St. Lucie County

January 23-31, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: CR20-01)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County Office
8400 Picos Road - Suite 101, Fort Pierce, FL 34945

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Office
2614 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34996

Marine Resource Council: Lagoon House
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Ken Gioeli, Extension Agent IV/Natural Resources
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County
Phone: 772-462-1627

Other Lead: Holly Abeels, Extension Agent I/Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County
Associates: Dr. Vincent Encomio, Extension Agent II/Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Extension Martin & St Lucie Counties
and Irene-Eva Ries, One More Generation

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, January 23, 2020 (St. Lucie Co. Extension Office)
9:00am - 9:45am Welcome, pre-test, icebreaker by Ken Gioeli
9:45am - 11:30am Presentation: Oyster Reefs by Dr. Vincent Encomio
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own/Travel to Harbour Point Park, 350 Avenue M, Extension E
12:30pm - 2:00pm Field Trip: Harbour Pointe Park to discuss the challenges associated with oyster bed restoration and oyster bagging with Ken Gioeli, Dr. Vincent Encomio and
guest, Jim Oppenborn.
2:00pm - 2:15pm Travel on your own/car pool to Wildcat Cove, 3375 N Sr A1a, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
2:15pm - 4:15pm Wildcat Cove oyster bed restoration with Ken Gioeli, Dr. Vincent Encomio and guest, Jim Oppenborn.
Students need water shoes and clothes for wading in water up to hip.  Low tide is at 2:18 p.m. and we will be wading in the water to see the oyster bed restoration project. Eva Ries will be on hand to do birding.

Day 2 Friday, January 24, 2020 (St. Lucie Co. Extension Office)
9:00am - 9:30am Recap Oyster Bed Restoration (Challenges to program and general thoughts) by Dr. Vincent Encomio
9:30am - 11:30am Presentation: Living Shorelines by Ken Gioeli
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own. 
Travel on your own/car pool to Indian Hills Recreation Area, 100 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce (We will meet at the recreation area next to the closed Humane Society building east of Heathcote Botanical Garden) 
12:30pm - 4:00pm Field Trip: Creating and managing a successful living shorelines in St Lucie County – Indian Hills Recreation Area with Debbie McManus, Ken Gioeli and Dr. Vincent Encomio – Guests: Jim Oppenborn and Alyssa Jordan.

Day 3 Thursday, January 30, 2020  (Martin Co. Extension Office)
9:00am - 9:30am Recap living shorelines by Dr. Vincent Encomio
9:30am - 11:30am Presentation: Mangrove Restoration by Dr. Vincent Encomio
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own/Travel on your own or car pool to Florida Oceanographic Society, 890 N.E. Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34996
12:30pm - 4:00pm Field Trip:
Tour of FOS restoration nursery, Jensen Beach Impoundment mangroves (4130 NE Breakwater Dr, Jensen Beach, FL 34957) and living shoreline site (Indian Riverside Park - 1707 NE Indian River Dr, Jensen Beach, FL 34957) in Martin County.

Students should be prepared to potentially wade in shallow water with close-toed water shoes. Bug spray recommended as well.

Day 4 Friday, January 31, 2020  (Marine Resource Council)
9:00am - 9:30am Overview of MRC Lagoon House by Caity Savoia
9:30am - 11:30am Presentation: Salt Marshes by Holly Abeels
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm - 3:30pm Living shorelines and restoration efforts at the Marine Resource Council – Lagoon House.  Prepare to be wet.  Students should bring swim suit, water shoes, towel.
3:30pm - 4:00pm Post Tests/evaluations/graduation by Ken Gioeli

Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances (this rarely happens). 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.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 4.75 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 4.75 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.

Student Carpooling is Necessary for Field Trips and is up to students to arrange.

Flexible Schedule:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no ‘Styrofoam’ containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phones:They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class.

Field Trips:
Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/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.
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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