Pinellas County

June 1-5, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 29, 2020
(Course Code: I20-06)


Instructors Information

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

Lead: Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist, Environmental Educator, NAI Certified Interpretative Guide
Guest Lead: Kim Munshower, Wakulla Environmental Institute
Guest Associate: Eric Hannel, PhD, President, Chipco Preserve LLC - Pasco County


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, June 1, 2020 (Online) - Welcome & Interpretive Presentations
12:00pm – 1:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Instructor introductions
  • Let’s get comfortable Zooming!
  • Practice your Zoom-abilities
  • Course expectations and format; Q&A
  • Verify student roster correct
  • Student icebreaker and introductions
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1:00pm – 1:30pm Pre-test (15 min)
1:30pm – 4:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretive Presentations (pgs. 5-46)
  • Interpretive Presentations” Ppt
  • Developing a Strong Theme-based Caption” Kim Munshower


  • Day 2 Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (Online) - Interpretive Presentations
    9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • “Interpretive Presentations” Ppt; Case Studies
    • Interpretive Presentation Example by Eric Hannel
    • Group Break-out Session - “Interpretive Presentation Practical Activity”
      (pgs. 42-45).
    • Discussion; Questions & Answers; On Your Own Homework Assignment
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours Homework Assignments
    1. Interpretive Presentations: Case Studies” pages 38-41 (1 hour)
    Due before start of next class. Submit your worksheet to Jeanne electronically.
    2. Continued: “Interpretive Presentation Practical Activity” pgs. 42-45 (1 hour)


    Day 3 Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (Online) - Interpretive Presentations &
    Guided Interpretative Programs
    12:00pm - 5:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Review; Discuss Case Studies homework
    • Group Break-out Session - “Interpretive Presentation Practical Activity”
      pgs. 42-45
    • Present Your Group Interpretive Presentation Outline. Fun, low stress, indoors.
    • Guided Interpretive Programs (pgs. 47-100)
    • “Guided Interpretive Programs” Ppt; Breakout Activities & Discussions
    • Review, Questions, Discussions; “On Your Own” Homework Assignment
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour Homework Assignments:
    1. Read GIP Case Studies pgs 89-92 (20 mins)
    2. Find example of a good or bad (outdoor) Guided Interpretative Program
    (40 mins)


    Day 4 Thursday, June 4, 2020 (Online) - Guided Interpretative Programs
    12:00pm - 5:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Share Homework Examples of Guided Interpretive Programs
    • Engaging Youths during Guided Interpretative Programs – Presentation by
    Kim Munshower
    • Group Practical Activity: Create a “Guided Interpretive Program” using the course activity worksheet (pgs. 93-100)
    • Practical Experience – Present Your Outline for Guiding an Outdoor Interpretive Program (fun, low stress)
    • Wrap Up; Discuss “On Your Own” Homework Assignment
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour Homework Assignments:
    1. Find an example to share with the class of a good or bad interpretive display, brochure or kiosk. Due before start of the next class (30 mins)
    2. Interpretative Displays: Case Studies – Read pgs. 133-142 in manual
    (30 minutes)


    Day 5 Friday, June 5, 2020 (Online) - Interpretive Displays
    12:00pm - 4:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Interpretive Displays” PPt; Discussion Examples
  • Share Homework Examples of Interpretive Displays
  • Practical Activity: Design an Interpretive Display (pgs. 144-146). Work with your group to create interpretive signage that you will present to class using the course manual scenario.
  • Present Your Group Interpretive Displays (mock-up)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    45 minutes Post-Test and Evaluations
    4:45pm - 5:00pm Live online via Zoom
    Review Post-Test; Wrap-up & Graduation!


    Course Guidelines

    Live Online Classroom: We will be coming together using the Zoom online computer platform for instructor presentations, discussions, and in-real-time group activities at the times listed on the schedule. All necessary website links will be provided to you as needed throughout the course. This is an interactive course.

    Zoom:

    • If you haven’t used Zoom before, please do not be intimidated.
    • Download for Free - to download Zoom go to https://zoom.us/download
    • Tutorials about Zoom – There are excellent tutorials about how to use Zoom offered on the Zoom website.
    • Zoom Practice Session with Instructors: We will have an optional practice session before our first day of class to help you become comfortable with this online experience.

    What You Need to Participate by Zoom

    • Stable internet connection; wired or wireless
    • Speaker and a Microphone; laptops typically have this already
    • Web cam; laptops typically have a camera already
    • Quiet space for participating during the Live Online Classroom

    Schedules Times for Live Online Classroom Sessions may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a power outage kicks us off of Zoom. We doubt this will happen, but if it does, the instructors will reschedule another time to meet or provide a recording to watch. We don’t expect this to happen, but it is the student’s responsibility to make sure that they are keeping up with the coursework.

    “On Your Own” in the Schedule describes required course activities that you are required to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Classroom time that we meet. Sometimes we will be switching between Live Online times and On Your Own times within a block of the course schedule. 

    Attendance Policy:

    • Attendance will be taken throughout class; participation in activities, readings, etc. will also be monitored.
    • 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.

    Flexible Schedule:
    • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible. Please arrange your schedule for that purpose.
    • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run 10-15 mins late due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Quell Your Distractions to Get the Most Out of Your Class:
    • Noise – Find a quiet location to attend your online class. Please be sure to mute your microphone unless you are asking a question, or actively participating in a classroom discussion. (We will show you how – it’s easy.)
    • Cell phones – Use them outside of class hours, during breaks, or before/after class. Just like during our in-person classes, please don’t use take calls during our sessions or allow your phone to ring.
    • No texting or emails – Avoid their lure to the dark side.
    • Violators will have to share with the class a funny and appropriate example of a sign, brochure or headline showing why words and images matter during the following live online classroom session.

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