Foundation
Dr. Ed Petuch, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geosciences, FAU
Harvey Rudolph, Marine Biologist, Retired

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (LMC)
5:30pm - 9:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, etc
  Discuss projects
  Presentations – Coastal Ecology, Interpretation

Day 2 Saturday, May 6, 2017 (LMC)
8:30am – 5:00pm Field trip – FPL Eco-Discovery Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  Presentations - Waterbirds, Herptofauna (Herptiles), Mammals
  Video – Marine/estuarine ecology

Day 3 Saturday, May 13 2017 (LMC)
8:30am – 5:00pm Presentations – Marine/estuarine ecology, Invertebrates I, Fish
  Field Trip – Seining at John D MacArthur Beach State Park
  Guest speakers: Harvey Rudolph and Brett Fitzgerald

Day 4 Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (LMC)
5:30pm - 9:00pm Presentations - Invertebrates II
  Guest speaker, Dr. Ed Petuch: Living Mollusks of Florida and the Florida Keys
  Project topics deadline

Day 5 Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (TBA)
5:30pm - 9:00pm Presentation – Birds II, Conservation
  Panel discussion – Coastal conservation topics from various agencies

Day 6

Saturday, June 3, 2017 (BRP)

8:30am – 5:00pm Video – Vegetation
  Presentations – Coastal Uplands, Environmental Ethics
  Field Trip – Coastal Uplands and other systems at Blowing Rocks Preserve and Jupiter Island
  Project time

Day 7 Saturday, June 10, 2017 (GLNC)
8:30am – 4:30pm Field trip: Hammock boardwalk and marine life aquaria
  Evaluations, Post-test
  Final Project Presentations, Graduation


When course filled, contact Chris Lockhart to be added to a wait list.

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