Collier County

February 12-28, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: cs20-03)

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
Organization: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Phone: 239-530-5975

Associate: Jessica McIntosh, Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Guest Speakers: Marissa Figueroa, Savannah Lawson, Richard Genevan, Dita O’Boyle,
Jeannine Windsor, Adam DiNuovo, Anne Mauro and Renee Wilson

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Welcome to FMNP Coastal Systems: Overview; Paperwork; Introductions
Interpretation Presentation & Activity (Sarah Falkowski)
ELC Exhibit Tour (Marissa Figueroa)
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
12:30pm – 4:30pm Coastal Systems Ecology Presentation (Jessica McIntosh)
Individual Interpretative Presentation Activity & Introduce Group
Interpretative Projects
Video: Estuarine Systems and Discussion
Marine & Estuarine Habitats Presentation (Jeannine Windsor)

Day 2 Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Field Station)
8:30am - 12:30pm Field Trip 1 – Rookery Bay (Savannah, Sarah, Jessica + 2 volunteer captains)
Take a boat tour of the Rookery Bay estuary including a fish trawl, water quality and plankton sampling, and lunch at Keewaydin Island on the beach.
Bring your lunch, clothing and shoes that can get wet, and a change of clothes
12:30pm - 1:00pm Travel to the ELC
1:00pm – 4:30pm Fish Presentation (Jeannine Windsor)
Video: Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society and Discussion
Plankton Lab (Savannah Lawson) and Estuary Encounter (Dita O’Boyle) rotation
Group project time

Day 3 Friday, February 14, 2020 (ELC)
8:30am - 9:30am Coastal Upland Habitats Presentation (Jessica McIntosh)
9:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip 2 – Shell Island Road, Naples FL (Marissa, Jessica, Sarah)
Explore coastal uplands habitats at the Brigg’s boardwalk and learn about mangrove research at the Reserve on Cats Claw Trail.
Wear long pants and comfortable walking shoes.  Bring plenty of water and sunscreen
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch & travel to the ELC
1:00pm – 4:30pm Video: Nearshore Environment with Discussion
Survival By Degrees: Florida Birds in a Changing Climate (Renee Wilson)
Invertebrates I Presentation (Dita O’Boyle)  
Group project work time

NO CLASS Monday, February 17

Day 4 Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (ELC)
8:30am - 9:30am Coastal Waterbirds Presentation (Adam DiNuovo)
9:30am - 10:00am Drive to Tigertail Beach County Park @ 430 Hernando Drive, Marco Island
10:00am - 1:00pm Field Trip 3 – Tigertail Beach (Dita, Adam, Jessica, Sarah)
Visit a tidal lagoon to search the mud flats for fish and invertebrates, look for wading and shore birds, cross the lagoon to the beach side, and explore the uplands trail.
Bring your lunch, clothing and shoes that can get wet, and a change of clothes
1:00pm – 4:30pm Travel to the ELC
General Birds in Coastal Ecosystems Presentation (Anne Mauro)
Video: Beach & Dune Systems with Discussion
Invertebrates II Presentation (Jeannine Windsor)

Day 5 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Mammals in Coastal Marine Areas Presentation (Richard Ginevan)
Reptiles & Amphibians Presentation (Savannah Lawson)
Ethics Presentation (Sarah Falkowski)
Post Test
12:00pm - 1:30pm Pot Luck Lunch- bring a dish to share
1:30pm – 4:30pm Review Test
Group project work time

Day 6 Friday, February 28, 2020 (ELC)
8:30am - 12:00pm Group Project Presentations
Graduation & Awards
Evaluation & Farewell


Classroom Presentations: The classroom sessions will be held at various locations. Please refer to the agenda and 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.

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 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 will do our best to end on time, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.

Food & Drinks: Please, plan to bring a lunch to every class. We only schedule 30 minutes for lunch breaks which will not give you enough time to go pick something up for lunch. Lunch breaks are also a good opportunity to meet your class mates and discuss group projects. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phones: Please silence during all classes or on field trips. You are an adult. This class is yours. To make the most of it resist the temptation to check your phone/emails during class. If you must take a call, please step out of the classroom or wait till a break on field trips.

Field Trips:
Water is required to be carried with you.
Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, and towels.
• 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. 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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