May 21-29, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 18, 2020
(Course Code: CR20-05)
Classroom Facility Information
Marine Discovery Center (MDC)
520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Assistant: Lisa Mickey, Naturalist
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Thursday, May 21, 2020|
|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 – Chad Truxall|
|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 22, 2020|
|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 – Chris Schlageter
|11:00am - 11:30am||Travel to Battle Island
We will take a short drive over to Battle Island and enjoy our sack lunches under the island’s beautiful oak hammock. After lunch we will hear from local experts about both bees and mosquitoes.
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Lunch on your own|
|12:30pm - 1:30pm||Honey Bee/ Mangrove Association – UF Certified Master Beekeeper,
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Mosquito / Wetland Association – Volusia Mosquito Control, Speaker TBD|
|2:30pm - 5:00pm|
We will break into two groups and rotate between touring the island and kayaking.
Rotating Tour Groups
Young Bear Environmental Consultant, Danny Young
You will have the opportunity to see some of the owner’s efforts to restore her little piece of natural Florida and hear from an expert about the methods for responsibly removing invasive plant species.
During the kayak tour you will have the opportunity to see mosquito ditch restoration areas.
|Day 3||Thursday, May 28, 2020|
|4:00pm - 4:15pm||Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack|
|4:15pm - 5:15pm||Oyster Presentation – Charity Jackson|
|5:15pm - 6:15pm||Shuck and Share Oyster Program Presentation -
Guest Speaker: Jessy Wayles, Conservation Science Coordinator
|6:15pm - 7:15pm||Oyster Bagging –
Guest Speaker: Tess Sailor-Tynes, Conservation Science Specialist
|7:15pm - 8:00pm||Marsh Grass Harvesting / Mangrove Harvesting and Potting – Charity Jackson|
|Day 4||Friday, May 29, 2020|
|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 – Lisa Mickey|
|2:30pm - 3:50pm||
Biodiversity Surveying / Monitoring of restored salt marsh -
|3:50pm - 4:00pm||Florida Master Naturalist Program Endowment Fund|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Post-test / Evaluation / Graduation|
Dates - 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 4.75 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.