Brevard County

June 6-29, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on June 1, 2017
(Course Code: us17-14)

Classroom Facility

UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension
3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa, FL 32926

Instructor Information

Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension
Phone: 321-633-1702 x235

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, June 6, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Introduction and Ice-breaker
  Presentation: Ecology
  Video: Florida’s Hardwood Forests
  Group Project Brainstorming

Day 2 Thursday, June 8, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Upland Herpetofauna
  Presentation: Upland Hardwood Forest Communities
  Group Project Brainstorming

Day 3 Saturday, June 10, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Day 4 Tuesday, June 13, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Upland Mammals
  Presentation: Upland Birds 1

Day 5 Thursday, June 15, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Upland Birds 2
  Presentation: Scrub, Dry Prairie & Rangelands
  Video: FL’s Scrub, Dry Prairie & Rangeland Habitats

Day 6 Saturday, June 17, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Cruickshanks Sanctuary

Day 7 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Invertebrates 1
  Presentation: Invertebrates 2

Day 8 Thursday, June 22, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Pineland Communities
  Video: Florida’s Pine Habitats
  Presentation: Interpretation

Day 9 Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Erna Nixon Park Nature Center

Day 10 Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Environmental Ethics
  Video: Upland Habitats in the Modern Human Landscape
  Final Project Presentations

Day 11 Thursday, June 29, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm Final Project Presentations

Class Guidelines

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and meals 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 as an Upland Habitats Florida Master Naturalist. (If a teacher, check with your school board for their requirements.)

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