St. Lucie County

October 23 - November 20, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am EST on October 18, 2017
(Course Code: cs17-19)

Classroom Facility Information

Oxbow Eco-Center
5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34983

Instructor Information

Leads: Wren Underwood, Ecotourism & Program Coordinator
and
Amanda Thompson, Sr. Lands Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator

Assistants: Kathy Petteruti, Mary Starzinski, and Marjorie Flory
Organization: St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department
Phone: 772-785-5899
Email: underwoodw@stlucieco.org
Website: www.stlucieco.gov/



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, October 23, 2017
Classroom
6:00pm - 9:30pm Welcome and Introductions
  Course Objectives
  Presentation: Ecology
  Final Project Discussion


Day 2 Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Classroom
6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Interpretation
  Introduction to Ethics, and “The Ethical Moment”
  Video: Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society


Day 3 Saturday, October 28, 2017
Field Trip to Hutchinson Island
9:00am-3:30pm Seining at Jaycee Park
  Mosquito Impoundment Tour
  Lunch
  Aquarium Tour
  Lagoon Boat Tour


Day 4 Monday, October 30, 2017
Classroom
6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Marine & Estuarine Habitats
  Plant ID Activity
  Video: Florida’s Estuarine Systems


Day 5 Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Classroom
6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Upland Habitats
  Presentation: Invertebrates 1
  Activity: Squid dissection


Day 6

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Field Trip to MacArthur Beach State Park

9:00am-3:30pm Video & Introduction to the Park
  Lagoon Walk
  Tour of Coastal Hammock
  Lunch
  Beach dynamics, Wrack line ecology & Beachcombing


Day 7

Monday, November 6, 2017
Classroom

6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Invertebrates 2
  Presentation: Waterbirds
  Video: Beach & Dune Systems


Day 8

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Field Trip to Bathtub Beach

6:00pm - 9:30pm Special Topic: Lagoon Update
  Presentation: Fish
  Fish Activity


Day 9

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Field Trip to Bathtub Beach

9:00am-3:30pm Touring a rocky shore & scavenger hunt; Sabellariid Worm Reef Lunch
  Mollusk Dichotomous Key
  Lunch
  Optional Snorkeling


Day 10

Monday, November 13, 2017
Classroom

6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Herptiles
  Special presentation: Marine Turtles on the Treasure Coast
  Video: Florida’s Nearshore Environment


Day 11

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Classroom

6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: General Birds
  Presentation: Mammals
  Post Tests / Evaluations


Day 12

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Optional Field Trip

9:00am - 12:00pm Kayaking / Paddle Boarding at Round Island


Day 13

Monday, November 20, 2017
Classroom

6:00pm - 9:30pm Final Project Presentations
  Graduation



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