Volusia County

May 9-17, 2019
Full. Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: CR19-06)

Classroom Facility Information

Marine Discovery Center (MDC)
520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist Guide
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: charity@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Assistant: Lisa Mickey, Naturalist Guide

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, May 9, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm Sign In / Introductions / Pre-Test/ Waivers / Coffee and Snack
5:00pm - 5:45pm Living Shorelines Presentation – Chad Truxall
5:45pm - 6:30pm MDC tour of restored shoreline on site
Guest Speaker: Annie Roddenberry, FWC Biologist
6:30pm - 8:30pm Field Trip – Boat Tour – We will travel through the IRL viewing living shorelines and contrasting those with developed areas that reduce shoreline habitat.  We will discuss the components of a living shoreline and their roles in the ecosystem.  Feel free to bring a sack dinner to eat on the boat.  On the return trip, we will enjoy the sunset over the lagoon.

Day 2 Friday, May 10, 2019
9:00am - 9:15am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
9:15am- 10:15am Mangrove Presentation – Charity Jackson
10:15am - 11:00am Restoration of Coastal Wetlands in East Florida
Guest Speaker: Ron Brockmeyer, Environmental Scientist V, SJRWMD

Field Trip – Battle Island

We will take a short drive over to Battle Island to hear from multiple experts and tour a portion of the island to view some of the efforts to restore natural Florida.  Bring your sack lunch and together we can enjoy some time under the shade of the island’s oak hammock while hearing from a local bee expert.  After lunch, we will break into two rotating groups.  Each group will have the opportunity to both tour the island and take a guided kayak tour with Ron Brockmeyer to see mosquito ditch restoration areas.

11:00am - 12:30pm Working Lunch
Honey Bee/ Mangrove Association
Guest Speaker: Doug McGinnis, Retired Bee Keeper
12:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Island Tour: Cindy McCallister, Battle Island’s Owner
  • Brazilian Pepper Removal Demo: Chad Truxall
    Guest Speakers: Bill Greening, Volusia Mosquito Control and Doug McGinnis
  • Kayak Tour: View restored mosquito ditches –
    Guest Speaker: Ron Brockmeyer

Day 3 Thursday, May 16, 2019  
4:00pm - 4:15pm Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
4:15pm - 4:45pm Shuck and Share Oyster Program Presentation -
Guest Speaker: Jessy Wayles, Conservation Science Coordinator
4:45pm - 7:00pm Activities
  • Marsh Grass Harvesting / Mangrove Harvesting and Potting –
    Guest Speaker: Annie Roddenberry
  • Oyster Bagging –
    Guest Speaker: Tess Sailor-Tynes, Conservation Science Specialist
7:00pm - 8:00pm Oyster Presentation – Charity Jackson

Day 4 Friday, May 17, 2019  
9:00am - 12:30pm

Field Trip – Seminole Rest in Canaveral National Seashore
Guest Speaker: Melinda Donnelly, PhD - Post Doctoral Scientist and Professor at UCF

  • We will tour the area to see shoreline restoration projects both old and new.
  • Shoreline Restoration Project – We will be working with Dr. Donnelly to restore living shoreline.  This project will include mangrove and grass planting and oyster bag placement. 
12:30pm- 1:30pm Return to Marine Discovery Center - Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Salt Marsh Presentation – Charity Jackson
2:30pm - 4:00pm Activities - Biodiversity Surveying / Monitoring of restored salt marsh
Guest Speaker: Annie Roddenberry
  • Seine Netting Demonstration – We will see first hand the abundance and diversity of fish species and learn about the ongoing biodiversity surveys.
  • Shoreline Biodiversity Monitoring Demonstration – We will learn about the techniques used to survey and monitor restored shorelines.
4:00pm - 5:00pm Post-test / Evaluation / Graduation

Course Guidelines

Dates are final however topics and activities for each class are subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be sent out to registered students as the start date approaches.

Lunch - Students should bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle to each class.

Field Trips: Carpooling is suggested. We recommend that you not 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), flies and bees. Be prepared to get wet. Please bring a towel, change of clothes, close-toe shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle and a sense of adventure!

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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