Palm Beach County

January 16 - February 27, 2018
Registration closes at 5:00pm on January 14, 2018.
(Course Code: fs18-07)


Class Facilities Information

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: Visitor Center
10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Visitor Center (JDSP): Visitor Center
16450 SE Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound, FL, 33455

Instructors Information

Lead: Chris Lockhart, Field Biologist, Plant Ecologist and Educator, Founder of Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Associates: Molly Sims, Advanced Master Naturalist, Retired Educator
Caroline Hanes, PWS, Wetland Biologist
Sam Dorfman, Grassy Waters Preserve, Environmental Education Supervisor
Mary Crider, Grassy Waters Preserve, Environmental Education Coordinator
Organization: Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Phone: 561-738-1179 (Chris)
Email: chris@lockharts.org



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Loxahatchee NWR)
8:30am - 4:30pm Ice-breaker, pre-test, etc.
  Powerpoints – Ecology, Woody Plants, Interpretation
  Video - Florida's Swamps             
  Field trips at the Refuge orientation hikes – Cypress swamp,
LILA with Eric Cline, SFWMD


Day 2 Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Loxahatchee NWR)
8:30am - 4:30pm Field trip – Wakodahatchee Wetlands with Dr. Tom Poulson
  Powerpoints – Herbaceous Plants, Amphibians, Water Birds
  Video - Florida's Marshes
  Hands-on activity


Day 3 Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (Loxahatchee NWR)
8:30am - 4:30pm Field trip – Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area
  Powerpoints – Reptiles, General Birds
  Video – Florida’s Lakes, Rivers and Springs
  Project time



No class on February 6th or 13th

OPTIONAL Saturday, February 17, 2018 (Grassy Waters Preserve)
9:30am – 11:30am Grassy Waters Preserve – optional canoe trip.
Meet at the canoe launch on the south side in the Nature Center parking lot,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412        


Day 4 Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (JD State Park)
8:30am - 4:30pm Field Trip – Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Kitching Creek
  Powerpoints – Invertebrates, Mammals, Fish
  Activity: Dip netting

Day 5 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (Loxahatchee NWR)
8:30am - 4:30pm Recap
  Powerpoint – Ethics
  Video – Wetlands in the Human Landscape 
  Final Project Presentations
  Graduation


SPECIAL NOTE:

Schedule and field trips are subject to change. Watch for updates.
*Grassy Waters Preserve has kindly offered a canoe trip to this class through their freshwater marsh.  A real treat but attendance is not required to meet course requirements.




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