Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties

May 21 - June 25, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: cs19-09)

Classroom Facilities Information

Santa Rosa County Extension Office
6263 Dogwood Dr,, Milton, FL 32570

Florida Public Archeology Network
207 E Main St, Pensacola, FL 32502

Big Lagoon State Park
12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32507

Escambia Rosa County Extension Office
3740 Stefani Rd., Cantonment, FL 32522

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact:Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 850-777-7884

Leads: Carrie Stevenson, UF/IFAS Coastal Sustainabilty Agent
Rick O'Connor, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension
Assistants: Dave Barker and Barry Bitters

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (SR Extension Office)
9:00am - 10:00am Introductions, Paperwork
Student Handbook / Introduction of Final Projects
10:00am - 10:45am Florida’s Beach and Dune System video
10:45am - 11:00am Break
11:00am - 12:00pm Coastal Systems Ecology PPT - Carrie
12:00pm – 1:00pm Working Lunch
Interpretation - Chris
1:00pm – 1:45pm Nearshore Marine Environment video
1:45pm – 2:45pm General Birds

Day 2 Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
To tour Weeks Bay NEER, Estuaries, marsh and carnivorous vegetation/functions, herps, birds, cultural and historic aspects of the reserve

8:15am Meet at Greer’s CashSaver Grocery Store Parking Lot
12255 Lillian Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32506 
8:30am - 9:30am Travel to Weeks Bay NERR
10:00am - 11:30am Weeks Bay Boat Tour
11:30am - 12:00pm Lunch: bring your own
12:00pm – 1:30pm Tour the NERR headquarters building and boardwalk hike
1:30pm – 3:00pm Tour the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog
3:00pm – 4:00pm Depart Weeks Bay and return to Greer’s

Day 3 Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (FL Public Archeology Network)
9:00am - 9:45am Shipwrecks of Emmanuel Point,
Guest Speaker: Nicole Grinnan, M.A., RPA  Public Archeologist
9:45am - 10:45am Marine & Estuarine Habitats PPT - Rick
10:45am – 11:45am Coastal Upland Habitats PPT– Carrie
11:45am – 12:45pm Working Lunch
Mammals PPT- Rick  
12:45pm Leave for EPA Gulf Coastal Ecology Lab
(EPA requires those visiting the lab to wear close-toed shoes!)
1:15pm – 3:00pm EPA Lab Tour
3:20pm – 5:00pm

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ft. Pickens Discovery Center
Coastal habitats, wildlife, cultural history
Nature Trail, beaches, uplands, vegetation, ecology

*includes student interpretative practice

Day 4 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (Big Lagoon State Park)
9:00am - 10:00am Invertebrates I PPT- Carrie
10:00am - 11:00am Invertebrates II PPT- Barry
11:00am – 12:45pm Field Work: mangroves, estuarine systems, fish, invertebrates, mammals, herps
12:45pm – 1:15pm Lunch: bring your own
1:15pm – 3:45pm Field work, coastal upland habitats, nearshore habitats, fish, invertebrates, mammals, herps, birds​

Day 5 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Escambia Co. Extension Office)
9:00am - 10:00am Herptiles PPT- Rick
10:00am - 10:45am Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society Video
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Coastal Birds PPT– Chris
12:00pm – 12:45pm Working Lunch
Florida’s Estuarine Systems   
12:45pm – 1:45pm Fish PPT - Chris
1:45pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 3:00pm Ethics PPT- Dave

Day 6 Thursday, June 20, 2019 (Field Trip to Dauphin Island)
8:30am Meet at Cracker Barrel (8050 Lavelle Way, Pensacola, FL 32526)
10:00am - 12:00pm DISL Estuarium Tour, fish, invertebrates, coastal habitats, natural and
man-made events
  Working Lunch
Boardwalk hike
12:00pm – 1:15pm Post test, wrap-up, evaluations, Graduation
1:15pm – 1:15pm West End of Dauphin Island, coastal processes and habitats
4:00pm Return to Cracker Barrel

Day 7 Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (Location TBA)
9:00am - 12:15pm Student Project Presentations
12:15pm – 1:15pm Pot Luck Lunch  *** Bring a dish to share
Wrap up and Graduation


Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Lunches are not included. Lunches are not included. We will have vans for most of the field work, carpooling to meeting locations is encouraged.

Course Time Schedule does include travel time.

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.

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.

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 and vans.

Cell Phones: Please make sure they are turned to silent during presentations and at field sites.

Field Trips:

  • Water is required to be carried with you – no exceptions.
  • Bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, field equipment such as camera, binoculars, insect repellent, field ID books, notepad and pen, etc.
  • The weather is unpredictable on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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