Manatee County

March 3-17, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 27, 2020
(Course Code: CR20-03)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Office
1303 17th St. West, Palmetto, FL 34221

Florida Maritime Museum
4415 119th St W, Cortez, FL 34215


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Alyssa Vinson, Extension Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County
Phone: 941-722-4524
Email: alyvinson@ufl.edu
Website: sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/manatee/

Other Lead: Dr. Angela Collins, Regional Extension Agent, Florida Sea Grant
Associates: Katherine Oliver, Program Assistant
Assistant: Wayne Douchkoff, Manatee County FMNP Friends Chapter President



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (Manatee County Extension Office)
9:00am - 9:45am Welcome to FMNP Coastal Shoreline Restoration; Objectives & Overview;
Pre-Test, Paperwork
9:45am - 10:00am Icebreaker Activity
10:00am - 11:00am Introductory Presentation: Living Shorelines - Alyssa Vinson
11:00am - 11:10am Break
11:10am - 1:10pm Presentation: Oyster Reefs - Dr. Angela Collins
1:10pm - 2:00pm Lunch (On Your Own) and Drive to Robinson Preserve
2:00pm - 5:00pm Field Trip: Oyster Restoration Project Robinson Preserve
Guest Speaker, Manatee County Parks
5:00pm - 5:15pm Wrap up, Q&A, next week’s information



Day 2 Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (Florida Maritime Museum)
8:00am Meet at Field Trip Location: FISH Preserve, Cortez
8:00am - 11:00am Field Trip, Salt Marsh Restoration
11:00am - 12:00pm Lunch (On Your Own)
12:00pm - 2:00pm Presentation: Salt Marshes - Wayne Douchkoff ( in FMM Classroom)
2:00pm - 3:00pm Salt Marsh Taxonomy Activity
3:00pm - 3:150pm Break
3:15pm - 4:15pm Group Activity: Shoreline Connections, Salt Marsh Restoration FISH Preserve
4:15pm - 4:45pm Wrap up, Q&A, next week’s information


Day 3 Tuesday, March 17, 2020  (Martin Co. Extension Office)
8:30am - 9:00am Meet at Field Trip Location: Perico Preserve
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Trip and Guest Speaker: Mangrove Restoration
12:30pm - 12:30pm Lunch (On Your Own) Return to Classroom
12:30pm - 2:30pm Presentation: Mangroves - Alyssa Vinson
2:30pm - 3:00pm Coastal Mangrove Conservation; Group Activity
3:00pm - 3:15pm Break
3:15pm - 4:15pm Presentation: Volunteers for Successful Ecological Restoration - Alyssa Vinson
4:15pm - 5:00pm Wrap up, Q&A, Post-test, Evaluation


Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the Manatee County Extension office in the Kendrick Auditorium unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be 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 required to drive to meeting locations..

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 suggested and up to students to arrange.

Flexible Schedule:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, bring reusable water bottles and avoid disposable take out containers. 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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