Sarasota County

August 24 - September 17, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on August 21, 2020
(Course Code: I20-09)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Dr. Katherine Clements, Ecology and Natural Resources Educator
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Phone: 941-861-9822
Email: kclements@scgov.net
Website: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/sarasota

Associate: Sarah Davis, MS, CIT, CIG, CIH, 4-H Youth development agent and
NAI certified trainer, guide, and host


Tentative Course Agenda

NOTE: A pre-session date prior to first day will be added. It will provide participants time to test Zoom.

Day 1 Monday, August 24, 2020 (Online)
9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (20 min)
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions & expectations (20 min)
  • Students introduce themselves and share their natural object (55 mins)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (5 min)
  • Course Pre-test: submit online prior to class tomorrow (20 min)



Day 2 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (Online)
9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Presentation and discussion on Interpretive Presentations (90 minutes)
  • 3 Breakout rooms to practice theme development for children (15 minutes)
  • Share your group’s theme and interpretive strategy for age group (15 mins)


  • Day 3 Thursday, August 27, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am - 12:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • 2 Breakout rooms for case study review (20 mins)
    • Share group’s case study (15 mins)
    • Break out rooms for Interpretive Presentation Practical activity (40 mins)
    • 10 min break
    • Present your group’s activity (60 mins)
    • Discuss tangibles, intangibles, universal concepts activity due Day 3 (10 mins)
    • Discuss scavenger hunt activity due Day 5 (20 mins)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour
    1. Identify tangibles, intangibles, and universal concepts for your natural object
    2. Fill in supplied power point template and email to sarahdavis@ufl.edu by midnight Sunday, September 6, 2020
    3. Start scavenger hunt activity, due by midnight Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to kclements@scgov.net


    Day 4 Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Welcome back and NAI video “I am an Interpreter” (15 mins)
    • Share power point intangibles, tangibles, universal concepts activity (30 mins)
    • Presentation and discussion on Guided Interpretive programs (90 mins)
    • 10 min break
    • Discussion on special populations and challenging situations (20 mins)
    • Break out rooms for case studies (20 mins) (3 studies- 2 groups?)
    • Present your groups case study (20 mins)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour Continue scavenger hunt activity, due by midnight Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to kclements@scgov.net


    Day 5 Thursday, September 10, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Review (10 mins)
    • 4-5 Break out rooms for practical activity (60 mins)
    • 10 min break
    • Share your groups practical activity (60 mins)
    • TBA: Guest Interpreter (60 mins including Q & A)

    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour 1. Develop theme for your natural object and refine your story
    2. Continue scavenger hunt activity, due by midnight Wednesday,
    September 16
    , 2020 to kclements@scgov.net


    Day 6 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • Share natural object revised story (60 mins)
    • Presentation and discussion on Interpretive Displays (60 mins)
    • 10 min break
    • Breakout groups for case studies (10 mins)
    • Share case study thoughts with group (20 mins)
    • TBA: Special Topic: Interpreting in a Virtual Environment (50 mins)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    1 hour Continue scavenger hunt activity, due by midnight Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to kclements@scgov.net



    Day 7 Thursday, September 17, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by email
    • 4-5 breakout rooms for Practical activity (45 mins)
    • Share group’s activity (60 mins)
    • 10 min break
    • Scavenger hunt activity presentation (45 mins)
    • Evaluation of online course format (20 min)
    • Post-Test (20 min)
    • Graduation



    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.

    All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

    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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