Brevard County

March 6-14, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 2, 2020.
(Course Code: E20-01)


Classroom Faciliies Information

UF/IFAS Extension Office Brevard County
3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa, FL 32926

Barrier Island Sanctuary
8385 S Hwy A1A, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Turkey Creek Sanctuary
1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

Sam's House at Pine Island
6195 N Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953


Instructors 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

Lead: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor, Erna Nixon Park
Associate: Mark Prynoski



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, March 6, 2020 (Extension Office Brevard County)
5:00pm - 6:30pm Welcome to FMNP Environmental Interpretation; Objectives & Overview; Paperwork; Introductions
6:30pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Interpretive Presentations PowerPoint


Day 2 Saturday, March 7, 2020 (Barrier Island Sanctuary - BIC)
9:00am - 12:00pm Practical Activity: Interpretive Presentations
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch On Your Own
12:30pm - 2:00pm Guest Speaker: Joy Winet, Education Center Coordinator, BIC
Examples of Interpretive Presentations, Displays, and Guided Programs
2:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Guided Interpretive Programs PowerPoint


Day 3 Friday, March 13, 2020 (Turkey Creek Sanctuary)
5:00pm - 8:00pm Practical Activity: Guided Interpretive Programs
8:00pm - 9:30pm Guest Speaker: Tracey Wright, Park Naturalist, Turkey Creek Sanctuary
Examples of Interpretive Presentations, Displays, and Guided Programs


Day 4 Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Sam’s House at Pine Island)
9:00am - 12:00pm Presentation: Interpretive Displays PowerPoint
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch On Your Own
12:30pm - 1:30pm Guest Speaker: Martha Pessaro, Retired Education Center Coordinator, Sam's House at Pine Island
Examples of Interpretive Presentations, Displays, and Guided Programs
1:30pm - 4:30pm Practical Activity: Interpretive Displays
4:30pm - 5:00pm Post-Test and Evaluation



Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at one of the four addresses listed under Classroom Facilities Information unlless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly

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 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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