Leon County

October 1-29, 2021
(Live Online, OYO Activities & In-person Field)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 27, 2021
(Course Code: IP21-08)


Classroom Facility Information

UF/IFAS Leon County Extension Office: Auditorium
615 Paul Russell Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32301


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Rosalyn Kilcollins, Consultant
Organization: Rosalyn F Kilcollins Consulting
Phone: 850-570-8889
Email: roztally@gmail.com


Additional Lead: Karen Rose
Associates: Mark Tancig, Extension Agent - Commercial and Residential Horticulture,
UF/IFAS Extension Leon County
Linda Sapp, Educational/Training Programs, FAMU College of Agriculture
and Food Sciences, Cooperative Extension Program



*Note: Depending on COVID 19 Status locally, we have a contingency plan for holding Online Zoom class sessions instead of the scheduled in-person sessions.

As of 9/8, all classes will now be held live online via Zoom.
The on your own activities are designed to extend learning and minimize in person contact time.
Registration has reopened.

The field trips will still be in-person with these safety guidelines:
1) outdoors only; 2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet; 3) wear a mask or cloth face covering; 4) wash hands & sanitize frequently; and 5) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick. Individuals who have safety and health concerns may opt for doing equivalent field excursions on their own with clearance from the Lead Instructor.



Tentative Course Agenda (revised 9/10)

Day 1 Friday, October 1, 2021 (Live online class)
9:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom / testing technology, Smartphone Check and Troubleshooting (20 min)
  • Instructor and FMNP Intro, Course Overview (10 min)
  • Icebreaker & Participant Intros (15 min)
  • PowerPoint: Upland Invasive Plants – Karen (60 min)
  • Intro to Leon County Extension Programs and Volunteer Opportunities
    (10 min)
  • Overview of Florida Invasive Species Council and other websites (35 min)
  • PowerPoint: Introduction to Invasive Plants - Rosalyn Kilcollins (60 min)
11:00am – 1:00pm Break
1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Intro & Tutorial for EDDMaps / I’ve Got One applications (50 min)
  • PowerPoint: Plant Morphology & Interactive Morphology Quiz -
    Rosalyn Kilcollins (70 min)
  • Plant Collecting Guidelines - Q & A, Discussion, Instructions for next class on Zoom and On-Your-Own Activities (10 min)
  • Q & A, Discussion, Instructions for next class on Zoom and On-Your-Own Activities (15 min)
On Your Own More detailed instructions and online links provided by the Lead Instructor via email. Please complete before the next live meeting or posted deadline.

120 minutes

  1. Complete Course Pre-test (30 min; complete online within 2 days before start of course)
  2. Read Introduction and Plant Morphology Chapters
  3. Activity 1: Watch plant press video and make a press (60 min)
  4. Download and install the EDDMaps/I’ve Got One application and familiarize yourself with the apps. (30 min)
Day 2 Friday, October 8, 2021 (Live online class)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Zoom Check In (5 min)
  • Share Activity 1 Plant Press (10 min)
  • PowerPoint: Upland Invasive Plants – Karen Rose (60 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Overview of Florida Invasive Species Council and other websites (25 min)
  • Q & A, Discussion, Instructions for On-Your-Own and class Field Trip (10 min)
On Your Own More detailed instructions and online links provided by the Lead Instructor via email. Please complete before the next live meeting or posted deadline.

120 minutes

  1. Read Upland Invasive Plants chapter
  2. Activity 2: Personal Invasive Plant Inventory (45 min): Students will search in a small area for invasive plant species; investigate species origins; document and enter sightings into IveGot1/EDDMaps
  3. Activity 3: The Natural History and Morphology of Invasive Plants (75 min) -
    Field Experience and Hands-On: Observe the growth and behavior of plants, document and label plant morphology using terms discussed in class and answer questions. Research on websites to investigate species ID and origins; document and enter sightings into IveGot1/EDDMaps
Day 3 Thursday, October 14, 2021 (Live online class)
1:00pm – 3:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Share Website Research, Activity 2 and Activity 3 experiences (40 min)
  • Morphology and ID Presentation and Quiz – Rosalyn (60 min)
  • Q & A, Discussion, Instructions for field trip and On-Your-Own Activity 4: Videos (20 min)
Day 4 Friday, October 15, 2021 (In-person Field)
In Field Location: Maclay Gardens State Park
9:00am – 1:00pm Upland Invasive Plants Field Activities & Guest Leaders
(Bring own lunch
On Your Own More detailed instructions and online links provided by the Lead Instructor via email. Please complete before the next live meeting or posted deadline.

(Optional 60 min plant mounting lesson)

  1. Read Aquatic Invasive Plants chapter
  2. Optional: Herbarium Mounting Activity - using link to guide the process of mounting specimens (60 min)

Day 5 Friday, October 22, 2021 (Live online class & In-person Field)
9:00am–11:00am
  • PowerPoint: Aquatic Invasive Plants - Mark Tancig (60 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Prevention & Control of Invasive Plants: prevention and control; UF/IFAS Assessment and how it works; review control methods using an IPM approach – cultural, biological, physical, chemical - Mark Tancig (25 min)
  • Overview of Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Point (HACCP) to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species - Rosalyn (15 min)
  • Q & A, Discussion for field trip (10 min)
In Field Location: (Tentatively – Wacissa River)
1:00pm - 4:00pm Aquatic Invasive Plants Paddle and Shoreline field trip
On Your Own More detailed instructions and online links provided by the Lead Instructor via email. Please complete before the next live meeting or posted deadline.

90 minutes

  1. Activity 4: Watch one of the videos and write 5 “take-home messages” for discussion in next class
Day 6 Friday, October 29, 2021 (Live online class)
1:00pm– 3:00pm
  • Share Activity 4 – Discuss Videos (25 min)
  • Alternatives Presentation - Rosalyn (20 min)
  • Interactive Aquatic Plants Research (15 min)
  • FMNP Endowment Video, Post Test, Evaluations, Graduation (60 min)

NOTE: Please make sure you schedule appropriate time outside of class to complete the on-your-own assignments, as these are required for certification.

Course Guidelines

This is a Live Online Zoom Course with two in-person field trips and Self-Guided On Your Own Activities, which are designed to extend learning and minimize in person contact time. Please make sure you schedule appropriate time outside of class to complete the on-your-own assignments, as these are required for certification.

**NOTE: The course presentations will be online live on Zoom. The field trips will still be in-person with these safety guidelines 1) outdoors only; 2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet; 3) wear a mask; 4) wash hands & sanitize frequently; and 5) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

* Individuals who have safety and health concerns may opt for doing equivalent field experiences on their own with clearance from the Lead Instructor.

The field trips will still be in-person with these safety guidelines 1) outdoors only; 2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet; 3) wear a mask; 4) wash hands & sanitize frequently; and 5) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick. Individuals who have safety and health concerns may opt for doing equivalent field excursions on their own with clearance from the Lead Instructor.

Class sessions online (via Zoom) are required to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

To participate in the Zoom session(s), you must have:
• Zoom application downloaded (latest version) 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 (please minimize distractions, including turning off cell phones)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Class Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations.

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 class meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow the specified safety guidelines.

Attendance Policy

  • You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours). This is an FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 4.5 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 4.5 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 the Instructor as soon as possible.

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