Sarasota County

September 10-24, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 9, 2020.
(Course Code: S20-09)



Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Armando Ubeda, Florida Sea Grant
Organization: UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension
Phone: 941.218.0199
Email: aubeda@ufl.edu


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, September 10, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom: Instructor sends link by email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes
  1. Course Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Activity description (15 min)


Day 2 Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00pm – 3:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Presentation: Biological Diversity: Foundational Concepts (60)
  • Breakout Activities (30 min)
  • Discussions (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN Reading materials provided by instructor
90 minutes
  1. Read “THE EXTINCTION OF THE PASSENGER PIGEON ECTOPISTES MIGRATORIUS AND ITS RELEVANCE TO CONTEMPORARY CONSERVATION by T.R. Halliday” (30 min)
  2. Complete reflection questions (60 min)


Day 3 Saturday, September 12, 2020
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
180 minutes
  • Visit to Longleaf Pine Ecosystem (150 min)
  • Self-reflection and pictures for discussion (30 min)


Day 4 Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00pm – 3:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field Trip Discussion (30 min)
  • Breakout Activity – Passenger pigeon (30 min)
  • Presentation: Ecosystem Integrity (60 min)
  • Discussion (30 min)


Day 5 Tuesday, September 15, 2020
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
80 minutes
  • Watch “Seas of Shadows” Documentary (50 min)
  • Self-reflection (30 min)


Day 6 Wednesday, September 16, 2020
1:00pm – 3:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussion – documentary (30 min)
  • Presentation: Conservation Strategies (75 min)
  • Breakout Activity (30 min)
  • Discussion (30 min)


Day 7 Thursday, September 17, 2020
1:00pm – 3:15pm Live online via Zoom
  • Presentation: Conservation Strategies – Case Studies (75 min)
  • Breakout Activity (30 min)
  • Discussion (30 min)


Day 8 Saturday, September 19, 2020
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
180 minutes
  • Visit to Maritime Forest or alternate ecosystem based on location (150 min)
  • Self-reflection and pictures for discussion – guided questions provided by instructor (30 min)


Day 9 Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00pm – 3:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field Trip Discussion (30 min)
  • Conservation Management Exercise – Breakout Groups (30 min)
  • Presentation: Climate Change and Conservation of Nature (60 min)
  • Discussion (30 min)


Day 10 Thursday, September 24, 2020
1:00pm – 3:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Presentation: Conservation of Nature in Urban Areas (40 min)
  • Discussion (30 min)
  • Post-Test, Evaluation, Graduation (45 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.

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

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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