Indian River County

September 14 - October 5, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 10, 2020
(Course Code: I20-10)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Sara Piotter, Director of Education and Outreach
Organization: Environmental Learning Center
Phone: 772-589-5050 ext. 111
Email: sarap@discoverelc.org

Associate: Amy Shea, Environmental Learning Center


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, September 14, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, Icebreaker (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing technology (20 min)
  • Course Pre-test (20 min)
  • Practice with Tangibles + Intangibles (30 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
ON YOUR OWN
What is Interpretation?
Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
60 minutes Students view several different online media (such as virtual tours) and discuss whether or not it is interpretation. What makes something interpretation? What makes something "good" interpretation?



Day 2 Thursday, September 17, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:45am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Debrief On-Your-On assignment 1 from previous session (45 min)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (1 of 3): Interpretive Presentations (60 min)
  • Breakout group practice – Develop an Interpretive Presentation (45 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN
Create an Interpretive Presentation using PowerPoint
Instructions and online links provided by email
Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes Student groups will work together to create a PowerPoint Interpretive Presentation


Day 3 Monday, September 21, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Debrief On-Your-On assignment 2 from previous session (90 min)
  • Guest Speaker, Heather Kramer (ELC Educator) (60min)


Day 4 Thursday, September 24, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • PowerPoint Presentation (2 of 3): Guided Interpretive Programs (70 min)
  • Practice with Tangibles, Intangibles, and Universal Concepts (30 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
ON YOUR OWN
Create a Guided Interpretive Program
Instructions and online links provided by email
Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes Student groups will work together to create a guided interpretive program.


Day 5 Monday, September 28, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Debrief On-Your-On assignment 3 from previous session (90 min)
  • Consider your audience practice (45 min)
  • Present instructions for “self-guided field activity” assignment (15 min)
SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY IHabitat: ANY
120 minutes
  • Students find an example of a sign (series of signs) by visiting a nature center, park, etc. Students photograph the signs and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the sign. (90 min)
  • Students will create a basic Power Point to display chosen signs and provide an overview of sign goals/weaknesses/strengths to group (30 min)



Day 6 Thursday, October 1, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Debrief SELF-GUIDED hands-on activity from previous session (50 min)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (3 of 3): Interpretive Displays (80 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
ON YOUR OWN

Create an Interpretive Display

Instructions and online links provided by email
Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes Student groups will work together to create an interpretive display.


Day 5 Monday, October 5, 2020 (Online)
9:00am - 11:30am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Debrief On-Your-On assignment 4 from previous session (90 min)
  • Post-Test (20 min; complete online)
  • Evaluation of online course format (20 min; complete online)
  • FMNP Course Evaluation (0 in ‘class’ min; complete online within 3 days)
  • Graduation + Details about potential group celebration TBD (20 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.

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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