Levy County

March 23-26, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 18, 2020
(Course Code: CR20-04)

Class Facility Information

UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
552 1st Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625

Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Agent II
Organization: UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Phone: 352-325-6080
Email: savanna.barry@ufl.edu
Website: https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, March 23, 2020 (Online - on your own)
60 minutes Online quiz: Pre-Test, Living Shoreline introductory, YouTube videos
90 minutes Recorded lecture: Introduction to Living Shorelines Presentation



Day 2 Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:00am - 9:30am Classroom: Welcome, Introductions
9:30am - 2:00pm Field Trip: Travel to Airport Rd and G Street Living Shoreline Projects. Learn about the process of installing the living shoreline. Identify different species of mangroves and marsh vegetation, practice transect monitoring techniques (biological transects, elevation transects), and watch a drone mapping demonstration (wind permitting)
Brown bag lunch
2:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom: Review, Q&A, and, discussion of online presentation
materials from Day 1
90 minutes Online - on your own
Recorded lecture: Marsh Presentation


Day 3 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am Classroom: Review, Q&A, and, discussion of online presentation
materials from Day 2
10:00am - 2:00pm Field Trip: Travel back to shoreline projects from Day 1 and use skills developed the day before to complete actual monitoring surveys along long-term transects that were established in 2014, finish up by helping plant new plants at the marsh
Brown bag lunch
2:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom: Salt Marsh Diversity Activity
90 minutes Online - on your own
Recorded lecture: Mangrove and Oyster Presentations



Day 4 Thursday, March 26, 2020  
9:00am - 10:00am Classroom: Review, Q&A, and, discussion of online presentation
materials from Day 3
10:00am - 2:00pm Field Trip: Assist with constructing prototype artificial oyster reef modules (this will be MESSY) that will be deployed at the living shorelines, finish up by helping plant new plants at the marsh
Brown bag lunch
2:00pm - 3:00pm Guest Speaker (TBA): Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef Restoration Project
3:00pm - 5:00pm Classroom: Review, Post-Test, and Graduation


Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: Unless otherwise noted, “classroom” means we are at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station (552 1st Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625).y

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

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.

Make-up time frame: We are not able to offer make-up material. Please plan to attend all three days.

Flexible Schedule:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• 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! These are allowed in the classroom. Please, absolutely no “Styrofoam” containers during the course (take-out containers, coffee). Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Field Trips:
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes
• Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots/water shoes or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
Must wear closed-toe shoes. Oyster bars, shells, and other sharp objects may be encountered.
• It might be very hot or quite cool on our field trips depending on the weather—please, dress accordingly. It is suggested that you wear loose, long pants that you do not mind getting wet. Bring layers, such as a light jacket, in case you get cold on boat rides.

Suggested field items: Bring WATER, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).



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