Hernando County

July 27 - August 10, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on July 23, 2020
(Course Code: I20-07)


Instructors Information

Assistant and Point of Contact: NAI Certified Interpretive Guide Eric Hannel, PhD, President
Organization: Chipco Preserve LLC - Pasco County
Phone: 850-304-9767
Email: EricHannel@ChipcoPreserve.com

Lead: Brittany Scharf, Marine Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County


Tentative Course Agenda (revised 6-30-20)

Day 1 Monday, July 27, 2020 (Online)
10:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (10 min)
  • Course Expectations/verify student roster (5 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (10 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
11:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Pre-test (15 min – test)
  • Review of plan for Day 2


  • Day 2 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (Online)
    10:30am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Part I, Workshop I & Practical Application: Interpretative Presentations
      (pages 5-46)
    12:00pm – 12:30pm
    • Discussion of Part I and review of plan for Day 3


    Day 3 Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (Online)
    11:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Part II, Workshop I & Practical Application: Interpretative Presentations
      (pages 5-46)
    12:00pm – 12:30pm
    • Discussion of Workshop I and the “On Your Own” Activity
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    120 minutes Activity:  Review Florida State Park links (provided by instructor) and select a topic, theme, and outline a presentation based on a natural aspect in the video.  Your work will be submitted to the course dropbox and we will review and discuss them together on Day 4. Link to be provided by Instructors on day 3.


    Day 4 Friday, July 31, 2020 (Online)
    10:30am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Review & discuss assignments from Workshop I (from day 3)
    12:00pm – 12:30pm Break
    12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Workshop II: Guided Interpretative Programs (pages 47-100)


  • Day 5 Monday, August 3, 2020 (Online)
    11:00am - 12:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Workshop II: Guided Interpretative Programs Review and Practical Application
    • Workshop II Group Engagement. Using Breakout rooms in “Zoom,” each group will practice developing an outline for an interpretive guided program. Instructor will visit each breakout room for additional small group discussions.
    • Discussion of Workshop II and the “On Your Own” Activity
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    120 minutes Activity:  Group members will view examples of Guided Interpretive Walks as provided by instructor and capture their thoughts and comments which we will review as a class on Day 6 of the course.  Link to be provided by Instructors.


    Day 6 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Online)
    11:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Review & discuss “On Your Own” Activity from Workshop II (from day 5)
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Break
    12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • Workshop III & Practical Application: Interpretive Displays (pages 101-149)
    • Discussion for breakout sessions and “On Your Own” Activity.
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    120 minutes Activity:  Discover interpretive displays/signs in groups (using the free version of “Zoom”).  Find at least one example of a good sign and one example of a sign you do not find acceptable.  Use your newfound information to review and improve your group project from Workshop III.  Briefly document why you like & do not like the signs in preparation for class discussion on the next class day).  Submit your group project to the course dropbox for review and feedback as a class on Day 7.


    Day 7 Friday, August 7, 2020 (Online)
    10:30am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Class review & discussion of Workshop III projects submitted to the course dropbox from Day 5 Activity.
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Break
    12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • Discussion regarding service learning
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm
    • Reading Assignments distributed to groups
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    120 minutes
  • Assigned readings for discussion on Day 7 with an emphasis on service learning (pages 150-270).


  • Day 8 Monday, August 10, 2020 (Online)
    10:30am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Discussion of “On Your Own” readings with an emphasis on service learning
  • 12:00pm – 12:30pm Break
    12:30pm – 1:30pm
    • Review of local, county, regional and global resources for further engagement of the topic of interpretation
    1:30pm – 2:00pm
    • Post-Test, Evaluation & Graduation

    Course Guidelines

    Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (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 5.0 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)
  • On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time.

    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.

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