Indian River County

October 3 - November 9, 2017
(Course Code: cs17-22)

Classroom Facility Information

Environmental Learning Center: Lagoon Room
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963

Instructors Information

Lead: Heather Stapleton, Education Director
Associates: Sara Piotter, Naturalist and Sarah Rhodes-Ondi, Naturalist
Organization: Environmental Learning Center
Phone: 772.589.5050 x106 (Heather)

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm Intro: Welcome to the FMNP Coastal Module
Presentations: Ecology
Video: Estuaries

Day 2 Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:00pm – 8:00pm Presentation: Interpretation
Activity: Working with Interpretation

Day 3 Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:30am – 9:30am In the classroom
9:30am – 11:30am Field Trip
We’ll spend the remainder of the morning aboard the ELC’s pontoon boat, discover. Our focus will be the Indian River Lagoon and its current issues. A morning pontoon boat tour opens up secrets of the Lagoon and its wildlife. Cruise takes you around Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and mangrove islands where migrating birds, manatees and dolphins gather. Bring plenty of water.

Day 4 Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Please note: this class will be one hour longer than most.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Coastal Uplands SUNSET HIKE.
BE PUNCTUAL, sunset is at 6:58pm. Meet in the Captain Forster’s parking lot, the east side of South Jungle Trail.
Captain Forster’s Hammock Preserve, one of the only remaining undisturbed maritime hammocks of significant size in Indian River County. The Preserve contains trails through mature maritime hammock and coastal hammock habitats. Please bring a flashlight & bug spray (just in case) and wear appropriate footwear.
7:30pm – 9:00pm Presentation: Coastal Uplands Habitats (ELC)

Day 5

Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Presentations: Coastal Birds
Video: Coastal Uplands

Day 6

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Guest Speaker: James Gray, Coastal Engineer, Indian River County
Divide into groups for final projects

Day 7

Thursday, October 19, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Presentation: Mammals
Start working on final projects

Day 8

Saturday, October 21, 2017

8:30am – 10:00am Field Trip
We’ll explore ELC campus, walking along the ELC boardwalks, learning about the different mangrove species, their zonation and the organisms that live among them.

Bring your lunch, sunscreen & plenty of water. You might like a towel and a change of clothes.
10:00am – 11:30am Benthic Ecology and Seining off of the ELC’s teaching platform to learn about the high biodiversity of the IRL. YOU WILL GET WET AND DIRTY.
Please wear proper footwear - closed toed shoes are a must, no open toed Tevas, flip flops or Crocs please; old lace up sneakers are really the best .
(Wrap up & lunch in the Lagoon Room.)
11:30am-1:00pm Work on final projects

Day 9

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm DO NOT MEET AT ELC.
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL, sunset is at 6:44pm.
Meet at the Brevard County’s Barrier Island Center.
The Barrier Island Sanctuary Management and Education Center is an educational center located in the heart of the Archie Carr Refuge, a major nesting site for sea turtles. Through a partnership with the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL), Sea Turtle Conservancy manages and conducts the educational programs offered at the Barrier Island Center. We will hike the coastal hammock trail - please bring a flashlight and wear appropriate footwear. Then, we will meet in the auditorium for a special sea turtles presentation.

Day 10

Thursday, October 26, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Presentations: Invertebrates 1 & 2
Work on Final Projects

Day 11

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

6:00pm – 9:00pm Please note: this class will be one hour longer than most.
Guest Speaker: Dr Rich Paperno
Video: Nearshore Marine Systems
Presentation: Coastal Fish

Day 12

Thursday, November 2, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Current Issues Investigation

Day 13

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8:30am –11:30am Field Trip
Beach walk, focusing on treasures in the wrack line and dune plant zonation (exact beach TBD). Next, we’ll explore The McLarty Treasure Museum. We’ll learn about the exciting history of the sunken 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet and all of its amazing treasure! Bring sunscreen & plenty of water.

Day 14

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

6:00pm – 9:00pm Please note: this class will be one hour longer than most.
Group Presentations: Final Projects

Day 15

Thurday, November 9, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm Post test, Evaluations, Discussion
Potluck and GRADUATION!

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