Sarasota County

September 15-20, 2023
Registration closes at Noon on September 10, 2023
(Course Code: I23-03)

The course format is in-person.
In-Person Class Facilities

Days 1 & 2: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County - Twin Lakes Park: Green Building
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, Florida 34241

Day 3: Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Dr, Venice, FL 34293

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

Associate:Sarah Davis, MS, CIT, CIG, CIH, 4-H Youth Development Agent

Tentative Course Agenda

Open the PDF below to view the full agenda for this course.

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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.

Note: Please watch for an email from your instructor prior to the first day of class with important instructions and a brief pre-class assignment. Make sure the email you provide at registration is how you would like to be contacted with class information.

Classroom Sessions:

will be hosted at the UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Office (6700 Clark Road Sarasota, FL 34241), except where noted. Please bring your own snacks, beverages, and lunch in reusable or recyclable containers. Please silence cell phones during classroom sessions and field trips.

Activities and Presentations:

Each day includes hands-on activities and learning experiences related to environmental interpretation. The presentations to be done are planned during class and presented as a group. Usually preparation outside of class is not necessary, but there may be some minimal work assigned to prepare for the next day.

In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times:

In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 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. During class your instructor will provide additional information, including maps and/or directions to field trip locations.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the 40 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.


Please try to bring a packed lunch, especially on field trip days where we will most likely eat on-site. We will set aside time for lunch each day, but timing will be flexible based on the day’s activities.

Field Recommendations:

We will spend some time outdoors. There is walking involved but not extensive or rigorous, but it will likely be hot. If you have any concerns about the physical demands, please contact the instructor.

  • Wear: Cool, breathable clothes, long sleeves and pants, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Must wear close-toed shoes for every field trip. The field trails are not always level and we may encounter red ants or poison ivy, so best to protect yourself.
  • 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.
  • It will be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly and HYDRATE.
  • You must bring water with you to drink on each field trip. No exceptions. You will not be allowed on the field trip if you do not have adequate water or hydration with you.
  • Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and if you wish- a change of clothes.

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