Sarasota County

August 31 - September 22, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs17-18)
Max of 18 students

Classroom Facility Information

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Office
Twin Lakes Park: Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241

Instructor Information

Lead: Armando Ubeda, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Organization: Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension
Phone: 941-400-9811

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:00am - 11:00am Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
11:00am-12:00pm Ecology of Coastal Systems
12:00pm - 1:00pm Video: Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society
1:00pm – 2:00pm Marine and Estuarine Habitats
2:00pm – 2:30pm Discuss Field Trip prep, Final Group Project Discussion

Day 2 Friday, September 1, 2017
8:30am-10:30am Field Trip – Estuarine Habitats
10:30am-11:30am Coastal Upland Habitats
11:30am-12:30pm Video – Estuarine Systems
12:30pm-1:30pm Coastal Water Birds
1:30pm-2:00pm Wrap Up, Discuss Field Trips

Day 3 Tuesday, September 5, 2017
8:30am-11:30am Invertebrates I & II and Saltwater Fish
11:30am-12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Field Trip - 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
Wrap Up

Day 4 Thursday, September 7, 2017
8:30am-9:30am Mammals
9:30am-10:30am Dolphins of Sarasota
10:30-11:30am Manatees in Florida
11:30am-12:30pm Video – Nearshore Environment
12:30pm-1:30pm Interpretation – Interpretive Programs
1:30pm-2:00pm Final Projects Discussion

Day 5 Friday, September 8, 2017
9:00am-1:30pm Field Trip – De Soto National Memorial Florida

Day 6

Monday, September 11, 2017

8:30am-9:30am Reptiles and Amphibians
9:30am-10:00am Invasive Species
10:00am-11:00am Video – Beach and Dune Systems
11:00am-12:00pm Marine Debris
12:00pm-2:00pm Project topics deadline and project working groups

Day 7

Friday, September 15, 2017

8:30am-11:00am Field Trip - Mangrove
11:00am-12:30pm Lunch and travel back to classroom
12:30pm-1:30pm Ethics in Environmental Education and Eco-Heritage Tourism
1:30pm-2:00pm Wrap Up

Day 8

Friday, September 22, 2017

8:30am-12:00pm Project Presentations
12:30pm-12:30pm Post-test
12:30pm-2:00pm Graduation and Potluck

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