Miami-Dade County

February 25 - April 1, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: cs19-05)

Classroom Facilities Information

Pelican Harbor Marina: Classroom
1275 NE 79th St, Miami, FL 33138

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
6767 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Ana Zangroniz, Florida Sea Extension Agent
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 305-421-4017

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, February 25, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 6:45pm Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
6:45pm - 7:45pm Presentation: Ecology
7:45pm - 8:15pm Video: Florida’s Beach and Dune Systems
8:15pm – 9:00pm Presentation: Interpretation

Day 2 Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Guest presentation: Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Program with Teal Kawana, Biologist and Sea Turtle Permit Holder
7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation: Marine/Estuarine Habitats
8:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation: Coastal Waterbirds

Day 3 Monday, March 4, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Guest presenter: Brian Rapoza, Field Trip Coordinator for Tropical
Audubon Society
7:30pm - 8:30pm Presentation: Upland Habitats
8:30pm - 9:00pm Video: Florida’s nearshore environment

No class Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Day 4 Thursday, March 7, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Presentation: Invertebrates I
7:00pm - 7:45pm Video: Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society
7:45pm - 8:45pm Presentation: Invertebrates II
8:45pm – 9:00pm Student Interpretative Practice Activity

Day 5 Saturday, March 9, 2019 (MSD Biscayne Nature Center)
9:00am - 9:30am Meet at Biscayne Nature Center, complete paperwork
9:30am - 12:00pm Seagrass seining/Student Interpretative Practice
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm Coastal Ecology and Hammock walking tour

Day 6 Monday, March 11, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Guest presenter: Ranger Gary Bremen of Biscayne National Park
7:30pm - 8:30pm Presentation: Fish
8:30pm - 9:00pm Video: Florida’s Estuarine Systems

Day 7 Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Guest presenter: Dr. Rivah Winter, Frost Science Museum
7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation: General Birds
8:00pm - 9:00pm Presentation and group discussion: Ethics

Day 8 Saturday, March 16, 2019 (MSD Biscayne Nature Center)
8:00am - 5:00pm Field trip: Biscayne National Park (Ana & NPS staff), will include student interpretative practice

Day 9 Monday, March 18, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:30pm Resiliency Panel Discussion with Debris Free Oceans, the Herbert Hoover Foundation, Catalyst Miami, City of Miami Beach, and other local government representatives
7:30pm - 8:30pm Presentation: Mammals
8:30pm - 9:00pm Final project ideas due, overview and group discussion

Day 10 Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 7:00pm Guest presenter: Marissa Kelly, Coastal Training Program Specialist, Rookery Bay Research Reserve
7:00pm - 8:00pm Presentation: Reptiles & Amphibians
8:00pm - 9:00pm Post-tests and final project work time

No class the week of March 25-29, 2019: Miami-Dade County Schools Spring Break

Day 11 Monday, April 1, 2019 (Pelican Harbor Marina)
6:00pm - 9:00pm Final project presentations, course evaluations


Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Pelican Harbor Marina, 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 cannot miss more than 20% of the total course hours and still become certified (8 hours).
  • To receive your certificate, 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 20% of the total course hours, 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 is up to students to arrange.

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.
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.>

Field Trips:

  • Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
  • Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, 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 known as mosquitoes, midges (no see ‘ems) and flies.
  • There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body
  • Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs
  • It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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