Brevard County

January 6 - February 17, 2018
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: fs18-05)

Class 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, Environmental Education Specialist
Organization: City of Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Dept.
Phone: 321-676-6690

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Student Expectations, Pre-test,
Project Requirements
  Presentations: Ecology, Herbaceous Wetland Plants
  Video: Marshes
  Field Trip- Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Day 2 Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Presentations:  Mammals, Wetland Birds
  Video: Lakes, Rivers, and Springs
  Field Trip- Erna Nixon Park

Day 3 Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Presentations: Woody Wetland Plants, Reptiles and Invertebrates
  Video: Swamps
  Group Project Work Time

Day 4 Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Presentations: Forested Wetlands, Amphibians & Fish
  Field Trip- Viera Wetlands

Day 5 Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Presentations: Permanent Wetlands, Interpretation, Ethics
  Video: Wetlands in the Modern Human Landscape
  Group project time

Day 6 Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm Final Project Presentations
  Post-test and 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 is 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.

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.

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