Polk County

September 28 - October 2, 2017, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 22, 2017
(Course Code: us17-12)

Classroom Facility

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve
4399 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland FL 33830

Instructors Information

Lead: Tabitha Biehl, Environmental Lands Stewardship Coordinator
Associate: Pam McDonald, Florida Master Naturalist and volunteer
Guest Lecturer: Shannon Carnevale, UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Organization: Polk County Environmental Lands Program
Phone: 863-534-7377
Email: tabithabiehl@polk-county.net
Website: www.polknature.com



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, September 28, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm Welcome, Introduction/Ice Breaker, Pre-test, Project Requirements,
Field Work/Trip Overview
1:00pm - 2:00pm Interpretation Presentation
2:00pm - 3:00pm Environmental Ethics Presentation / Human Issues Video
3:00pm - 3:30pm Discussion / Interpretation and Ethics Hike
3:30pm - 5:00pm Scrub Presentation & Video


Day 2 Friday, September 29, 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm Field Trip (location TBA)


Day 3 Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:30am - 10:00am Birds I & II Presentation
10:00am - 12:00pm

Bird Interpretive Tram Tour / Hike
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch – Hardwood & Pinelands Video
1:00pm - 1:45pm Hardwood Presentation
1:45pm - 2:30pm Pinelands Presentation
2:30pm - 3:30pm Upland Plants
3:30pm - 4:30pm Final Project Work Time


Day 4 Sunday, October 1, 2017
8:30am - 10:30am Invertebrates I & II Presentation
10:30am - 12:30pm

Ecology Presentation
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Mammals
2:00pm - 3:00pm Herptiles/Herptofauna Presentation
3:00pm - 4:30pm Final Project Work Time


Day 5 Monday, October 2, 2017
8:30am - 2:30pm Field Trip (location TBA)
3:00pm - 4:00pm Final Project Work Time
4:00pm - 6:00pm Final Project Presentations
6:00pm - 7:30pm Dinner and Graduation Celebration



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