July 11-17, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-14)
Classroom Facilities Information
St. Petersburg College (SPC), Seminole Campus
Seminole Public Library, Classroom LI-115
119 9200 113th Street North, Seminole, FL, 33772
Weedon Island Preserve (WIP)
1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC – Environmental Education, Ethical Ecotours, Nature Products
Tentative Course Agenda
Classroom session will be hosted at the St. Petersburg College (SPC), except on 7/12 and 7/13 when we are at Weedon Island Preserve (WIP), St. Petersburg, all day for classroom sessions and field trips.
Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather, but they will hopefully stay the same. It is the student's responsibility to verify field information.
Please be sure that you read the schedule, including Guidelines,prior to class.
Your instructors, Jeanne and Brian, will provide additional information, including maps and directions to field trip locations via email approximately 3 days prior to class starting. Looking forward to a great class!
|Day 1||Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (SPC)
Orientation to Florida; Estuaries
|8:30am - 10:30am||Orientation to the course, class mixer|
|10:45am - 12:00pm||Ecology of Coastal Systems (Jeanne)|
|12:30pm - 1:45pm||Marine & Estuarine Habitats (Brian)|
|1:45pm - 2:30pm||Video—Coastal Estuaries|
|2:45pm - 4:00pm||Saltwater Fish (Brian)|
|4:10pm - 4:45pm||Naturalist Interpretation (Jeanne)|
|4:45pm - 5:30pm||Discuss Field Trip prep, Group Projects, Interpretative Talk|
|Day 2||Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (WIP)
Nearshore Marine Seining — Field Trip
Nearshore Marine Systems — Class
|8:30am - 8:45am||Discuss Field Trips, Groups Projects, Interpretative Talks, etc.|
|8:45am - 12:00pm||Seine for Nearshore Fish & Invertebrate Species
• Gather field gear, then walk to seining field site
• Learn and apply aquatic collection techniques and species identification
• Identify fish, invertebrate, and bird species abundant in area
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Reptiles & Amphibians (Jeanne)|
|1:40pm - 2:30pm||Video—Nearshore Marine Systems|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||Coastal Water Birds (Jeanne)|
|3:40pm - 4:30pm||Invertebrates 1 (Brian)|
|4:40pm - 5:30pm||Finish any other course material—presentations and videos (Jeanne & Brian) Wrap Up; Discuss Field Trips, Group Project, etc.|
|Day 3||Thursday, July 13, 2017 (WIP)
Estuary — Field Trip /Interpretative Talks
Human Dimensions & FL’s Coastal Ecosystem — Class
|8:30am - 9:00am||Meet at Weedon Island Cultural & Natural History Center; Get Gear for Canoeing then Walk to Boat Launch at the Fishing Pier|
|9:00am - 12:30pm||Canoe some of Tampa Bay’s unique and peaceful mangrove tunnels and bays
• Some Students will Present Their Interpretative Talks
• Interpretative Talks: In pairs, some of the class will lead us through a fun, low-stress interpretive experience/talk in this beautiful estuarine county preserve.
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Invertebrates II (Brian)
|2:10pm - 3:00pm||General Birds (Jeanne)|
|3:10pm - 4:00pm||Coastal Uplands Habitats (Brian)|
|4:10pm - 4:45pm||Video—Coastal Uplands|
|4:405m - 5:30pm||Finish any other course material—presentations and videos (Jeanne & Brian) Wrap Up; Discuss Field Trips, Group Project, etc.|
|Day 4|| Friday, July 14, 2017
Coastal Uplands & Interp. Talks — Field Trip, Fort De Soto Park
Coastal Upland Habitats, Human Dimensions — Class
|8:30am - 12:30pm||Field Trip: Coastal Upland Habitats & Interpretative Talks, Barrier Free Trail,
Ft. De Soto Park, Tierra Verde
• Visit one of Florida’s best beaches—dunes, beaches, maritime forest. Globally known for its avian diversity and recreational beauty.
• Meet at Ft. DeSoto Admin Building Parking Lot—Labeled “Headquarters” on map
• Enjoy this coastal stroll while some students will lead the class in pairs on a fun, low-stress interpretive talk.
|12:30pm - 1:00pm||Lunch: Caravan to the North Beach; Bring Your Lunch and Enjoy a Coastal Picnic|
|1:00pm - 5:30pm||Field Trip: Coastal Upland Habitats & Interpretative Talks (continued), North Beach Caravan to the North Beach where the rest of the students will lead the class in pairs on a fun, low-stress interpretive talk.|
|Class: If time allows, travel to SPC, Seminole classroom to finish any remaining|
Monday, July 17, 2017 (SPC)
|8:30am - 9:00am||Discuss Estuary & Upland Field Trips, Projects, Interpretative Tour, etc.|
|9:00am - 10:00am||Mammals (Jeanne)|
|10:10am - 10:45am||Video—Society and the Coast|
|10:45am - 12:00pm||Environmental Ethics (Jeanne)|
|12:30pm - 1:00pm||Lunch: Bring a Sack Lunch to Enjoy|
|1:00pm - 5:30pm||Present Your Group Projects to the Class, Graduation|
FMNP Coastal Systems Class Guidelines
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 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. The make-up time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as much of the material builds upon itself.
- 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).
• 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, 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.
• 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, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Must wear close-toed shoes for every field trip. The field trails are not always level and oysters will cut your feet when walking in the water. Wear walking shoes or appropriate foot wear like closed-toe water shoes for each day’s field trip.
• It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.
• You must bring water with you to drink on each field trip. No exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).