Orange County

January 25-27, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: E19-01)


Class Facility Information

Oakland Nature Preserve: Education Center
747 Machete Trail, Oakland, FL 34760


Instructors Information

Lead: Jennifer Hunt, Managing Director
Associate:Todd Angel
Organization: Oakland Nature Preserve
Phone:407-716-4846
Email: director@oaklandnaturepreserve.org
Website: http://www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, January 25, 2019
8:30am - 9:00am Welcome to FMNP Habitat Evaluation, Breakfast, Paperwork, Pre-test
9:00am - 9:30am Overview and Objectives
9:30am – 10:30am Assessing Water Quality (Jennifer Hunt)
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:45am Assessing Water Quality cont.
11:45am – 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
12:30pm – 1:00pm History of Lake Apopka Presentation – FOLA (Friends of Lake Apopka)
1:00pm – 4:00pm Field Trip – On Location at Lake Apopka, Assessing Water Quality Gourd Neck Springs Kayak / Pontoon Book
(Guests: Jim Peterson & Denise Byrneand Jennifer Hunt)
4:00pm – 4:30pm Question, Comments


Day 2 Saturday, January 26, 2019
8:30am - 9:00am Breakfast and informal discussion of previous days topic
9:00am – 9:30am Objectives and Overview
9:30am – 10:15am Assessing Large-Scale Habitat (Todd Angel)
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:45am Assessing Large-Scale Habitat cont.
11:45am - 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
Travel to field trip location
1:00pm – 4:00pm Field Trip - TBD
GPS, GIS Activities
4:00pm – 4:30pm Questions, comments


Day 3 Sunday, January 27, 2019
8:30am – 9:00am

Breakfast and informal discussion of previous days topic

9:00am – 9:30am Overview and Objectives
9:30am – 10:15am Assessing Local-Scale Habitat (Todd Angel)
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:45am Assessing Local-Scale Habitat cont.
11:45am – 12:00pm Questions, Discuss Field Trip
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
12:30pm – 4:30pm Field Trip –On location at ONP (Todd Angel)
hands on assessment for restoration locations  using field equipment
4:30pm – 5:00pm Questions, comments
5:00pm – 4:30pm Post-test, evaluations and graduation

Course Guidelines:

  • Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Oakland Nature Preserve unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly.

    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 required to drive to meeting locations..

    Missing a class or a field trip: Due to the short timeframe of the FMNP Special Topics courses they can be no missed days and there are no make-up days.

    Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.

    Flexible Schedule:

    • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
    • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. 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! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

    Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

    Field Trips:

    • Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
    • Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
    • Don’t 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) and flies.
    • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
    • Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
    • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
    • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
    • It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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