Duval County

April 16 - May 4, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on April 13, 2020
(Course Code: cs20-05)

Class Facility Information

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park: Lee Nature Center
500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Carol Wyninger, Volunteer
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Phone: (904) 220-0232
Email: wyninger@comcast.net
Lead: Christina Nelson, Amelia Naturally
Associates: Elizabeth (Beth) Strawbridge and Emily Dunn, North Florida Land Trust
Carolyn Dehlinger, Adjunct Professor, Jacksonville University
Assistants: Allan Hallman, Biologist, FWC and Lauren Watkins, Impact by Design Director,
Behavior Change Strategies

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, April 16, 2020
8:30am – 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
10:00am – 11:00am Presentation Ecology: Carol
11:00am – 12:00pm Presentation Fish: Beth
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:00pm Presentation Interpretation: Lauren
2:00pm – 3:00pm Video: Estuarine Systems
3:00pm – 4:00pm Form groups for projects and discuss project ideas
4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up, Questions, Intro to Monday Field Trip

Day 2 Monday, April 20, 2020
8:30am – 12:00pm Field Trip: Estuarine Habitats:  Dutton Island and Tidewater Preserves Kayak trip
or Boardwalk/trail walk TBD
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch/ Travel to classroom 
1:00pm – 2:00pm Presentation Invertebrates 1: Beth
2:00pm – 3:30pm Presentation Mammals: Allan
3:30pm – 4:30pm Project work time, Questions, Wrap-up, Intro to Thursday Field trip

Day 3 Thursday, April 23, 2020
8:30am – 12:00pm Field Trip: Coastal Uplands: Hanna Park, Stephen Klem, Hanna Park Naturalist
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:00pm Presentation Coastal Uplands: Carolyn
2:00pm – 3:30pm Presentation General Birds:  Carol
3:30pm – 4:30pm Project work time, Questions, Wrap-up

Day 4 Monday, April 27, 2020
8:30am – 10:00am Presentation Invertebrates 2: Beth
10:00am – 11:00am Video: Beach and Dune Systems
11:00am – 12:00pm Presentation Marine and Estuarine Systems: Carolyn
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:00pm Presentation Waterbirds: Carol
2:00pm – 3:00pm Video: Nearshore Environment
3:00pm – 4:00pm Project time/ activity
4:00pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up, Questions, Intro to Friday Field trip

Day 5 Thursday, April 30, 2020
8:30am – 12:00pm Field trip: Beach and Marine: Huguenot Park:
Carol, Beth; Christina and Jolie Schlieper, Huguenot Park Naturalist
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch/ Travel to classroom
1:00pm – 2:30pm Presentation Herptiles: Emily
2:30pm – 4:30pm Interpretive Speaking

Day 6 Monday, May 4, 2020
8:30am – 9:30am

Presentation Ethics: Emily

9:30am – 10:30am Video: Coastal Systems and Modern Human Society
10:30am – 12:00pm Guest Speaker: TBD
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch: Potluck?
1:00pm – 3:30pm Final Project presentations
3:30pm – 4:30pm Posttest, evaluations, graduation, module wrap-up


All presentations will be given by a certified FMNP instructor and a certified FMNP instructor will be present on all field trips.

You will receive a final course schedule and course materials (book or flash drive) on the first day of class.

The interpretive speaking is an individual student activity. Students will select a topic or engage in an experiential activity which will be the basis for a brief (5minute) talk focusing on interpretive techniques.

Group projects focus on an educational deliverable, synthesizing the module content, to present to the class.

Bring your lunch in a cooler to each class. There may be limited restaurants nearby and limited time for lunch.

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.

Field Trip Recommendations: Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed body soaps or lotions before going into the field. Also, be aware that your feet will get wet on most of the field trips so bring a towel and a change of shoes for all field trips. The weather can be unpredictable as well so be prepared for being both hot and cold every day.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

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.

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