Lee County

January 12 - February 23, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on January 8, 2019
(Course Code: cs19-02)


Classroom Facility Information

Boca Grande Community Center: Houghton Room
131 First Street West, Boca Grande, FL 33921


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jason Robertshaw, Education Manager

Guest Speaker: Kiley Gray, Education Coordinator
Organization: Mote Marine Laboratory
Phone: 941-388-4441 x250
Email: jrshaw@mote.org
Website: mote.org




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Introduction
- Pre-test and Paperwork
- Ecology of Coastal Systems
- Video 3 of 4: Estuarine Systems; Questions & Discussion
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 3:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Marine and Estuarine Habitats
- Guest/Student Speaker Charlotte Harbor  Aquatic Preserve
3:30pm – 4:30pm Field Experience
- Gasparilla Island and Lighthouse Museum observe Beach & Dune Systems


Day 2 Saturday, January 19, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Review
- Group Projects
- Coastal Upland Habitats
- Guest Speaker: BIPS/Audubon
- Video 1 of 4: Beach & Dune Systems; Questions & Discussion
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Invertebrates I and II Guest Speaker Dr. Ernie Estevez


Day 3 Sunday, January 20, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Experience
- Lemon Bay Environmental Center to observe Marine and Estuarine Habitats.

- Student field presentations



Day 4 Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Reptiles & Amphibians (Herptiles)
- Fish
- Video 2 of 4: Nearshore Environment; Questions & Discussion
- Coastal Waterbirds
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Coastal Waterbirds
- Guest/Student Speaker
- General Birds in Coastal Systems



Day 5 Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm Field Experience
- Boca Grande

- Aquatic Species Collection event with Florida Marine Science Educators Association guide (catch and release) to observe Invertebrates and Nearshore Environments

- Student field presentations



Day 6 Saturday, February 2, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Review and Group Projects
- Mammals in Coastal & Marine Areas
- Interpretation of Coastal Systems
- Video 4 of 4: Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society; Questions & Discussion
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Guest/Student Speaker: BIPS/Audubon
- Ethics in Environmental Education and Eco-Heritage Tourism
3:00pm – 4:00pm Field Experience
- Mote office to discuss Environmental Education


Day 7 Saturday, February 9, 2019
9:00am - 12:30pm Classroom, Video, Presentations
- Make up day
- Group project work
  Optional Field Experience
- Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve to observe Estuarine Systems (room for 9)


OPTIONAL Wednesday, February 13, 2019
9:00am - 10:30am Optional Coffee with a Scientist
- Dr. Jim Locascio, Mote’s Fisheries Habitat Ecology & Acoustics
Program Manager


Day 8 Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm Group Presentations: Groups 1, 2 & 3
12:00pm - 1:00pm Potluck
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Classroom, Video, Presentations
Group 4
Post-test, Evaluation and Graduation


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

February 23 is Emergency/Overflow date in the  event of closures or unforeseen circumstances.

If you are coming from off-island, the Boca Grande Swing Bridge is a toll bridge. It is the only land link from Charlotte County to the Community Center. Cars/Pickup Trucks/Motorcycles are $6.00. Discount passes are available here: http://giba.us


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