St. Johns County

March 4-6, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: CR20-02)

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
Organization: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Phone: 904-209-0335

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (EEC)
9:00am - 10:00am Welcome, introductions, pre-test
10:00am - 10:30am GTM Welcome and Shoreline Assessments
10:30am - 11:30am Living Shorelines presentation
11:30am - 12:00pm Demo Site, Evolution of Research
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
Exploration of the Education Center
1:00pm - 2:00pm Oyster Reefs Presentation
2:00pm - 3:00pm Oyster Reef Designs, Recycling, current evolution of reefs
3:00pm - 4:30pm Closer look at planting restoration, importance of plants, role they play in
stabilizing shorelines
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up

Day 2 Thursday, March 5, 2020 (EEC)
9:00am - 10:00am Salt Marsh Restoration
10:00am - 10:30am Restoration Site overview
10:30am - 11:30am Prep for Restoration Project
11:30am - 3:30pm Restoration Site: Monitoring, Assessments, Install Restoration Project
3:30pm - 4:30pm Project cleanup and debrief
4:30pm - 5:30pm Wrap-up

Day 3 Friday,March 6, 2020  (Marineland - MFO)
9:00am - 10:00am Mangrove Restoration presentation
10:00am - 10:30am Sea Level Rise presentation
10:30am - 11:30am Working lunch
Mangrove restoration videos
11:30am - 12:30pm

Meet at field trip site (walk outside)
Field Identification of mangroves

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

Course Guidelines

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.

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 4.75 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.

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