Palm Beach County

September 29 - October 20, 2021
(Live online & Optional in-person field trip)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 24, 2021
(Course Code: IP21-09)

Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Christine Lockhart, Plant Ecologist
Organizations: Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Phone: 561-738-1179
Email: chris@lockharts.org

Additional Lead: Kristen Hoss, Youth Environmental Alliance



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, September 29, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment
  • Games on Zoom – ice-breaker (45 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
  • Questions and Course Pre-test (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN   

 

Instructions and online links provided by email
Complete before next live Zoom session
1 hour
  1. Watch TEDed video, make notes on another example of feedback loops to share in class
  2. Download the IVEGOT1 app or EDDMapS app on your smartphone
  3. How to use the EDDMapS App - YouTube
Day 2 Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
5:45pm – 6:00pm NETWORKING/ Get to know you TIME!
6:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Review and discuss on your own assignment
  • 6:30pm – 7:50pm
  • Introduction to Invasive Plants of Florida presentation
  • 7:50pm – 8:00pm Break
    8:00pm – 8:45pm
  • Discuss case studies, other examples
  • 8:45pm–9:00pm
  • Review growth habits, morphology assignment; Collecting caveats
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
    Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2 hours
    1. Prepare for Morphology lab – collect fallen or fresh leaves with 4 different shapes and margins.
    2. Make leaf rubbing of the four leaf shapes. Follow worksheet to ID characters. Prepare to share in class.
    3. Optional: Identify using iNaturalist or Seek app, or a book
    4. NOTE: Bring a flower to class
    Day 3 Saturday, October 9, 2021
      Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
    8:15am – 8:30am NETWORKING/ Get to know you TIME!
    8:30am – 10:00am
    • Discuss assignment (20 min)
    • Morphology lab presentation, Part 1, Leaves
    • Share rubbings to identify leaf parts (in breakout rooms)
    10:00am – 10:10am Break
    10:10am - 11:00am
    • Morphology lab presentation, Part 2, Stems to Flowers, and more!
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    • Break-out room:  share flower photos, describe arrangement, habit
    • Share plant ID resources; Discuss apps and assignment
    ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
    Please complete before posted deadlines
    2 hours
    1. Select one monocot and one dicot, take photo and describe growth habit, leaf, flower (if present), stem, other characteristics.
    2. Submit photo of each (one monocot and one dicot), & leaf rubbing with characteristics; include ID, if known. Submit by Tuesday, Oct. 12th.
    Day 4 Thursday, October 14, 2021
      Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
    5:45pm – 6:00pm NETWORKING/ Get to know you TIME!
    6:00pm – 6:40pm
    • Discuss assignment results, any difficulties (30 min)
    • Break (10 min)
    6:40pm – 7:40pm
  • Presentation:  Upland Invasive Plants, Part 1: Forbs to Grasses
  • 7:40pm – 7:50pm Break
    7:50pm – 8:30pm
  • Presentation: Upland Invasive Plants, Part 2: Vines to Palms, Introductions
    and Behaviors
  • 8:30pm–9:00pm
  • Share FLEPPC (FISC) 2019 list and IFAS Assessment site; iNaturalist, Seek and other apps, reference books. Review assignment.
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
    Please complete before posted deadlines
    2.5 hours
    1. Identify and list at least 10 plants in your yard, nearby preserve or parking lot landscape or local nursery; check if they are native, non-native or invasive, especially if we discussed in class. If Invasive, check and list its status from FLEPPC/FISC list and IFAS assessment.        
      Goal
      : To identify and locate at least 5 invasive plants. If invasive and growing/alive, use EDDMapS or IVEGOT1 app to record.
    2. OR join an invasive plant removal activity (check local or state park or natural area); record what you removed, habitat, removal method.
    3. What characters were most helpful to ID? Submit list of plants and characters by Monday, October 18th.
    Day 5 Saturday, October 16, 2021
    OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP or  ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions provided by email
    *ALL students are required to attend either the in-person OR on-your-own field trip activity.Complete before posted deadlines
    In-person field trip
    (2 hours)
    In-person field trip to identify invasive plants – Sign-up required
    8:30am – 10:30 am  Bring smart phone with apps.  LOCATION TBD
    ON-YOU-OWN
    (2 hours)
    Do iNaturalist Scavenger hunt for invasive plants at local park, preserve or natural area (upland or wetland). Take and submit selfie by the entrance sign by
    Monday, Oct. 18th
    Day 6 Wednesday, October 20, 2021
      Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
    5:45pm – 6:00pm NETWORKING/ Get to know you TIME!
    6:00pm – 6:30pm
    • Post what you found in chat box; Debrief scavenger hunt, in-person field trips
    6:30pm – 7:15pm
  • Guest Speaker: Michael Yustin, Project Manager, Public Works Dept. Martin County - Invasive plant management; TC CISMA
  • 7:15pm – 7:30pm Break
    7:30pm –9:00pm
  • Presentation: Aquatic and wetland plants; History & management
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
    Please complete before posted deadlines
    2 hours
    1. Read a label of an herbicide or other chemical that you use. Consider if your use is in line with the label instructions. Note any cautions about impacts to aquatic organisms.
    2. For any invasive plants you identified from the Day 4 activity, recommend native alternatives to share in class.
    3. Walk along a nearby canal or waterbody. Observe/note any invasive plants
    4. Watch “Nature Knowledge: Glyphosate, Why is it So Controversial?”
    Day 7 Saturday, October 23, 2021
      Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
    8:15am – 8:30am NETWORKING/ Get to know you TIME!
    8:30am – 9:30am
    • Field trip video and debrief – Aquatics and Wetlands invasive plants
    • Share findings from canal walk (chat room)
    9:30am – 10:00am
  • Management techniques – What’s a weed wrench? Herbicide use, READ THE LABEL!!  Plant look-alikes; Is it Florida Friendly?
  • 10:00am - 10:10am Break
    10:10am – 11:00am
    • Guest speakers– Biocontrol
    • UF/IFAS
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    • Evaluation of online course format (20 min)
    • Post-Test (20 min)
    • Graduation! (20 min)

    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.

    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. Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.

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