Miami-Dade County

September 29 - October 1, 2021
Course FULL. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: S21-05)

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, September 29, 2021 (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 at the Zoo or bring bagged lunch

1:45pm – 3:00pm 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, September 30, 2021 (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
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 Invasive plant removal and restoration activities with Frost Science
5:30pm – 6:00pm Final discussion, debrief, prep for day three

Day 3 Friday, October 1, 2021 (Everglades National Park )
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-tram road
4:30pm – 5:30pm Final discussion, post-test, evaluation

Course Guidelines

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.

The State and University of Florida have rescinded requirements for vaccinated individuals to wear masks to reduce risks of contracting theCOVID-19 virus. These policies pertain to most properties but privately operated businesses may still require masks and FMNP participants are expected to comply with mask requests as needed. For the safety of all, we request FMNP participants be fully vaccinated prior to attending in-person FMNP classes and field trips and that persons either at risk or concerned about contracting COVID-19 attend 100% online courses.

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.

Flexible Schedule:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible. 
• We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.

Phones: Please make sure they are turned to silent.

Field Trips:
• Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, hat, closed-toed water shoes, field equipment such as camera, binoculars, insect repellent, field ID books, notepad and pen, etc.
• The weather is unpredictable on our field trips—please, dress accordingly

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