Levy County

March 7 - April 6, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 2, 2018
(Course Code: cs18-07)


Classroom Facility Information

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station - Main Lab - Conference Room
552 1st Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625

Instructors Information

Lead: Dr. Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Florida Sea Grant Agent
Assistant: Travis Thomas
Guest Speakers: Dr. Karen Blyler, University of Florida (Retired)
Vic Doig, USFWS
Organization: UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Phone: 352-325-6080
Email: savanna.barry@ufl.edu
Website: ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/





Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Final Group Project Discussion
Presentation: Coastal Ecology
12:30pm – 1:30pm Break for Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm Video: Florida’s Nearshore Environments
Field: Estuary Wading Trip


Day 2 Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm Presentations: Upland Habitats, Reptiles and Amphibians,
Mammals (Travis Thomas)
12:30pm – 1:0pm Break for Lunch
1:00pm – 4:30pm Travel to Seahorse Key Marine Lab
Field: Seahorse Key Estuarine Habitats Exploration


Day 3 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm Field: Nesting Bird Trip – Snake Key (Vic Doig)
12:30pm – 1:30pm Break for Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm Presentations: General Coastal Birds, Waterbirds (Vic Doig)
Coastal Fish
Video: Florida’s Estuaries


Day 4 Friday, March 16, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm Videos: Coastal Systems and Society, Florida’s Coastal Uplands
Presentations: Coastal Ethics, Interpretation
12:30pm – 1:30pm Break for Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm Field: Southern Cross Sea Farms and Joe Rains Living Shoreline
Group Project Planning



Day 5 Wednesday, March 21, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm Presentations: Invertebrates I and Invertebrates II
Activity: Hands on Shell Lab
12:30pm – 1:30pm Break for Lunch
1:30pm – 4:30pm Lecture catch-up OR Group Presentation work
OR Field trip make-up time


No class March 23rd or the week of the 26th – Happy Easter! Time to work on group projects


Day 6 Friday, April 6, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm Final Project Presentations
12:00pm – 12:45pm PotluckLunch
12:45pm – 4:00pm Post-test, evaluations
Graduation ceremony


Special Instructions:

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key
(552 1st Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625).

Parking: Extremely limited on site at NCBS and we ask guests that are part of a large group (like FMNP courses) to plan to park off site. Please do NOT park along the grass in front of the Island Place condos next door. You
can park in the public parking lot at the City Marina along 1st Street, in designated areas along D street, or
along most other streets in Cedar Key.

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.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes.

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 Systems 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, UF/IFAS 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.

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 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! These are allowed in the classroom. Please, absolutely no “Styrofoam” containers during the course (take-out containers, coffee). 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, stingrays, 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.

Field clothes:

  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes
  • Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots/water shoes or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes. Oyster bars, shells, and other sharp objects may be encountered.
  • It might be very hot or quite cool on our field trips depending on the weather—please, dress accordingly. It is suggested that you wear loose, long pants that you do not mind getting wet. Bring layers, such as a light jacket, in case you get cold on boat rides.

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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