St. Johns County

April 3-5, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 29, 2019.
(Course Code: S19-02)

Classroom Faciliies Information

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
999 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Solomon Calhoun Community Center
1300 Duval St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Williams Wetlands Preserve LLC
State Road 100, Palatka, FL 32177

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kelly Ussia, St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Organization: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Phone: 904-209-0335

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (St. Augustine Alligator Farm)
  Topic: Biological Diversity
9:00am - 10:00am Welcome, introductions, pre-test
10:00am - 11:30am Biological Diversity Presentation
11:30am - 12:30pm Guest Speaker: Tara Dodson (Sea Turtle Conservation)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Case Studies, Discussion, Questions
Working Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Guest Speaker: FWC Statewide Species Conservation
2:30pm - 4:30pm Field Trip: St. Augustine Alligator Farm - International Animal Conservation Programs/Roles of Zoos in Conservation
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up

Day 2 Thursday, April 4, 2019 (Solomon Calhoun Community Center)
  Topic: Ecosystem Integrity
8:30am - 10:00am Guest Speaker: Terran McGinnis - Marine Conservation/Roles of Aquariums in Conservation/Conservation Partnerships
10:00am - 11:30am Ecosystem Integrity Presentation
11:30am - 12:30pm Case Studies, Discussion, Questions
Working Lunch
12:30pm - 1:30pm Guest Speaker: Water Management District – State Water Conservation/Restoration
1:30pm - 2:00pm Travel to Anastasia State Park
2:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip: Anastasia State Park Dune/Coastal Habitat management
4:30pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up

Day 3 Friday, April 5, 2019 (Wetland Preserve)
  Topic: Conservation Strategies
9:00am - 10:30am Conservation Strategies Presentation
10:30am - 11:30am Guest Speaker: North Florida Land Trust
11:30am - 12:30pm Case Studies, Discussion, Questions
Working Lunch
12:30pm - 4:00pm Field Trip: Wetland Preserve Fire Management/Restoration/Rare Habitats
4:00pm - 5:00pm Post-test, evaluations, graduation


Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time. Times above include breaks.

Students need to bring lunch and water bottle to all classes.

Complete schedule and course materials will be provided at the first class session. If you ordered a flash drive you may want to bring a charged computer with you.

To become certified in Conservation Science, you cannot miss any class or workshop sessions. Workshop activities will be outside in various habitats

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