Volusia County

October 4 - November 8, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 30, 2019
(Course Code: cs19-17)

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: 386-852-4091
Email: charity@marinediscoverycenter.org
Website: www.marinediscoverycenter.org




Tentative Course Agenda

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Day 1 Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00am - 10:00am Sign In, Welcome to Coastal Systems, Coffee / Breakfast Snacks, Introductions, Pre-test,
*Bring a refillable water bottle and your favorite coffee mug.
10:00am - 11:30am Interpretation of Coastal Systems and Ethics in Environmental Education and
Eco-Heritage Tourism – Charity Jackson
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 Interpretive Presentation on Sharks with Guest Speaker: Eric Sander
2:30pm – 3:30pm Coastal Systems Ecology – Chad Truxall
3:30pm – 4:30pm Student Project Discussion


Day 2 Friday, October 11, 2019
9:00am - 9:15am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
9:15am - 12:00pm Fish Presentation – Chad Truxall
Gyotaku Fish Printing Activity – Guest Speaker: Dr. Ken Nusbaum,
Auburn University Professor Emeritus
12:00pm - 1:00pm Mammals Presentation – Charity Jackson
1:00pm - 1:30pm Working Lunch
Video - Coastal Systems in the Human Landscape
1:30pm - 4:30pm 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
  • 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, October 18, 2019
9:00am - 9:15am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
9:15am - 10:00am Reptiles and Amphibians Presentation – Chad Truxall
10:00am - 11:30am Sea Turtles Presentation – Guest Speaker: Karrie Minch, FWC Turtle Specialist
11:30am - 12:00pm Video - Florida's Beach and Dune Systems
12:00pm - 4:30pm

Field Trip – Canaveral National Seashore

Turtle Mound (two rotating groups)
    1. Turtle Mound Walking Tour – Guest Guide: Ray Jarrett, UCF Botanist
    2. Trash and Treasure in the Wrack Line – Sea Bean Symposium Organizer, Margie Mitchell and colleague Mary Bowman

Parking Lot 1: Wrack Line Walk - Margie Mitchell and Mary Bowman

Instructions:
- 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 at Turtle Mound. It is a short walk from the pavilion. 
- We will be splitting into 2 rotating groups to allow for a better experience. Half the group will rest at the picnic tables and enjoy Margie Mitchell’s presentation while the remaining half takes a short walk up the Turtle Mound boardwalk with Ray Jarrett. 
- From there we will return to our cars and take a short drive to parking lot 1 where we will take a walk on the beach and explore the wrack line with Margie.

  • Canaveral National Seashore is a short drive from MDC – carpooling encouraged
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and a bag lunch to eat on arrival
  • 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, October 25, 2019
9:00am - 9:15am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
9:15am - 10:15am Marine & Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Uplands Habitats Presentation –
Chad Truxall
10:15am - 11:15am Invertebrates I - Charity Jackson
11:15am - 11:45am Exhibit Tour – TBD
11:45am - 12:30pm Invertebrates II - Charity Jackson
12:30pm – 1:30pm Working Lunch
Video - Florida's Nearshore Environment
1:30pm – 4:30pm 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
  • Have 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 5 Friday, November 1, 2019
8:30am - 8:45am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
8:45am - 11:00am Field Trip – (onsite at MDC and two rotating groups)
Birdwatching - Guest Guide: Michael Brothers
Plankton – Charity Jackson
11:00am - 12:00pm Coastal Water Birds and General Birds Presentation – Lisa Mickey
12:00pm - 1:00pm Working Lunch
Video - Florida's Estuaries
1:00pm - 2:00pm Live Animal Presentation – Birds
Guest Speaker: Gina Holt, Wild About Birds Founder
2:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip – (onsite at MDC and two rotating groups)
Kayak Eco Tour – Lisa Mickey
Salt Marsh / Living Shorelines Tour –
Guest Speaker: Annie Roddenberry, FWC Biologist


Day 6 Friday, November 8, 2019
9:00am - 9:30am Sign In / Welcome / Coffee and Snack
9:30am - 10:30am MDC Volunteer Program Presentation – Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator, Traci Trusler
10:30am - 12:00pm Final Project Presentations
12:00pm - 1:00pm Potluck Lunch
1:00pm - 1:15pm Volusia FMNP Friends Group – Laura Stapleton
1:15pm – 2:45pm Final Project Presentations
2:45pm – 3:30pm Explore Volusia – Trey Hannah
3:30pm – 4:30pm 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.

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.

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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