Volusia County

June 12-28, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on June 7, 2019
(Course Code: cs19-08)

Classroom Facilities Information

Daytona Beach Regional Libraray (City Island)
105 E. Magnolia Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Spruce Creek Park
6250 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, FL 32127

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
9505 N Ocean Shore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Dennis Mudge, Extension Director
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County
Phone: 386-822-5778
Email: dmmudge@ufl.edu

Lead: David Griffis, Stetson University Instructor and UF/IFAS Extension Emeitus
Associate: Trey Hannah, Volusia County Environmental Management Education Coordinator

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (Libraray - City Island)
9:00am - 10:00am Introduction, paperwork, pretest
10:00am - 11:00am Guest Speaker Presentation: Joe Nolin, Coastal Activity Manager, Volusia County Artificial Reef Program
11:00am - 11:15am Break
11:15am - 12:15am Interpretation PPT
12:15pm – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm Environmental Ethics PPT
1:45pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 3:00pm Coastal Ecology PPT
3:00pm – 3:45pm Beach and Dune System Video
3:45pm – 4:00pm Go over student lead discussion
4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up and discussion

Day 2 Thursday, June 13, 2019 (Spruce Creek Park)
9:00am - 11:30am Field Trip: Seine netting, estuaries introduction
11:30am - 11:45am Break
11:45am - 12:30pm Invertebrates I PPT
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Coastal Mammals PPT
2:00pm – 4:00pm MDC boat trip: Invertebrates II, Marine Mammals
Guest Speaker: Chad Truxall, MDC Director and FMNP Lead Instructor
4:00pm – 5:00pm Student lead Interpretation

Day 3 Friday, June 14, 2019 (Bottle Island CNS)
9:00am - 11:00am Kayak trip to Bottle Island: Marine and Estuaries :
11:00am - 12:00pm Student lead interpretation
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 3:00pm Coastal Uplants PPT
Guest Speaker: Ray Jarrent, UCF Ecologist, plant biologist
Focus on dune systems and plants. Presentation/hike
3:00pm – 3:45pm Estuaries systems video
3:45pm – 5:00pm Water Quality

Day 4 Thursday, June 20, 2019 (Ponce Inlet)
9:00am - 1:00pm Snorkel Trip: Saltwater Fish
Guest Speaker: Chad Macfie, MSC Director, Sharks
Coastal Birds PPT
Saltwater Fish PPT
1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Nearshore Environments Video
2:30pm – 3:30pm Herptiles Coastal
3:30pm – 4:00pm Recap and upcoming trip discussion

Day 5 Friday, June 21, 2019 (Whitney Lab)
9:00am - 12:00pm Plankton
Living shorelines
Student research
Turtle Rehab
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 2:30pm Guest Speaker: Mia McGuire
Coastal Shoreline
Micro plastics
Sea Beans
Wrack lines

2:30pm – 3:30pm Beach hike: View wracklines, and coastal shoreline
3:30pm – 4:00pm Project discussion

Day 6 Friday, June 28, 2019 (Libraray - City Island)
9:00am - 2:00pm Student Group Project Presentations
2:00pm - 2:45pm Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society Video
2:45pm – 4:00pm Post test, wrap-up, evaluations, Graduation


Classroom Presentations: 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 40 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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