Collier County

June 11-25, 2019
Full. Contact for wait list
(Course Code: cs19-07)

Classroom Facility Information

Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve: Locations listed below
Environmental Learning Center (ELC) 300 Tower Road, Naples, FL, 34113
Field Station 10 Shell Island Road, Naples, FL, 34113

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Sarah Falkowski, Education Coordinator
Associate: Jessica McIntosh, Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Assistant: Renee Wilson, Communications Coordinator
Organization: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Phone: 239-530-5975
Email: Sarah

Guest Speakers: Richard Genevan, Dita O’Boyle, Jeannine Windsor, Adam DiNuovo and Anne Mauro

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Welcome to FMNP Coastal Systems
Interpretation Presentation & Activity (Sarah Falkowski)
ELC Tour (Renee Wilson)
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
12:30pm – 4:30pm Coastal Systems Ecology Presentation (Jessica McIntosh)
Introduce Group Interpretative Projects
Mammals in Coastal Marine Areas Presentation (Guest: Richard Genevan)
Introduce Student Interpretative Presentations
Discuss Field Trip Logistics

Day 2 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (Field Station & ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Marine & Estuarine Habitats Presentation (Jessica McIntosh)

Field Trip 1 – Trawling (Sarah, Jessica, and Guests: Dita, Jeannine)
Boat tour, pull trawl net, collect plankton
Bring plenty of water, closed toed shoes that can get wet, and sunscreen.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch & travel to ELC
1:00pm – 4:30pm Coastal Waterbirds Presentation (Guest: Adam DiNuovo)
Fish Presentation (Guest: Jeannine Windsor)
Plankton Lab (Guest: Jeannine Windsor)
Video: Estuarine Systems with Discussion

Day 3 Thursday, June 13, 2019 (Field Station & ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip 2 – Boat tour to Keewaydin Island
(Sarah, Jessica, and Guests: Dita, Jeannine)
Boat ride to Keewaydin Island, water quality demonstration, lunch on the beach
Bring your lunch, plenty of water, shoes that can get wet, and sunscreen.
12:00pm - 12:30pm Travel to ELC
12:30pm – 4:30pm Coastal Upland Habitats Presentation (Sarah Falkowski)
Video: Beach & Dune Systems with Discussion
Invertebrates I Presentation (Guest: Dita O’Boyle)
General Birds in Coastal Ecosystems Presentation (Guest: Anne Mauro)

Day 4 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Meet at Tigertail Beach County Park @ 430 Hernando Drive, Marco Island
Field Trip 3 –  Tigertail Beach (Sarah, Jessica, and Guest: Dita)
Pull seine, explore inverts in mud flats, view wading birds, possible crossing to beach side.
Bring your lunch, plenty of water, clothing and shoes that can get wet, a change of clothes and sunscreen.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch & travel to ELC
1:00pm – 4:30pm Video: Nearshore Environment with Discussion
Invertebrates II Presentation (Guest: Dita O’Boyle)
Group project work time

No class Wednesday, June 19

Day 5 Thursday, June 20, 2019 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:30pm Reptiles & Amphibians Presentation (Renee Wilson)
Field Trip 4 –  Estuary Encounter (Guest: Dita O’Boyle)
Ethics Presentation (Sarah Falkowski)
Video: Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society and Discussion
12:30pm - 1:30pm Pot Luck Lunch- bring a dish to share
1:30pm – 4:30pm Group project work time, including any make up presentations

Day 6 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Group Project Presentations
Post-Test & Evaluation
Graduation & Awards


Classroom Presentations: The classroom sessions will be Rookery Bay NERR. Locations are llisted in the agenda. Please pay attention to emails from the instructors with further instructions. Depending on 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

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 classrooms.

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.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours) This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
  • To receive certification, the 8 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 8 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.

Make-up time frame: If you miss more than 8 hours, you must make-up the same material. The make up 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.

Field Notes:

  • 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. Even for the boat and mudflat field trip, you must wear close-toed shoes. We recommend either old tennis shoes, comfortable water shoes, or a sandal with a covered toe.
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
  • Wear: Comfortable outdoor clothing (i.e. layered clothes, long sleeves and pants), 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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