Pinellas County

March 16-18, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 11, 2020.
(Course Code: I20-01)


Classroom Facility Information

Weedon Island Preserve
Cultural and Natural History Center: Auditorium
1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environmental Educator,
NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Lead: Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Organization: Sensing Nature, LLC – Environmental Education, Ethical Ecotours, Nature Products
Phone: 727-397-2306
Email: jmurphy@sensingnature.com
Website: www.sensingnature.com



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, March 16, 2020
  Interpretive Presentations Workshop
8:30am - 10:00am Welcome to FMNP Environmental Interpretation; Introductions
& Host Site; Paperwork
10:00am - 10:30am Interpretation Mixer Activity (Brian)
10:30am - 11:00am Introduction to Interpretive Presentations; Learning Objectives,
Overview, Discussion
11:00am - 12:00pm “Interpretive Presentations” PowerPoint (Jeanne & Brian)
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site; not enough time to go buy lunch
  Classroom – Interpretive Presentations
12:30pm - 1:30pm “Interpretive Presentations” PowerPoint - continued (Jeanne & Brian)
1:30pm - 3:00pm Group Work - “Interpretive Presentation Practical Activity”
As a group, determine your group’s indoor Interpretive Presentation topic. Then, each group member is to write a theme based on this topic with at least 3 of the 7 messages that you think are most important. Compare, and then work together on your one, agreed-upon message creating a presentation outline that you will be sharing with the class.
3:00pm - 4:00pm Present Your Group Interpretive Presentation Outline – fun, low stress, indoors
4:00pm - 5:00pm Review; Next Class & Wrap-up
Homework Assignments:
1. Individually – Next class, bring an example to share with the class of a good or bad Guided Interpretive Program (you have up to 3 minutes to describe a personal experience, share someone’s vacation ecotour, etc.
2. Group Practical Activity– Begin discussions about Interpretive Display
Designing an Interpretive Display. Work with your group to create interpretive signage that you will present to class on the last day.


Day 2 Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  Guided Interpretive Programs Workshop
8:30am - 9:15am Introduction to GIPs, Learning Objectives, Overview, Discussion
9:15am - 11:15am "Guided Interpretive Programs” PowerPoint with Breakout Activities and
Discussions (Jeanne & Brian)
11:15am - 12:00pm Review, Questions, Discussions
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site; not enough time to go buy lunch
  Field Application & Presentations of Guided Interpretive Program Outlines
12:30pm - 1:00pm Review; Discuss Homework Examples of Guided Interpretive Programs
1:00pm - 2:00pm Field Application: Enjoy a Guided Interpretive Mangrove Hike by a Sensing Nature
UF Certified Florida Master Naturalist
2:00pm -3:30pm Work on Your “Guided Interpretive Program” with Partners
3:30pm - 4:45pm Outdoors: Practical Experience Present Your Outline for Guiding an Outdoor Interpretive Program (fun, low stress)
4:45pm - 5:00pm Wrap Up & Homework Assignments:
  • Individually: Case Studies – next class, bring an example to share with the class of a good or bad Interpretive display, brochure or kiosk (photos on flash drive, printed image, tell about it, etc.)
  • Group Practical Activity: Designing an Interpretive Display – work with your group to create Interpretive signage that you will present to class on last day.


Day 3 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  Interpretive Displays Workshop
830am - 9:00am Introduction to Interpretive Displays, Learning Objectives, Overview, Discussion
9:00am - 11:00am “Interpretive Displays”PowerPoint (Jeanne & Brian)
Applying Your Knowledge – Case Studies and Brochure Activity
11:00am - 11:30am Share Your Homework Examples of Interpretive Displays
11:30am - 12:00pm Review, Questions, Discussions
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch—bring sack lunch to eat on site; not enough time to go buy lunch
  Course Application & Presentations – Interpretive Displays
12:30pm - 1:30pm Indoors: Visit Weedon’s Cultural and Natural History Center; Discuss Displays 
1:30pm - 2:30pm Application Activity - Time to Work on Group Interpretive Displays
2:30pm - 4:00pm Indoors: Presentations of Your Group Interpretive Displays
4:00pm - 5:00pm Finish any remaining course materials
Post-Test & Graduation!

Environmental Interpretation Class Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Weedon Island Preserve in the Cultural Center Auditorium unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly

If you ordered an USB, bring a computer with full battery charge to see your course material.

Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule does include approximate travel time.

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.

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.

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. You must clean-up after yourself – beverage rings, crumbs, etc.

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 Recommendations:
Weather Cooperating, you will be Applying Class Concepts to On-site Examples.

  • It might be hot or cool indoors and outdoors—please, dress accordingly.
  • Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. 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 in the field. 
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. It could rain; we might get gooey, dirty, muddy, or wet. For your comfort, always bring rain gear and a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants (protects against thorns, cuts, and bites); appropriate closed-toe foot wear (no flip flops or sandals); hat; sunglasses; sunscreen, insect repellent (especially feet/legs).
  • Suggested Field Items: snacks, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, change of clothes.
  • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
  • 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.

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