Brevard County

June 5 - July 2, 2020 (online classes)
July - September TBD (in-person)
Course full. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: CR20-07)

Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County
Phone: 321-633-1702 x52333
Email: habeels@ufl.edu


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, June 5, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes
  1. Pre-test (15 min)
  2. The Problem of Erosion, YouTube videos (55.5 min)
  3. Reflection Activity 1 (20 min)



Day 2 Friday, June 12, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm

Live online via Zoom

  • Reflection Activity 1 – Review and Discussion (30 min)
  • Introduction to Living Shorelines PPT presentation (60 min, w/break)
  • Discussion and Q&A (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
95 minutes
  1. Watch recording of Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-sized Science Webinar on Living Shorelines (35 min)
  2. Watch: Living Shoreline YouTube videos (20 min)
  3. Read: Wetlands Better than Walls (10 min)
  4. Explore website: Florida Living Shorelines (15 min)
  5. Reflection Activity 2 (15 min)


Day 3 Friday, June 19, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 2 – Review and Discussion (30 min)
  • Marsh Habitats PPT presentation (90 min w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Read: Ecosystem Services Valuation (40 min)
  2. Reflection Activity 3 (20 min)


Day 4 Friday, June 26, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 3 – Review and Discussion (30 min)
  • Mangrove Habitats PPT presentation (90 min, w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
95 minutes
  1. Watch: Oyster Reef Videos (20 min)
  2. Read: Regulations and Permitting for Living Shorelines (45 min)
  3. Reflection Activity 4 (30 min)



Day 5 Thursday, July 2, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 4 – Class Share and Discussion (30 min)
  • Oyster Habitats PPT presentation (90 min, w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Post-test (15 min)


Day 6 July – September 2020 *tentative; subject to rescheduling*
  Sign-up to volunteer with the Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores program or Marine Resources Council on living shoreline projects
3 hours
  • Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores
  • Marine Resources Council



Day 7 July – September 2020 *tentative; subject to rescheduling*
  Sign-up to volunteer with the Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores program or Marine Resources Council on living shoreline projects
3 hours
  • Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores
  • Marine Resources Council



Day 8 July – September 2020 *tentative; subject to rescheduling*
  Sign-up to volunteer with the Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores program or Marine Resources Council on living shoreline projects
3 hours
  • Brevard Zoo Restore Our Shores
  • Marine Resources Council


Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting or Webinar indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom or the provided webinar link) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

To participate, you must have:
• Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Speakers and a microphone
• Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.


*In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. Volunteer events will generally occur over 3 to 5 consecutive half-days (arranged around tides) and there will be many options for participation throughout summer and fall. The instructor is willing to be flexible by not requiring the entire class to attend the same days, asks that the field shifts be completed as soon as possible so as to expedite course conclusion/student certifications. There will be both weekday and weekend options for volunteering. Students will be made aware of options as soon as they are announced. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested. Times do 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.

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