Brevard County

March 3-25, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 27, 2017
(Course Code: fs17-06)

Classroom Facility Information

Turkey Creek Sanctuary: Margaret Hames Nature Center

1502 Port Malabar Blvd., NE, Palm Bay, FL, 32905

Instructor Information

Lead: Tracey Wright, Park Ranger/Naturalist
Associate: Cheryl Caldwell, Naturalist
Organization: City of Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Dept.
Phone: 321-676-6690
Email: Tracey.Wright@palmbayflorida.org


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Student Expectations, Pre-test, Project Requirements
  Presentation: Ecology
  Video: Marshes


Day 2 Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm Presentations: Wetland Birds, Herbaceous Wetland Plants
  Video: River, Lakes, and Stream
  Field Trip- Turkey Creek Sanctuary


Day 3 Friday, March 10, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Woody Wetland Plants
  Video: Swamps
  Group Project Work Time


Day 4 Saturday, March 11, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip- St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
  Presentations: Forested Wetlands, Amphibians & Fish
  *Bring your Lunch (no restaurants close by)


Day 5 Friday, March 17, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm Presentations: Permanent Wetlands, Reptiles and Invertebrates
  Guest Speaker: TBA


Day 6 Saturday, March 18, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip- Viera Wetlands
  Presentations: Interpretation
  Group Project Work Time


Day 7 Friday, March 24, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Mammals and Ethics
  Video: Society and Wetlands


Day 8 Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm Guest Speaker: TBA
  Final Project Presentations
  Post-test and Graduation



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