St. Lucie County

January 21 - February 5, 2021 (100% online)
Course FULL. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: CR21-01)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Ken Gioeli, Extension Agent IV/Natural Resources
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County
Phone: 772-462-1627
Email: ktgioeli@ufl.edu
Website: stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu

Associate: Dr. Vincent Encomio, Extension Agent II/Sea Grant,
UF/IFAS Extension Martin & St Lucie Counties



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1
Thursday, January 21, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, Pre-test, Icebreaker by
    Ken Gioeli (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom technology (20 min)
  • Course manual will be emailed to students
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN
60 minutes
Instructions and online links provided by email
- Video: Southwest Florida’s Mangrove Coast
 Please complete this assignment before class on Day 2.
120 minutes

Begin your course journal.
Visit floridalivingshorelines.com and search for 3 publicly accessible coastal shoreline restoration projects near you.  Try to find sites that show variety of restoration activities.  For example, look for sites that have restoration of salt marshes, mangroves, oyster beds, and general living shorelines.  Its ok if you cannot find variety, but please identify three sites you want to examine as part of this course.  Contact the project manager identified on this website.  Please note that people leave positions so assume that not everyone will be available.  Determine why they are conducting the restoration activities.  What are the problems they were trying to solve?  Were they successful?

This journal will be completed and turned in by February 4, 2021.



Day 2 Friday, January 22, 2021
9:00am – 12:15pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Breakout Rooms: Students debrief their on-your-own video assignment from previous session (30 min)
  • Presentation: Oyster Reef Restoration by Dr. Vincent Encomio (60 min)
  • 15 minute break
  • Artificial/alternative reef materials (60 min) *You would discuss those meshes and other products used or perhaps show videos.
  • UF Oyster Restoration Discussion and Short Video Presentation (20 min) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKrfez3TU6c
  • Discuss your journal project assignments. (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN
60 minutes
Instructions provided by email
- Journal:  Design their own oyster reef modules.  This can be drawn on paper or some other suitable medium.  Research all the different alternatives used for oyster reefs.  Create a pros and cons list.  Include this in your journal.
ON YOUR OWN

Video Assignment
(60 minutes)

Video links provided by email.

  1. Planting Considerations for Living Shorelines
  2. PBS News Hour - Living Shorelines
  3. South Carolina Oyster Restoration & Enhancement Program
  4. FL Aquatalk - Oyster Gardening
  5. Oyster and Clam Farming on FL's Forgotten Coast


Day 3 Thursday, January 28, 2021
9:00am – 12:15pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Discussion of on your own oyster reef assignment (40 min)
  • Presentation on Salt Marsh Restoration by Carrie Stevenson, UF/IFAS Escambia County Sustainability Extension Agent (50 min)
  • 15 minute break
  • Presentation on Mangrove Restoration by Dr. Vincent Encomio (50 min)
  • Break class into four discussion groups: two Salt Marsh groups and two Mangrove Restoration group. Review course supplemental materials and determine which publications would best enable your group to determine valuation of the habitat type you are studying.  Discuss how you are going to assign value to these habitats in your journal. (40 min) 
ON YOUR OWN
120 minutes
Instructions and online links provided by email
Journal: How do experts measure success of coastal shoreline restoration?  Seek out projects that may or may not have been successful.


Day 4 Friday, January 29, 2021
9:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Presentation on Living Shorelines by Ken Gioeli (60 min)
  • Course discussion about journal projects (60)
  • Post Test


Day 5 Friday, February 5, 2021
9:00am – 10:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Final journal submission
  • End of course paperwork/evaluations
  • Final course discussion
  • Graduation

ON YOUR OWN
FIELD TRIP

(120 min)

Field trip to site #1.  Include this in your journal.  Visit floridalivingshorelines.com and search for a publicly accessible living shoreline restoration project near you.  Visit this site and determine the level of success using guidelines provided by course instructors.  Must be conducted by noon on February 4, 2021.

ON YOUR OWN
FIELD TRIP
(120 min)

Field trip to site #2. Include this in your journal. Visit floridalivingshorelines.com and search for a publicly accessible oyster bed restoration project or living shoreline restoration project near you. Please select a site different than site 1. Visit this site and determine the level of success using guidelines provided by course instructors. Must be conducted by noon on February 4, 2021.

ON YOUR OWN
FIELD TRIP
(120 min)

Field trip to site #3.  Include this in your journal.  Visit floridalivingshorelines.com and search for a publicly accessible mangrove or salt marsh restoration project near you. Please select a site different than site 1&2. Visit this site and determine the level of success using guidelines provided by course instructors.  Must be conducted by noon on February 4, 2021.

ON YOUR
OWN ASSIGNMENT
(60 min)

Complete journal and submit to Ken Gioeli (ktgioeli@ufl.edu) and Dr. Vincent Encomio (vencomio@ufl.edu) by February 4, 2021.


Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom) 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 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
• Web camera (most laptops have this included)
• A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations.

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
1) outdoors only
2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
4) maintain group size <10 people
5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

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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