Miami-Dade County

March 25-27, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: S20-05)

Classroom Facilities Information

Zoo Miami: Education Classroom
12400 SW 152nd ST, Miami, FL 33177

Simpson Park
55 SW 17th Road, Miami, FL 33129

Everglades National Park (ENP): Tamiami Trail and Shark Valley
36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Ana Zangroniz, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Organization: Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Extension
Phone: 305-421-4017

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.

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 Trips:
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.

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