St. Johns County

January 20- February 22, 2022
Course full. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: S22-01)



Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kelly Ussia, Park Naturalist
Organization: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Phone: 904-209-0335
Email: kussia@sjcfl.us
Website: sjcfl.us


The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday January 20, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • What to expect from the course (15 min)
  • Course Pre-Test (15 min)
  • Questions (15 min)


Day 2 Tuesday January 25, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Biological Diversity Presentation


Day 3 Thursday, January 27, 2022
7:00pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Guest Speaker: TBA ( from FWC)


Day 4 Tuesday February 1, 2022
7:00pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Guest Speaker: TBA - Marine Species Conservation


Day 5 Thursday, February 3, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Ecological Integrity


Day 6 Tuesday February 8, 2022
7:00pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Guest Speaker: Water Management District


Day 7 Thursday, February 10, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Conservation Strategies Presentation


Day 8 Tuesday February 15, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Guest Speaker (Matanzas Riverkeeper)


Day 9 Thursday, February 17, 2022
7:00pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom- link provided by instructor via email
  • Guest Speaker (NFLT)


Day 10 Saturday, February 19, 2022 - Inperson Field Trips
9:00am – 4:30pm
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • Lunch (30 min)
  • Anastasia State Park


Day 11 Sunday, February 20, 2021 Inperson Field Trip
9:00am – 12:00pm Wetland Preserve (Palatka) - Conservation Strategies


Day 12 Tuesday February 22, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Dragonfly Lake Discussion
  • Post Test
  • Evaluations
  • Wrap-Up
  • Graduation


The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

CLASS GUIDELINES:

Covid-19 safety precautions

To protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus, we expect all persons participating at in-person FMNP events to wear masks at events conducted in UF-owned facilities and any facility where the host’s policy is to wear masks indoors, even if you are vaccinated. Outdoor venues pose reduced risks but we encourage mask wearing and social distancing as personal choices.

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.

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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