Charlotte County

March 10 - April 21, 2017
Course Full. Contact instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: us17-10)

Classroom Facilities Information

Laishley Park Municipal Marina: Community Room
120 Laishley Court, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Myakka River State Park
Myakka State Park Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241

Mid County Regional Library
2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Instructor Information

Lead: Betty Staugler
Associates: Jamie Reynolds and Jim Knoy
Assistant: Glen McLean
Organization: Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County
Phone: 941-764-4346

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, March 10, 2017 (Laishley Marina)
9:00am - 5:00pm Welcome, Student Expectations, Pre-Test
  Pineland Communities
  Birds I
  Field Trip – Deep Creek Preserve

Day 2 Friday, March 17, 2017 (Laishley Marina)
8:00am - 5:00pm Recap
  Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangeland
  Birds II
  Field Trip – Prairie Creek Preserve

Day 3 Friday, March 24, 2017 (Myakka River State Park)
9:00am - 5:00pm Recap
  Field Trip – Myakka River State Park

Day 4 Friday, March 31, 2017 (Laishley Marina)
9:00am - 5:00pm Recap
  Invertebrates I & II
  Field Trip – Amberjack Environmental Park

Day 5 Friday, April 7, 2017 (Mid County Library)
9:00am - 5:00pm Recap
  Hardwood Forests, Urban Areas, Greenspace
  Upland Mammals
  Environmental Ethics
  Field Trip – Walton Ranch Preserve

Day 6 Friday, April 21, 2017 (Mid County Library)
9:00am - 5:00pm Recap, Final Projects, Post-test, Graduation

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