March 25-27, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 20, 2020.
(Course Code: S20-05)
Classroom Facilities Information
Zoo Miami: Education Classroom
12400 SW 152nd ST, Miami, FL 33177
55 SW 17th Road, Miami, FL 33129
Everglades National Park (ENP): Tamiami Trail and Shark Valley
36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194
Lead and Point of Contact: Ana Zangroniz, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Organization: Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension
Lead: Lisa Krimsky, UF/IFAS Extension Agent
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Wednesday, March 25, 2020 (Zoo Miami)|
|8:30am||Meet outside Zoo entrance|
|9:00am – 9:45am||Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork|
|9:45am – 11:15am||Presentation: Biological Diversity (Lisa Krimsky)|
|11:15am – 12:45pm||Presentation: Ecosystem Integrity (Ana Zangroniz)|
|12:45pm – 1:45pm||Lunch on your own: at the zoo or bring bagged lunch|
|1:45pm – 2:00pm||Guest lecture: Dr. Frank Ridgley of Zoo Miami|
|3:00pm – 5:15pm||Field activity at Zoo|
|5:15pm – 6:00pm||Debrief, overview of day 2, dismiss|
|Day 2||Thursday, March 26, 2020 (Simpson Park)|
|9:00am – 9:15am||Day 1 review|
|9:15am – 10:45am||Presentation: Conservation Strategies (Ana Zangroniz)|
|10:45am – 12:15pm||Guest lecture: Dr. Catherine MacDonald
Shark biology/ecology and conservation
|12:15pm – 1:15pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:15pm – 2:15pm||Guest lecture: Maurizio Martinelli
Coral reef and ecosystem restoration
|2:15pm – 2:30pm||Travel to VA Key North Point|
|2:30pm – 5:30pm||Plant ID & Monitoring Activities with Frost Science|
|5:30pm – 6:00pm||Final discussion, debrief, prep for day three|
|Day 3||Friday, March 27, 2020 (ENP: Tamiami Trail and Shark Valley)|
|8:30am||Meet at S-356 pump station on US-441: 1st stop on tour|
|8:45am - 12:00pm||Tour of Tamiami Trail project with guests from FDEP and Everglades National Park|
|12:00pm - 12:30pm||Lunch at Shark Valley|
|12:30pm - 1:15pm||Shark Valley field trip-foot path with ENP staff|
|1:15pm - 4:30pm||Shark Valley field trip: Foot path and tram road|
|4:30pm - 5:30pm||Final discussion, post-test, evaluationM|
Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the location listed in the agenda unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly.
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. Carpooling suggested.
- 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.
• Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
• Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies.
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
• Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
• Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.
Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class.