Pinellas County

February 12-26, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 7, 2018
(Course Code: cs18-03)

Classroom Facility Information

Honeymoon Island State Park: Osprey Center (not the Rotary Centennial Nature Center)
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

Instructors Information

Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
and
Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC – Environmental Education, Ethical Ecotours, Nature Products
Phone: 727-397-2306
Email: jmurphy@sensingnature.com
Website: www.sensingnature.com




Tentative Course Agenda

• Student Carpooling Suggested
• Transportation & Lunches Not Included (bring sack lunch daily)
• Field Trip Locations are Local; Locations & Times May Change
• Course Time Schedule Does Not Include Your Travel Time, Except Between AM/PM Classes

Day 1 Monday, February 12, 2018
9:00am – 10:30am Orientation to the course, manual, class mixer
10:30am – 11:15am Ecology of Coastal Systems (Jeanne)
11:15am – 12:15pm Marine & Estuarine Habitats (Brian)
12:15pm – 12:45pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site; not enough time to go buy lunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm Coastal Water Birds (Jeanne)
1:45pm – 2:30pm Video - Coastal Estuaries
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 4:00pm Saltwater Fish (Brian)
4:10pm – 4:45pm Naturalist Interpretation (Jeanne)
4:45pm – 5:30pm Discuss Field Trip prep, Group Projects, Interpretative Talk


Day 2 Friday, February 16, 2018
9:00am – 9:15am Discuss Field Trips, Group Projects, Interpretative Talks, etc.
9:15am – 12:45pm Seine for Nearshore Fish & Invertebrate Species in Intracoastal Waterway, Dunedin
• Gather Field Gear, then Carpool to Seining Field Site
• Learn and Apply Aquatic Collection Techniques and Species Identification
• Fish, Invertebrate, and Bird Species Abundant in Area
12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch and Travel to Classroom at Honeymoon Island State Park:
1:30pm – 2:30pm Reptiles & Amphibians (Jeanne)
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break
2:45pm – 3:15pm General Birds (Jeanne)
3:15pm – 3:45pm Video - Nearshore Marine Systems
3:45pm – 4:45pm Invertebrates (Brian)
4:45pm – 5:30pm Finish any other course material—presentations and videos (Jeanne & Brian)
Wrap Up; Discuss Field Trips, Group Project, etc.


Day 3 Monday, February 19, 2018
Weedon Island Preserve (WIP)
  Field Trip Estuary: Canoe Tampa Bay Estuary’s Mangrove Tunnels
• Some Students Present Their Interpretative Talks
9:00am – 9:15am Meet at Weedon Island Cultural & Natural History Center; Get Gear for Canoeing
then Walk to Boat Launch at the Fishing Pier
9:15am – 12:30pm Canoe some of Tampa Bay’s unique and peaceful mangrove tunnels and bays
• Present Interpretative Talks: In pairs, half of the class will lead us through a fun, lowstress interpretive experience/talk in this beautiful estuarine county preserve.
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch and Travel to Classroom at WIP, Cultural & Natural History Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Invertebrates II (Brian)
2:10pm – 3:00pm Environmental Ethics (Jeanne)
3:10pm – 5:30pm Finish any other course material—presentations and videos (Jeanne & Brian)
Wrap Up; Discuss Field Trips, Group Project, etc.


Day 4 Friday, February 23, 2018
9:00am – 9:15am Discuss Estuary & Upland Field Trips, Projects, Interpretative Tour, etc.
9:15am – 10:00am Coastal Uplands Habitats (Brian)
10:15am – 11:15am Video — Coastal Uplands
11:30pm –1 2:30pm Mammals (Jeanne)
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site; not enough time to go buy lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Video — Society and the Coast
2:00pm – 5:30pm Interpretative Talks in a Coastal Maritime Forest & then on an Award-winning Florida
“Best Beach” (dunes, beaches, shoreline)
• Carpool to Osprey Trail
• Present Interpretative Talks: In pairs, half of the class will lead us through a fun, low stress interpretive experience/talk in this beautiful coastal state park.



Day 5 Monday, February 26, 2018
9:00am – 5:30pm  
Morning Finish Any Course Work as Needed (Jeanne & Brian)
Present Your Group Projects to the Class
  Lunch: Bring a Sack Lunch to Enjoy between AM & PM Projects
Afternoon Finish Group Projects, Graduation


FMNP Coastal Class Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Honeymoon Island State Park, Osprey
Center, except on February 19 we are at Weedon Island (field trip and classroom).

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

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time.

Missing a class or a field trip:
• 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 a Coastal Florida Master Naturalist.
• The time and material must be made-up with an instructor’s approval before the material is missed
and after the material is made-up.
• If you miss more than 2 sessions, the University of Florida will not certify you as a naturalist, but
please keep coming to as many classes as possible…this is your class.

Make-up time frame: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material. The makeup
time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as
much of the material builds upon itself.

Student Carpooling is Suggested (up to students to arrange)

Flexible Schedule:

  • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
  • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no “Styrofoam” containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Field 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.
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of
these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before
your body.

Suggested field clothes:
• It might be very warm or very cool on our field trips—please, dress accordingly
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing wet and muddy environments. For your comfort, always
bring a spare change of clothes.
• Please wear close-toed shoes.
• Wear: layered clothes, maybe long sleeves and pants for sun protection, close-toed shoes (wet shoes,
appropriate footwear) for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.

Suggested field items:
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change
of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).




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