St. Lucie County

October 7 - November 5, 2021
(Live Online sessions and Field/Activities on your own & self-guided)
Course FULL. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: CR21-03)


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

Associates: Dr. Vincent Encomio, Extension Agent II/Sea Grant,
UF/IFAS Extension Martin & St Lucie Counties
Carrie Stevenson, Sustainability Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, October 7, 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/testing technology (20 min)
  • Course manual will be emailed to students
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN
(60 min)

Video:  Southwest Florida’s Mangrove Coast
Link: https://www.pbs.org/video/mangrove-coast-awzgsj/
Please complete this assignment before class on Day 2.

Answer these questions while watching the video:

  • What natural features reduced coastal flooding on Marco Island when Hurricane Irma hit in Sept 5, 2017? 1:35
  • What is an estuary? 4:44
  • Why did the fisheries in Tampa Bay collapse? 22:21
  • Describe the stewardship program designed to manage land resources in Rookery Bay? 44:45
ON YOUR OWN
(120 min)

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. It's 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?  Refer to course supplemental resources to determine if they were successful.  Refer to supplemental materials on our Shared Google Drive. 

This journal will be completed and turned in before the end of the course.



Day 2 Friday, October 8, 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 min)
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 min)

Planting Considerations for Living Shorelines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jf6w8DOzOs&t=1s

PBS News Hour - Living Shorelines
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwSrTICsG2I&t=35s

SCORE - South Carolina Oyster Restoration & Enhancement Program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEGO-EuNN2w

FL Aquatalk - Oyster Gardening
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yko-ZeJ87tY

Oyster and Clam Farming on FL's Forgotten Coast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bodGgN4eRA



Day 3 Thursday, October 21, 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 (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 min)
Journal: How do experts measure success of coastal shoreline restoration? Seek out projects that may or may not have been successful.


Day 4 Friday October 22, 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 min)


Day 5 Friday November 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.  Refer to supplemental materials on our Shared Google Drive. 
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 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. Refer to supplemental materials on our Shared Google Drive. 

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 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. Refer to supplemental materials on our Shared Google Drive.

ON YOUR OWN
ASSIGNMENT
(60 min)
Complete journal and submit to Ken Gioeli (ktgioeli@ufl.edu) and
Dr. Vincent Encomio
(vencomio@ufl.edu)


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.


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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