Collier County

March 7 - April 11, 2018
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: fs18-02)

Classroom Facility Information

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Blair Audubon Center Classroom
375 Sanctuary Road , Naples, FL 34120

Instructors Information

Lead: Sally Stein, Director of Public Programs
Assistants: Derek Day and Helen Day
Organization: National Audubon Society, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Phone: 239-348-9151 ext. 112

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, March 7, 2018
8:00am - 12:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork, Objectives,
Final Group Project Discussion
Presentations: Environmental Interpretation, Ecology, and Eco-Heritage Tourism Ethics
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Break  (Bring your own lunch with you)
12:45pm - 3:45pm Presentation:  Herbaceous Wetlands
Videos: “History, Societal Perspectives” & “Florida’s Marshes
In-Classroom Activity

Day 2 Monday, March 12, 2018
8:00am - 12:00pm Presentations:  Amphibians, Reptiles, Freshwater Invertebrates, Freshwater Fish
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Break
Group Final Project Worktime
12:45pm - 3:00pm Presentation: Forested Wetlands
Outdoor Field Activity

Day 3 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
8:00am - 12:00pm Presentation:  Permanent Wetland Habitats
Videos: “Swamp Habitats” &  “Permanent Wetland Habitats”
In-Classroom Activity
Group Final Project Work Time
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:30pm Field Trip:  Swamp and Marsh Habitats at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 
(bring water, binoculars, camera, comfortable walking shoes, and sun protection.)

Day 4 Monday, March 19, 2018
8:00am - 11:00m Group Final Project Discussion and Worktime
Presentations: Mammals, Birds
11:00Am - 11:45am Lunch Break
11:45am - 3:00pm Field Trip (Optional): Swamp Habitat – Swamp Walk at Corkscrew   
We will be walking in potential knee-deep water on uneven terrain for part of this field trip. We will be in the water for about 2 hours and .3 miles of the trip. Wear loose-fitting pants, and close-toed shoes (not waterproof) that you do not mind getting wet and dirty, bring sun protection and have a change of clothes/shoes ready for afterwards

Day 5 Wednesday, March 28, 2018
8:00am - 2:30pm Field Trip:  Permanent Wetland and Marsh Habitats. 
We will learn about the upper Corkscrew Watershed while visiting Lake Trafford
and the CREW Marsh Trail. Wear close-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting potentially wet and dirty. Bring Lunch, water, binoculars and sun protection.

Day 6 Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00am - 9:00am Group Final Project Presentation Prep/Set-up worktime
9:00am - 12:00pm Group Final Project Presentations and Evaluation
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:00pm Group Final Project Presentations and Evaluation
Post-test, Class Evaluation & Graduation!


Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information.

Lunches are not included.

Transportation for field trips is not always included,

Carpooling is suggested in these circumstances.

Field Recommendations (Will be provided prior to each field trip):
Close-toed shoes, Water, and Sun Protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc) are always recommended. 
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.Binoculars and cameras are recommended for most field trips except for the swamp walk field trip.

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