January 23 - February 9, 2018
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: fs18-04)
Class Facility Information
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County: Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
Lead: Dr. Katherine Clements, Ecology and Natural Resources Educator
Associates:Abbey Tyrna, PhD, Water Resources Extension Agent
Sarah Davis, MS, CIT, CIG, CIH; 4H Youth Development Extension Agent II,
NAI Interpretive Guide/Host/Trainer
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Tuesday, January 23,, 2018|
|9:00am - 10:00am||Introduction, Paperwork, Course Overview, Icebreaker
|10:00am - 12:30pm||Lecture: General Ecology; Video: Permanent Wetlands|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch Break|
|1:30pm - 5:00pm||Lecture: Permanent Wetlands; Video: Swamps (Forested Wetlands)
Lecture: Forested Wetlands
|Day 2||Friday, January 26, 2018|
|9:00am - 5:00pm||Myakka River Marsh/Kayak Field trip and Microplastics: details TBA
|Day 3||Tuesday, January 30, 2018|
|9:00am - 12:30pm||Video: Marshes (Herbaceous wetlands)
Lecture: Herbaceous wetlands; Amphibians
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Lunch Break|
|1:30pm - 4:00pm||Lecture: Invertebrates, Fish, Interpretation|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Group project time: groups and topic due|
|Day 4|| Friday, February 2, 2018
|9:00am - 12:00pm||Lecture: Birds, Mammals,Reptiles|
|12:00pm - 12:30pm||Group project time: presentation outline due today|
|12:45pm - 1:45pm||Lunch Break at local restaurant|
|2:00pm - 5:00pm||Phillippi Creek Kayaking and Water Sampling Field trip|
|Day 5||Tuesday, February 6, 2018|
|9:00am - 11:00am||Celery Fields Field trip|
|11:30am – 1:00pm||Storm water retention ponds field trip to Stoneybrook Community|
|1:00pm – 2:00pm||Lunch Break|
|2:00pm – 4:00pm||Video: Wetlands in the Modern Human Landscape; Lecture: Ethics|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Group project time|
|Day 6||Friday, February 9, 2018|
|9:00am - 12:00pm||Water sample analysis; Complete any remaining topics|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Potluck lunch|
|1:00pm - 4:00pm||Group Presentations|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Final paperwork, Awards|
Classroom sessions will be hosted at the Sarasota County Extension Office (6700 Clark Road), except where noted. Please bring your own snacks and beverages in reusable or recyclable containers. Please silence cell phones during classroom sessions and field trips.
Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as inclement weather. It is the student's responsibility to verify field trip information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Please consider carpooling. On first day of class, you will receive additional information, including finalized schedule, maps/directions to field trip locations.
Lunch Please try to bring a packed lunch, especially on field trip days where we will eat on-site. We will set aside time for lunch each day, but timing will be flexible based on the day’s activities.
Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes. Please arrive at field trip locations at scheduled time so we are able to start on time with our guides.
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 an Freshwater Florida Master Naturalist.
- The time and material must be made-up with an instructor’s approval.
- 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 make-up time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This keeps you from getting behind, as the material builds upon itself.
We will spend as much time as possible outdoors. There is walking involved but not extensive or rigorous, but weather can be variable at this time of year and you may get wet. If you have any concerns about the physical demands, please contact the instructor.
- Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Must wear close-toed shoes for every field trip. The field trails are not always level and we may encounter red ants or poison ivy, so best to protect yourself. Feet may likely get wet during kayaking or swamp walks, so prepare accordingly.
- 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.
- It will be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly and HYDRATE.
- You must bring water with you to drink on each field trip. No exceptions. You will not be allowed on the field trip if you do not have adequate water or hydration with you.
- Bring: lunch, water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, and a change of clothes- as we may get wet and still have a full day of class.