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
Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist Guide
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
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||
|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
|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
|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
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Post-test / Evaluation / Graduation|
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!
- 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.