Sarsota County

August 23 - September 5, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am EST on August 17, 2017
(Course Code: cs17-20)

Classroom Facility Information

Mote Marine Laboratory
Keating Marine Education Center, SO COOL Room #207
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

Instructors Information

Lead: Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, Senior Coordinator for Digital Programs

Associate: Jason Robertshaw, Senior Coordinator of Educational Technology
Organization: Mote Marine Laboratory
Phone: 941-388-4441 ext. 263

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, August 23, 2017
9:00am – 9:30am Check-In
9:30am – 12:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Presentation: Introduction and Discussion of Florida Coastal Ecology
Video: Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society
12:00pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Coastal Uplands
Video: Beach and Dune Systems
Presentation: Environmental Interpretation
Orientation of Collaborative Website
Final Group Project Discussion & Beach and Dune Homework

Day 2 Thursday, August 24, 2017
9:00am – 11:30am Field Trip: Dune and Beach Habitat – North Lido Beach
11:30am - 12:30pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm - 5:00pm Video: Nearshore Environment
Presentation: Marine & Estuarine Habitats
Presentation: Invertebrates I
Field Trip: Mangrove Forest
Activity: Invertebrate Scavenger Hunt & Interpretation Presentation
Review & Wrap-up

Day 3 Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00am – 11:30am Presentation: Invertebrates II
Field Trip: Field Sampling in a Marine Environment – Sarasota Bay
Activity: Invertebrate Interpretation
11:30am - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
12:30pm Optional - Reeflections Special Screening
1:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Coastal Birds
Activity: Coastal Bird Adaptations
Presentation: Coastal Mammals
Review, Project Discussion & Wrap-up

Day 4 Monday, August 28, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm Video: Estuarine Systems
Presentation: Coastal Fish
Field Trip: Shark Training Observation & Exploration of Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
12:00pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Coastal Reptiles and Amphibians
Discussion: Human Impacts, Climate Change & Invasive Species
Presentation: Ethics in Environmental Education
Review, Project Discussion & Wrap-up

Day 5

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

9:00am – 12:30pm Field Trip: Estuarine Environment
12:30pm – 3:00pm Final Project Topics Due
Final Project Collaboration

Day 6

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

9:00am - 2:00pm Final Project Collaboration

Day 7

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm Final Project Presentations
12:00pm - 1:00pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Final Project Presentations Post-test & Evaluation Graduation


Please note that Thursday, August 31, 2017 will be used as a rain day/ field trip makeup day.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time.

Absences: 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 an Coastal Habitats Florida Master Naturalist. (If a teacher, check with your school board for their requirements.)

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Field Trip Recommendations:

- 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.

- A change of clothes may be useful on field trip days.

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