St. Johns County

March 18-20, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: CR19-03)

Classroom Facilities Information

GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve Locations:

1. Environmental Education Center (EEC)
505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

2. Marineland Field Office (MFO)
9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kelly Ussia, Naturalist, St. Johns County Parks & Recreation
Lead: Justina Dacey, UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County
Organizations: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County
Phone: 904-209-0335
Email: kussia@sjcfl.us



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, March 18, 2019 (EEC)
9:00am - 10:30am Welcome, introductions, pre-test
10:30am - 11:15am Living Shorelines presentation
11:15am - 12:30pm Oyster Reefs presentation
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch/ Exploration of the Education Center
1:30pm - 4:30pm Learn about Oyster Recycling Program, visit Oyster Restoration Demo Sites, meet with local professionals doing oyster reef monitoring and restoration, hands-on oyster bagging
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up



Day 2 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (EEC)
9:00am - 9:30am Shell Bluff Case  Study
9:30am - 11:30am Shell Bluff hike/site  visit
11:30am - 1:00pm Salt Marsh Restoration Presentation
1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch/ travel to Usina Boat Ramp
1:30pm - 4:30pm Living shoreline restoration installation. Placement of oyster reefs. Planting of shoreline vegetation.
4:30pm - 5:30pm Wrap-up


Day 3 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (MFO) 
9:00am - 10:00am Mangrove Restoration presentation
10:00am - 11:30am Sea Level Rise presentation
11:30am - 12:30pm Working lunch/mangrove restoration videos
12:30pm - 4:00pm Meet at field trip site (walk outside)
Field Identification of mangroves
Discuss migration of mangroves north
Discuss future potential for mangroves to be incorporated into future local restoration projects
4:00pm - 5:00pm Post-test, evaluations, graduation


CSR Guidelines

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes. Times above include breaks.

Students need to bring lunch and water bottle to all classes.

More details will be provided prior to the first class.

Most activities will be outside in a shoreline environment and may involve walking or paddling for 2-4 hours.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 4.5 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 4.5 hours or less missed must be made up by completing an assignment of equal time and content. Approval of the Instructor is required.
  • If total hours missed exceeds 4.5 hours, certification is not possible regardless of material made up.
  • All absences should be discussed with the instructor in advance. In case of emergencies, please notify Instructor as soon as possible.


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