Brevard County

August 19-27, 2022
Registration closes at 10:00am on August 15, 2022
(Course Code: I22-06)


In-Person Class Facilities

UF/IFAS Extension Brevard Co. Office
3695 Lake Dr, Cocoa, FL 32926

Sam's House at Pine Island
6195 N Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953

Turkey Creek Sanctuary: Margaret Hames Nature Center
1518 Port Malabar Blvd NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

Barrier Island Sanctuary
6195 N Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County
Phone: 321-633-1702 x52333
Email: habeels@ufl.edu
Website: https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/brevard/


Lead: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Erna Nixon Park
Associate: Mark Prynoski, FMNP Advanced Naturalist


The course format is in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda

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The course format is in-person.

Course Guidelines


Covid-19 safety precautions

In light of the latest CDC updates and guidance from UF health experts, we no longer require masks during in-person FMNP activities but welcome masks for those who wish to wear them and voice support for those who do.


Classroom Presentations: In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly. 

Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

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.

Student Carpooling is suggested when safe to do so, and is up to students to arrange

Flexible Schedule:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late due to unforeseen circumstances.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no “Styrofoam” containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phones are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

FieldTrips:

  • Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions!
    It might be hot or cool indoors and outdoors—please, dress accordingly.
  • Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt). 
  • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies. 
  • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
  • Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. It could rain; we might get gooey, dirty, muddy, or wet. For your comfort, always bring rain gear and a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent. 
  • It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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