Charlotte County

January 11 - February 15, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: cs19-01)

Classroom Facility Information

Charlotte County West County Annex: Conference Room
6868 San Casa Dr., Englewood, FL 34224

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Betty Staugler, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Lead: Jamie Reynolds
Assistant: Glen McLean
Organizations: UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 941-764-4346

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, January 11, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am Welcome, Student Expectations, Pre-test
9:45am - 12:30pm Presentation: Ecology
Presentations: Marine & Estuarine
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch on own
1:15pm – 2:15pm Presentation: Interpretation
2:15pm – 5:00pm Field trip – Oyster Creek Environmental Park (5 min travel included in time)

Day 2 Friday, January 18, 2019
9:00am - 11:45am Recap, Presentations: Birds I, Break, Inverts
11:45am - 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm - 1:45pm Presentation: Mammals
1:45pm – 2:30pm Video
2:30pm – 5:00pm Field trip – Seining/Wading at Cedar Point Park (10 min travel included in time)

Day 3 Friday, January 25, 2019
8:00am - 8:30am Meet at classroom and carpool to Stump Pass Beach State Park
8:30am - 11:30am Field trip – Coastal uplands hike at Stump Pass Beach State Park
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch on own and travel
12:30pm – 4:00pm Recap, Presentation: Coastal Uplands
Presentation: Fishes
4:00pm – 5:00pm Video

Day 4 Friday, February 1, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm Recap, Presentation: Birds II
Presentation: Inverts II
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch on own
12:45pm - 1:30pm Video
1:30pm – 5:00pm Field trip – Kayak Lemon Bay (includes 30 min travel time)

Day 5 Friday, February 8, 2019
8:00am - 12:00pm Field trip – Birding on Palm Island (meet at Annex carpool to ferry landing 10 min)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch and travel
1:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Herps
Presentation: Ethics
4:00pm – 5:00pm Video

Day 6 Friday, December 14, 2018
9:00am - 4:00pm Recap
  Final Project presentations, Post-test, Evaluation, Graduation


Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at West County Annex 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.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

Missing a class or a field trip:
• You can miss 1 classroom session and 1 field trip session (typically equivalent to no more than one day) during the course and still become certified.
• The time and material must be made-up with an instructor’s approval before the material is missed and after the material is made-up.
• If you miss more than 2 sessions, 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.

Make-up time frame: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material. The makeup time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as much of the material builds upon itself.

Student Carpooling is Suggested and for some field trips required.

Flexible Schedule: We recognize your time is valuable and will always honor our start and finish times. Other schedule times are approximate so please be flexible.

Food & Drinks! You are welcome to bring your lunch and a drink to class.

Cell Phones: Please silence your phone while in class and on field trips. If you must receive a call during class, please quietly exit the room.

Field Trips:
Each week you will receive an email with instructions for the field trip along with suggested items to bring and clothes to wear.
• Please 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.

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