Osceola County

May 13 - June 3, 2020 (online classes)
August 19, 2020 (in-person)
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 11, 2020
(Course Code: I20-05)


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Krista Stump, Natural Resources Extension Agent
Organization:UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County
Phone: 321-697-3000
Email: stumpk@ufl.edu/



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (Online) - Welcome
10:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (Krista Stump) - (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • Review assignment instructions (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours
  1. Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Assignment: Virtual Field Trip A and reflection worksheet (60 min)
  3. Assignment: Video A, “Backyard Nature Journaling” (45 min)



Day 2 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (Online) - Interpretive Presentations
9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Presentation: Interpretive Presentations (Krista Stump) – (75 min w/ break)
  • Discussion - Interpretive Presentations, Virtual field trip A, and Video A (30 min)
  • Review assignment instructions (15 min)
  • Instructions for Practical Activity 1: Interpretive Presentations (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. Group Work: Practical Activity 1, Interpretive Presentations* (60 min)
  2. Assignment: Virtual Field Trip B and reflection worksheet (60 min)
  3. Assignment: Interpretive Nature Journal Entry (60 min)


Day 3 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (Online) - Guided Interpretative Programs
9:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Practical Activity 1 Presentations (10 min. + 5 min. Q&A per group) – (60 min)
  • Presentation: Guided Interpretive Programs (Krista Stump) (75 min w/ break)
  • Discussion (30 min)
  • Instructions for Practical Activity 2: Guided Interpretive Programs (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. Group Work: Practical Activity 2, Guided Interpretive Programs* (60 min)
  2. Assignment: Video B, “Creating Virtual Interpretive Programs”; write paragraph reflection (60 min)
  3. Assignment: Complete Interpretive Nature Journal Entry (60 min)


Day 4 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (Online) - Interpretative Displays
9:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
• Practical Activity 2 presentations (10 min. + 5 min. Q&A per group) – (60 min)
• Presentation: Interpretive Displays (Krista Stump) – (75 min w/ break)
• Discussion (30 min)
• Instructions for Practical Activity 3: Interpretive Displays (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
3.25 hours
  • Complete Practical Activity 3: Interpretive Displays* (60 min)
  • Assignment: Create 5-10 minute video explaining your display (submit to instructor on 6/10). (60 min)
  • Assignment: Watch interpretive display videos from other groups; write paragraph reflection for each (60 min)
  • Complete Post-Test (complete within 3 days; submit online) (15 min)


Day 5 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (In-person)
 

Location: UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County
1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744

10:00am - 1:30pm
  • Welcome and in-person introductions (Krista Stump) – (30 min)
  • Discussion: Interpretive Nature Journals, Interpretive Display Videos (60 min)
  • Pot-luck Lunch and Watch Party of Interpretive Display Videos (60 min)
  • Overall Course Discussion, Q&A, Wrap-Up (60 min)


*Groups can continue to work together directly after Zoom meeting or at another planned time.
**If unable to attend, please contact Lead Instructor, Krista Stump, for make-up details.


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 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Speakers and a microphone
• Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time.

In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.  Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

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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