Volusia County

February 8 - March 15, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 4, 2019
(Course Code: cs19-04)


Classroom Facility Information

Marine Discovery Center (MDC)
520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169


Instructors Information

Lead: Chad Truxall, Executive Director
Associate and Point of Contact: Charity Jackson, Naturalist Guide and Narrator
Assistant: Lisa Mickey, Naturalist Guide and Narrator
Organization: Marine Discovery Center
Phone: 386-428-4828
Email: charity@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 8, 2019
9:00am - 10:00am Sign In, Welcome to Coastal Systems, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks, Introductions, Pre-test, Waivers
*Bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite coffee mug.
10:00am - 10:45am Ethics in Environmental Education and Eco-Heritage Tourism
10:45am - 11:30am Interpretation of Coastal Systems
11:30am – 1:30pm Field Trip – Guided Boat Tour – Estuary Ecology
  • Boat dock is a short drive from MDC – carpooling is encouraged
  • Opportunities for student interpretation will occur during the tour
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch to eat on the boat
  • Sun protection is recommended
1:30pm – 2:30pm Coastal Systems Ecology
2:30pm – 3:30pm Interpretive Presentation- Sharks
Guest Speaker: Eric Sander
3:30pm – 4:30pm Student Project Discussion


Day 2 Friday, February 15, 2019
9:00am - 9:30am Sign In, Welcome, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks
9:30am - 10:30am Invertebrates I
10:30am - 11:30am Exhibit Tour – Intern TBD
11:30am - 12:30pm Invertebrates II
12:30pm – 1:15pm Video – Florida's Nearshore Environments
1:15pm – 4:00pm Field Trip – Boat Trip - Invertebrate Discoveries
  • Boat dock is a short drive from MDC
  • Opportunities for student interpretation will occur during the tour
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch to eat on boat
  • Bring closed toe water shoes, sunscreen, clothes that can get wet and a change of clothes
  • Class will be dismissed at the end of the trip from the boat dock


Day 3 Friday, February 22, 2019
9:00am - 9:30am Sign In, Welcome, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks
9:30am - 10:30am Marine & Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Uplands Habitats Presentation
10:30am - 11:30am Live Animal Presentation – Birds
Guest Speaker: Gina Holt
11:30am – 12:00pm Video -  Florida's Beach and Dune Systems
12:00pm – 4:30pm Field Trip – Canaveral National Seashore

Coastal Plants – Guest Speaker: Ray Jarrett
Trash and Treasure in the Wrack Line and Wrack Line Walk
Guest Speaker: Dr. Maia McGuire, Sea Grant

  • Canaveral National Seashore is a short drive from MDC – carpooling encouraged
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch to eat on arrival
  • You will have an hour to drive to Canaveral and eat lunch.  There is a nice pavilion at the visitor’s center where you can enjoy a quiet breezy lunch.  We will start the program promptly at 1:00.
  • Opportunities for student interpretation will occur during the field trip
  • Bring closed toe water shoes, sunscreen, clothes that can get wet and a change of clothes
  • Class will be dismissed from Canaveral National Seashore

 



Day 4 Friday, March 1, 2019
9:00am - 9:30am Sign In, Welcome, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks
9:30am - 11:30am Fish Presentation
Gyotaku Fish Printing Activity – Guest Speaker: Dr. Ken Nusbaum
11:30am - 12:30pm Mammals Presentation
12:30pm - 1:00pm Video - Coastal Systems in the Human Landscape
1:00pm – 4:00pm Field Trip – Boat Trip – Seine netting and fish ID – Chad Truxall
Boat dock is a short drive from MDC – carpooling is encouraged
  • Opportunities for student interpretation will occur during the tour
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch to eat on the boat
  • Bring closed toe water shoes, sunscreen, clothes that can get wet and a change of clothes
  • Class will be dismissed at the end of the trip from the boat doc



Day 5 Friday, March 8, 2019
8:00am - 8:45am Sign In, Welcome, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks
8:45am - 11:00am Field Trip – (onsite) (two rotating groups)
Birdwatching - Guest Guide: Michael Brothers
Plankton
11:00am - 11:30am Coastal Water Birds and General Birds Presentation
11:30am – 12:00pm Video - Florida's Estuaries
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch: Bring refillable water bottle and bag lunch
12:30pm - 1:00pm Reptiles and Amphibians Presentation
1:00pm - 2:00pm Sea Turtles Presentation – Guest Speaker: Karrie Minch, FWC Turtle Specialist
2:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip – (onsite at MDC) (two rotating groups)
Kayak Eco Tour
Shoreline Restoration Walking Tour – Guest Speaker – Annie Roddenberry


Day 6 Friday, March 15, 2019
9:00am - 9:30am Sign In, Welcome, Coffee / Breakfast Snac
9:30am - 10:30am MDC Volunteer Program Presentation – Guest Speaker: Traci Trusler
10:30am - 12:00pm Final Project Presentations
12:00pm - 1:00pm Pot Luck Lunch
1:00pm - 1:15pm Space Coast Regional Chapter of FMNP – Guest Speaker: Mark Prynoski
1:15pm - 1:30pm Explore Volusia – Guest Speaker:Trey Hannah
1:30pm - 3:00pm Final Project Presentations
3:00pm - 4:00pm Post-test, Evaluations and Graduation


COURSE GUIDELINES

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 is suggested and is up to students to arrange.

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.
  • 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.

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. 

Field Trips:

  • Bring: reusable water bottle, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, closed toe water shoes, towels and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
  • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates.
  • Many of our field trips include walking on uneven surfaces (like soft sand), stepping on and off boats and getting into kayaks.  Please let us know of any limitations you may have before the class starts so that we can explore alternatives.

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