Volusia County

October 6 - November 10, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-15)

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
Assistant: Charity Jackson
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: chad@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, October 6, 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
3:45pm - 4:00pm Student Projects

Day 2 Friday, October 13, 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, October 20, 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

Day 4 Friday, October 27, 2017
Birds and Mammals
9:00am -12:00pm Presentations: Birds and Mammals
1:00pm -3:30pm Field Trip – Water Quality and Habitats, Kayaking/Salt Marsh Tour
3:30pm -4:00pm Student Project Discussions

Day 5 Friday, November 3, 2017
Ecology and Habitats
9:00am -12:00pm Presentations: Ecology and Habitats
1:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip - Canaveral National Seashore

Day 6

Friday, November 10, 2017

9:00am -12:00pm Project Presentations
1:00pm -3:30pm Project Presentations
3:30pm -4:00pm Graduation

Special Instructions:

Field Trips – Be prepared to get wet. Please bring a towel, change of clothes, close-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, water and a sense of adventure!

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