Levy County

April 8 - May 18, 2021
(Live ONLINE & On your own activities)
Course FULL. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: MR20-01)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Agent II
Organization: UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station
Phone: 352-325-6080
Email: savanna.barry@ufl.edu
Website: https://ncbs.ifas.ufl.edu/


Associate: Victor Blanco, Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Taylor Co.


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, April 8, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Getting familiar with Zoom / Testing equipment
  • Icebreaker/intro
  • Course expectations and format Q&A
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email to registered participants
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
120 minutes
  1. Pre-test (30 min)
  2. Video Activity (1 hr)
  3. Reflection Activity 1 (30 min)


Day 2 Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 1 – Review and Discussion (30 min)
  • Introduction to Marine Habitat Restoration PPT presentation (Savanna Barry)
  • Break
  • Coral Restoration PPT presentation (Victor Blanco)
  • Review and Discussion (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email to registered participants
­Please complete within 3 days of last Zoom meeting
45 minutes
  1. Post-tests, evaluations
  2. Evaluations


Day 3 Thursday, April 15, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 2 – Review and Discussion (30 min)
  • Sponge Restoration PPT Presentation (Savanna Barry)
  • Break
  • Artificial Reefs PPT presentation (Victor Blanco)
  • Review and Discussion (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email to registered participants
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Watch: Artificial Reef and Seagrass Restoration Videos (30 min total)
  2. Read (10 min)
  3. Reflection Activity 3 (20 min)


Day 4 Tuesday, April 20, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Seagrass Restoration PPT Presentation (Savanna Barry or Guest Speaker)
  • Break
  • Reflection Activity 3 – Discussion/Debate
  • Review and Discussion (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email to registered participants
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Watch: Sponge Restoration Video (15 min)


Field Experiences Dates Vary
REEF VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP (3 hours) Join us on an exploration of all our coral reefs have to offer in this virtual field experience and live chat with a REEF Scientist
(More info: https://www.reef.org/ocean-explorers-virtual-field-trips)
SELF-GUIDED FIELD TRIPS (2 locations, totaling 6.5 hours minimum) Self-guided field experiences
Pick two locations (or multiple spots at one location) and visit for a snorkel, boat ride, site tour.
Think about creative options like aquariums, state parks with glass-bottom boats, SCUBA tours or other commercial tours.
Try to visit a diversity of marine habitats, you must see at least two types.
Contact instructors or local professionals for ideas.
Virtual tours are acceptable as long as they are immersive and the appropriate length.
In total, you should spend at least 6.5 hours in the field. Come prepared to report out your experiences briefly at the next (and final) session!


Day 5 Tuesday, May 18, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Report out about field trips, share photos, video, experiences with the class. Each student has 5-10 minutes to present.
  • Course Review
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email to registered participants
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Watch: Artificial Reef and Seagrass Restoration Videos (30 min total)
  2. Read (10 min)
  3. Reflection Activity 3 (20 min)

Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via 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 5.0 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)
• A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

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

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

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 meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
1) outdoors only
2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
4) maintain group size <10 people
5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

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.

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