Miami-Dade County

September 1-24, 2020 (100% online)
Course full. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: S20-07)



Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Adel Pena, Urban Horticulture Program Specialist
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade County
Phone: 305-670-0228
Email: penaa@ufl.edu
Website: sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/miami-dade/


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, September 1, 2020
5:00pm – 6:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
  • Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) - 10 min
  • Pre-test (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN Links will be provided by instructor via email.
Please complete before next live Zoom session.
40 minutes
  1. Read: Tragedy of the Commons (20 min)
  2. Watch Tragedy of the commons video (5 min)
  3. Reflection Activity (15 min)


Day 2 Thursday, September 3, 2020
5:00pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity discussion (15 min)
  • Biological Diversity (60 min)
  • Guest Speaker TBD: Conservation laws and treaties (50 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Koptur, Florida International University, Nature Teaching (30 min)
  • Q&A, Closing remarks, (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN Links and and guidelines will be provided by instructor via email.
180 minutes Field experience #1: Select a site and perform a wildlife audit and site assessment
(180 min)


Day 3 Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00pm – 7:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Wildlife Audit Discussion (15 min)
  • Ecosystem Integrity (60 min)
  • Case Study: Pine rocklands (20 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Guest Speaker TBD: Miami-Dade Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (30 min)
  • Biodiversity Hotspot vs. Coldspot Activity (20 min)
  • Q&A, Closing (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN Links and and guidelines will be provided by instructor via email.
180 minutes
  1. Field Experience #2: Visit a county park (150 min)
  2. Reflection activity (30 min)


Day 4 Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00pm – 7:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Conservation Strategies (60 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Million Orchid Project (30 min)
  • Break ( 5 min)
  • Guest speaker TBD: Native Tree Restoration, TREEmendous Miami (30 min)
  • Object Centered Learning for Natural Sciences (20 min)
  • VTS Activity: Guess the object (10 min)
  • Q&A, Closing (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN Links and and guidelines will be provided by instructor via email.
160 minutes
  1. Field experience #3: Visit a local habitat preserve (120 min)
  2. Field report (40 min)


Day 5 Tuesday, September 22, 2020
5:00pm – 7:15pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field trip and field report discussion (15 min)
  • Classroom resources: Apps and Citizen Science opportunities (60 min)
  • Break (10 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Jaeson Clayborne, Miami-Dade College, Plugging students into nature through butterfly gardening: (30 min)
  • Q&A, Closing (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN Link will be provided by instructor via email.
60 minutes Watch 1.5 Stay Alive SLR Video ( 60 min)


Day 6 Thursday, September 24, 2020
5:00pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • 1.5 Stay Alive video discussion (15 min)
  • Guest Speaker TBD: Conservation and Sea Level Rise (50 min)
  • Post-Test ,Evaluation, Graduation (60 min)


CLASS 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


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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