Lake County

February 19 - March 26, 2018
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 13, 2018
(Course Code: fs18-08)

Class Facility Information

Trout Lake Nature Center: Environmental Education Center
520 East CR 44, Eustis, FL 32736-2518

Instructors Information

Lead: Patricia Larson
Assistant: Sandy Selman
Organization: Trout Lake Nature Center
Phone: 352-685-0727

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, February 19, 2018
9:00am - 2:00pm Classroom
2:00pm - 4:00pm Walk to Trout Lake

Day 2 Monday, February 26, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Blue Springs State Park – boat ride
12:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip: Blue Springs State Park – ranger walk and exploration

Day 3 Monday, March 5, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Emeralda Marsh
12:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip: Hidden Waters Preserve

Day 4 Monday, March 12, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: NURF
12:00pm - 4:00pm Field Trip: Hickory Point

Day 5 Monday, March 19, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Alexander Springs
12:00pm - 4:00pm Classroom at Trout Lake Nature Center

Day 6 Monday, March 26, 2018
9:00am - 10:00am Walk to Trout Lake
10:00am - 12:00pm Classroom
12:00pm - 4:00pm Final Project Presentations, Graduation


Locations of field trips are still being refined. Even with careful planning, locations and activities may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling 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. (If a teacher, check with your school board for their requirements.) Speak to the instructor regarding any planned or unplanned misses.
Field Recommendations:
  • Field trips are planned for low to moderate level of activity. We do not anticipate walks of longer than 1-2 miles and those will be at a slow pace. However, there may be uneven ground, climbing in and out of a boat, and unforeseen situations that can happen outdoors.

    • Dress prepared for the weather and bring what you need to be safe and comfortable
    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.

  • 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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    • Phone:
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    • Address:
      2311 Mowry Road, Bldg. 78
      PO Box 110750
      Gainesville, FL 32611