St. Johns County

August 3-26, 2020 (100% online)
Course is FULL. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: I20-08)


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kelly Ussia, Park Naturalist
Organization: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Phone: 904-209-0335
Email: kussia@sjcfl.us


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, August 3, 2020 (Online)
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • What to expect from the course (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
  • Questions (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour and 15 Min (total) 1. Course Pre-test (submit online) (15 min)
2. Signage Evaluation Survey (30 min)
3. Find 1 Good and 1 Bad Example (30 min)



Day 2 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Online)
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Signage Evaluation Assignment Results and Discussion (15 min)
  • Breakout rooms to share examples (15 min)
  • Interpretive displays presentation (1 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours (total)

Homework Assignments
1. Guided park/museum signage reflection assignment (1 Hour)
2. Develop and Interpretive Display- Group Project (2 Hours)



Day 3 Monday, August 10, 2020 (Online)
7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Discussion of Reflection Assignment (30 min)
  • Student Interpretive Display Assignments (1hr 15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 hour Survey about presentation likes and dislikes (1 Hour)


Day 4 Wednesday August 12, 2020 (Online)
7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Survey Results Discussion (30 min)
  • Interpretive Presentations-Presentation(1 Hr)
  • Questions/Additional Discussion (15min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours 1. Theme Worksheets (30 Min)
    2. Outline of Develop an Interpretive Presentation - Group Project
    (1 hr and 30 min)


    Day 5 Monday August 17, 2020 (Online)
    7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Theme worksheets and student presentation outline discussion (45 min)
  • Guest Speaker (45 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours Finalize and Complete Interpretive Presentation- Group Project (2 Hours)



    Day 6 Wednesday August 19, 2020 (Online)
    7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Student Presentations and Feedback (1 Hr and 45 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour Guided Tours/Trips Evaluation Survey (1 Hour)


    Day 7 Monday August 24, 2020 (Online)
    7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Guided Tours/Trips Evaluation Survey Discussion (30 min)
    • Guided Interpretive Programs Presentation (1 Hour)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours (total) Guided Interpretive Program Activity-Group Project (2 Hours)


    Day 8 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (Online)
    7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Student Presentations (1 Hour and 15 Min)
    • Graduation/Final Thoughts (30 Min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    30 minutes 1. Evaluation of online course format (complete within 3 days) (15 min)
    2. Post-Test (complete within 3 days; submit online) (15 min)

    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 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
    • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
    • Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
    • Web camera (most laptops have this included)
    • A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

    On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations


    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. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
    1) outdoors only
    2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
    3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
    4) maintain group size <10 people
    5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
    6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

    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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