Palm Beach County
February 26 - March 14, 2020
Late registration closes at 9:00am on February 24, 2020.
(Course Code: I20-03)
Classroom Facility Information
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
14200 US-1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Mounts Botanical Garden: Building Auditorium
531 N Military Trl, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33472
Lead and Point of Contact: Chris Lockhart, Field Biologist, Plant Ecologist and
Organization: Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Lead: Amanda Thompson, St. Lucie County Environmental Resources
Associate: Molly Sims, Advanced Master Naturalist
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Loggerhead Marinelife Center)|
|6:00pm - 7:15pm||Introductions, Pre-test, ice breaker, objectives and overview|
|7:15pm - 9:00pm||Interpretive Presentation Fundamentals PPT, Case studies
The difference between Environmental Ed and Interpretation?
Work in twos or threes, select a theme, Worksheet activities, create a
|Day 2||Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Gumbo Limbo Nature Center)|
|8:30am - 10:00am||Group project time|
|10:00am - 11:30am||Group Presentations, Discuss, wrap-up, comments|
|11:30am - 12:00pm||Lunch on your own|
|12:00pm - 3:00pm||Interpretive Displays PPT, Case Studies
Personal vs. non-personal interpretation
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Break|
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Review visitor center displays and comments/ favorites|
|4:30pm - 5:00pm||Discuss findings; Relate to homework activity; announcements|
|Independent Study on your own|
|Handout/selfie Interpretive Displays activity at a nature center
– Complete and submit by March 10th
|Day 3||Thursday, March 5, 2020 (Mounts Building Auditorium)|
|6:00pm - 8:30pm||Review Principles of Interpretation
Guided interpretation programs PPT, Case Studies
|8:30pm - 9:00pm||Activity sheets, Group project time, Select theme
Reminders for field trip at Loxahatchee NWR, announcements
|Day 4||Saturday, March 14, 2020 (A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR)|
|8:30am - 10:00am||Guided Interpretive Program field trip|
|10:00am - 12:00pm||Review Tilden’s principles, key components for a good interpretive walk;
Activity sheets, Group project time
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Working lunch
|1:00pm - 1:30pm||Guest speaker, Serena Rinker – interactive program|
|1:30pm - 3:30pm||Group presentations and peer critique –
What was theme, message, how to strengthen
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Post-test and evaluations; Butterfly walk
Graduation; Group photo!!
Environmental Interpretation Class Guidelines
Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” location will vary each week. 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.
- 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.
• 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.
Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips.
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.