St. Johns County

September 7-28, 2021
(Live ONLINE, On Your Own & In-person field)
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: IP21-06)

Instructor Information

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



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday September 7th
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment
  • What to expect from the course
  • Course Pre-Test
  • Questions
Day 2 Wednesday September 8th
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Introduction to Invasive Plants
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email. Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour
  • Yard & Neighborhood Assessment
Day 3 Tuesday September 14th
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • HW Discussion
  • Upland Invasive Plants
Day 4 Wednesday September 15th
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:15pm
  • Guest Speaker: FCIWG
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email. Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour 15 Min
  • Local Nursery Assignment
Day 5 Tuesday September 21st
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • HW Discussion
  • Aquatic Invasive Plants
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email. Please complete before next live Zoom session
45 Min
  • Aquatic Invasive Videos & Research
Day 6 Wednesday September 22nd
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • HW Discussion
  • Guest Speaker: Native Landscaping
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email. Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour
  • Build Your Own Landscape
Day 7 Saturday September 25th
IN PERSON
  • Field Trips (Solomon Calhoun Center)
9:00am–4:30pm
  • Invasive Species Removal
  • Lunch (30min)
  • Plant Morphology Presentation
  • Plant Morphology Lab
Day 8 Sunday September 26th
IN PERSON Field Trip (Trout Creek Boat Ramp)
10:00am–1:00pm
  • Trout Creek Kayak Trip
Day 9 Tuesday September 28th
LIVE ONLINE MEETING
(Zoom)
Zoom meeting link provided by email
7:00pm–8:30pm
  • Share HW Assignment
  • Post Test
  • Evaluations
  • Wrap-Up

Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (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 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)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time.

*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. Carpooling suggested. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

Attendance Policy

  • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours) of the Core Module course. You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours) of the Special Topics or Restoration Series course. This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the (8 or 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 (8 or 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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