Leon County

February 7-28, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: S20-04)



Classroom Facilities Information

Leon County Office of Resource Stewardship: Gathering Room
1907 S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC)
155 Research Rd, Quincy, FL 32351

Tall Timbers Research Station: Education Center
13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32312


Instructors Information

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

Assistant: Karen Rose



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 7, 2020 (Gathering Room)
  Biological Diversity: To increase understanding of the role that biodiversity plays in conservation science
9:00am - 10:15am Welcome to FMNP Conservation Science
  • Instructor Introductions, Host Site Information, Paperwork, Pre-Test  
  • tudent Biodiversity Mixer
  • Course Overview
  • 10:15am - 1:00pm
  • Biological Diversity Presentation (Karen Rose
  • Working Lunch (must bring own lunch)
  • Biological Diversity Questions, Discussion
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Fire & Biodiversity Activity (Guest Speaker)


    Day 2 Friday, February 14, 2020 (Gathering Room)
      Ecosystem Integrity: To increase understanding of the factors that sustain or threaten ecosystem integrity
    9:00am - 10:00am
  • Introduction to Ecosystem Integrity, Learning Objectives, Overview, Discussion
  • Ecosystem Integrity Class Activity (Rosalyn Kilcollins)
  • 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Ecosystem Integrity Presentation(Guest Educator: Kim Munshower)
  • Working Lunch (must bring own lunch)
  • Ecosystem Integrity Questions, Discussion and Field Trip Information
  • 12:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Field Trip – Lake Elberta and Lake Henrietta Parks
  • Discover how Lake Elberta and Lake Henrietta play a key role in the Wakulla Watershed Connectivity and Restoration effort.
  • Field Trip Summary and Discussion


  • Day 3 Friday, February 21, 2020 (NFREC)
      Conservation Strategies: To increase understanding of strategies and approaches used to conserve biodiversity and maintain ecosystem integrity
    9:00am - 11:45am
  • Conservation Strategies Presentation (Rosalyn Kilcollins) 
  • Questions, Discussion and Field Trip Information
  • 11:45am - 12:15pm Lunch (must bring your own)
    12:15pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Field Trip – Spring Canyon 
    Guest Field Trip Leaders: Helen Roth & Annie Schmidt
  • Experience stages of longleaf pine forest restoration, steephead ravines and unique plant communities.
  • Field Trip Summary and Discussion


  • Day 4 Friday, February 28, 2020 (Tall Timbers)
    9:00am - 9:30am Introduction to Tall Timbers Research Station
    9:30am - 3:00pm Field Trip – Tall Timbers Research Station
    Guest Field Trip Leader - Brian Wiebler, Red Hills Outreach & Education Coordinator
  • Hands on Lessons/Activities.
  • Tour of burn plots, Explore the Red Hills area of Florida at Tall Timbers, rich in biological diversity, historic resources, and scenic beauty.  
  • Lunch at the Education Center or the Trail (Must bring own lunch)
  • Field Trip Summary and Discussion
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm Review, Post-test, Evaluations, Graduation

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Contact Lead Instructor) if you will not make it to a class or will be late: Roztally@embarqmail.com
      or 850-570-8889 (Call/text)
    • Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to check email for field information the day prior to each class.
    • Approximate times and the order of class topics may change. Student must monitor email for class information the day before each session.
    • Transportation is not included (except as may be provided at a field site). Carpooling is encouraged.
    • Course time schedule does not include your travel time before or after class and when class ends in the field or at a different location.
    • Must bring lunch and water bottle for each class—there is no time or convenient locations to buy food.

    Attendance Policy:

    • You cannot miss more than 4.75 hours (20% of the total course hours) and still become certified.
    • To receive your certificate, the time and material, which exceeds 4.75 hours, must be made-up (by completing an assignment of equivalent time and content) with an instructor’s approval before the material is missed and after the material is made-up.
    • If you miss more than 4.75 hours, the University of Florida will not certify you as a naturalist, but please keep coming to as many classes as possible…this is your class.

    Field Recommendations: 
    • Wear close-toed, sturdy shoes comfortable for walking
    • Bring water, rain poncho, hat, lightweight long-sleeve shirt, insect repellent, sunscreen
    • Don’t wear perfume or cologne or use perfumed soap or body lotion before going out in the field as these may attract unwanted buzzing invertebrates such as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies. Use herbal insect repellent, or use repellents with DEET on clothing and herbal insect repellents on skin.
    • Optional: binoculars, field guides, camera


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