Leon County

October 6 - December 8, 2017
Registration closes at 10:00am on October 3, 2017
(Course Code: us17-20)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Leon County: Auditorium
615 Paul Russell Road , Tallahassee, FL 32301-7060

UF/IFAS Extension Jefferson County
275 N Mulberry , Madison, FL, 32344-1423

Bear Creek Educational Forest Center
8125 Pat Thomas Pkwy, Quincy, FL, 32351-0214


Instructors Information

Leads: Rosalyn Kilcollins, Consultant
Will Sheftall, Leon County Extension Agent IV Natural Resources (Retired)
Associate: Holly Ober, Extension Specialist, Wildlife, Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology
Assistants: Billy Booth, PhotoNaturalist and Donna Ingle, Green Guide
Organization: Rosalyn F. Kilcollins Consulting
Phone: 850-570-8889 (Rosalyn)
Email: Roztally@embarqmail.com


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, October 6, 2017
Leon County Extension

8:30am - 9:00am

Sign in, Coffee and snacks
9:00am – 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, Ice-Breaker, Course Overview, Paperwork;
Final Group Project Discussion
10:00am - 12:10pm Presentations: Upland Ecology; Pinelands
12:10pm - 12:45pm Lunch and Video: Florida’s Pine Habitats

12:45pm – 4:30pm

Pinelands Field Trip: Apalachicola National Forest
LL Wallace Road and Leon Sinks


Day 2 Friday, October 13, 2017
Jefferson County Extension
8:45am - 9:00am Sign in, Coffee and snacks
9:00am – 9:20am

Overview of the day, Brief Review
Project discussion & Planning Form
Assign homework for next class – 1-2 volunteers can be done in the field with the class on Nov 3 field trip

9:20am - 11:30am Presentations: Interpretation; Hardwood Forests
11:30am - 12:15pm Lunch & Video: Florida’s Scrub, Dry Prairie and Rangeland Habitats
12:15pm – 3:45pm Field trip: Dixie Plantation - Explore Habitats, examples of management, soils, etc

3:45pm – 4:30pm

Discussion, Review, Details for next class, Wrap Up,
Return to Extension Office/vehicles)


Day 3 Friday, November 3, 2017
Bear Creek Forest Education Center
8:45am - 9:00am Sign In, coffee, snacks
9:00am – 9:30am

Review, Project discussion and Project planning
PROJECT PROPOSALS DUE

9:30am - 10:30am Presentation: Invertebrates I (Billy Booth)

10:30am -12:00pm

Field trip: Walk to LL Pine Sandhill restoration site
Bear Creek Tract – 2-3 stops on way, explore restoration site, discuss restoration, butterflies, etc., Class scrub activity
12:00pm -12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm -1:30pm

Presentation: Invertebrates II
1:30pm - 3:45pm Field Trip: Hardwood Forests – slope forest & steephead ravine.
Discuss ravine formation, invertebrates, rare plants and amphibians.
3:45pm - 4:00pm Wrap up, Details for next class


Day 4 Friday, November 17, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am - 9:00am Sign In, coffee, snacks
9:00am – 9:20am Brief review, Project discussion and Project planning, Assign Homework – Ethics
9:20am - 12:25pm Presentations: Scrub, Prairie, Rangelands,
Birds I and Birda II (class members will do some parts)

12:25pm -1:00pm

Lunch and prepare for field trip
1:00pm -4:00pm Field Trip: Wakulla Springs SP (w/Charlie Baisden) – Upland Hardwood Forest


Day 5 Friday, December 1, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am - 9:00am Sign In, coffee, snacks
9:00am – 9:20am Overview of day, brief review, project and final class planning, and field trip details
9:20am - 11:45am Presentations: Mammals, Herpetofauna

11:45am -12:30pm

Lunch & Video: Upland Habitats and Modern Society
12:30pm - 1:45pm Environmental Ethics Presentation and Class Discussion

1:45 pm - 4:15pm

Field Trip: Location TBD- Wakulla County scrub, shortleaf pine-oak-hickory Miccosukee Greenway, Hardwoods Maclay Gardens/Phipps Park
4:15pm - 4:30pm Wrap up, Details for final class


Day 6 Friday, December 8, 2017
Leon County Extension
8:45am - 9:00am Sign in, Coffee and Snacks, group project prep
9:00am – 9:45am Overview of day, Review,  Prepare for Project presentations
9:45am - 10:10am Climate Reality Project Presentation – Rosalyn

10:10am -12:25pm

Group Project Presentations
12:25pm - 1:00pm Luncheon
1:00pm - 2:00pm Group Project Presentations (continued)
2:00pm-2:30pm Evaluations, Post-Tests and Graduation

Special Instructions

* Sat Dec 9 and Fri Dec 15 will be used as a rain date for Class/Field Trip/Final Day if needed.

More detailed schedule and preparation information will be provided to registered students.

  • Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information the day before each class by email. Transportation and lunches are not included.
  • Carpooling suggested.
  • Approximate times and class topics order may change. It is the student’s responsibility to verify class information the day before each class by email.
  • Transportation is not included (except when van is available from Extension office as announced in schedule or class)
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time before or after class to and from class meeting locations 
  • Must bring lunch and water bottle for each class—No time or convenient locations to buy food

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. (Teachers, check with your school board for their requirements regarding in-service credits.)

Field Recommendations:

  • Wear Close-toed shoes comfortable for walking
  • Bring water, rain poncho, hat, lightweight long-sleeve shirt
  • 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. Use herbal insect repellant or with DEET on clothing and herbal insect repellants on skin.
  • Optional: binoculars, field guides, camera


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