Gulf County

February 13 - April 3, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 8, 2018
(Course Code: fs18-03)

Classroom Facility Information

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve: Visitor's Center
3915 State Road 30-A, Port St Joe, FL, 32456

Instructors Information

Leads: Scott Jackson, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Bay County
Erik Lovestrand, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Franklin County
Ray Bodreyy, Florida Sea Extension Agent - Gulf County
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 850-866-2300 (Scott)

Tentative Course Agenda

All Times listed are EST.
Day 1 Tuesday, February 13, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Introductions (icebreaker, class project, etc.)
Video: Forested Wetlands
12:00pm - 12:305pm Lunch Break 
12:30pm - 3:30pm Presentations: Ethics (Ray), Ecology (Scott), Forested Wetlands (Erik)

Day 2 Tuesday, February 20, 2018
10:00am - 3:30pm Dead Lakes Field Trip (Wewahitchka, FL)

Day 3 Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Video: Permanent Wetlands
Class Project discussion (Scott)
Presentation: Permanent Wetlands (Erik)
12:00pm - 12:305pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:30pm Presentations: Invertebrates (Ray), Fish (Scott)

Day 4 Tuesday, March 6, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Video: Florida’s Marshes
Presentations: Herbaceous Wetlands (Ray), Reptiles (Erik)
12:00pm - 12:305pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:30pm Presentation: Amphibians (Erik)
Class Project Work (Scott)

Day 5 Tuesday, March 13, 2018
10:00am - 3:30pm Apalachicola River Field trip

Day 6 Tuesday, March 20, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Video: Human Dimensions
Presentations: Interpretation (Scott), Birds (Erik)
12:00pm - 12:305pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:30pm Presentations: Mammals (Ray)
Class Project Work

Day 7 Tuesday, March 27, 2018
10:00am - 3:30pm Econfina Fieldtrip (Youngstown, FL)

Day 8 Tuesday, April 3, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Group Project Presentations
12:00pm - 12:305pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 3:30pm Group Project Presentations, Graduation


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. Fuel reimbursement potentially available when transporting 4 or more students.

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.

Field Recommendations:

Wear field appropriate clothing suitable for site and weather conditions.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed a national and international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension.


OCI stands for the Office of Conferences & Institutes. It is a full service conference planning agency at the University of Florida. OCI was created to support the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) mission to develop knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and to make that knowledge available to people to sustain and enhance the quality of life.

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