Hernando County

May 4-8, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on April 30, 2020
(Course Code: cs20-07)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Office
16110 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, FL 34604

FWC Suncoast Youth Conservation Center
6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, FL, 33572

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Brittany Scharf, Marine Agent II
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
Phone: 352-754-4433
Email: bhallscharf@ufl.edu

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, May 4, 2020 (Hernando Co. Extension Office)
8:30am - 10:00am Welcome to FMNP Coastal Systems; Objectives & Overview; Paperwork
10:00am - 12:00pm Ecology and Interpretation Presentations (Brittany)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Working Lunch: Bring Sack Lunch
Group Interpretation Activity Part 1
1:00pm – 2:00pm Marine and Estuarine Habitats Presentation (Brittany
2:00pm – 4:00pm Videos: Estuarine systems and beach systems
4:00pm – 5:00pm Form groups for projects and discuss ideas

Day 2 Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (PM: Hernando Co. Extension Office)
7:30am - 12:30pm

Field Trip: Alfred McKethan Pine Island Beach Park
Bird Watching in beach systems
General Birds in Coastal Systems Presentations
Guest Speaker: Bev Hansen, Hernando Audubon Society

Note: Park entrance passes will be handed out on Day 1 for this field trip. Passes are required for park fee to be waived. Bring water, binoculars (if you have them), sun protection, and change of shoes

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own and travel to Hernando Co. Extension Office
1:30pm – 2:30pm Video: Nearshore environments
2:30pm – 5:00pm Coastal Upland and Herptiles Presentations / Activities
Guest Speaker: Jim Davis, UF/IFAS Multi-County Extension Director

Day 3 Wednesday, May 6, 2020 (Suncoast Youth CC)
9:00am - 9:30am Tampa Bay Watershed
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kathy Guindon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Youth Conservation Center Director
9:30am - 1:00pm Field Trip 1: Kayaking through mangroves and salt tern activity.
(Dr. Kathy Guindon and Brittany Scharf)
Lunch during trip. Bring sack lunch.
Interpretation Activity Part 2

Note: Kayaks and gear will be provided on site; however, you are welcome to use your own gear. Bring sun protection, plenty of water, change of clothes and shoes, and towel
1:00pm - 3:00pm Fish presentation and dissections (Brittany)
3:00pm – 4:00pm Salt Marsh Activity (Dr. Kathy Guindon and Brittany Scharf)

Day 4 Thursday, May 7, 2020 (Hernando Co. Extension Office)
8:00am - 9:00am Video: Coastal systems
9:00am - 10:00am Ethics presentation (Brittany)
10:00am - 11:30am Mammal presentation and activity
Guest Speaker: Savannah Gandee, Clearwater Marine Aquarium Education Coordinator
11:30am - 12:30pm Invertebrate presentations and activity (Brittany)
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own and travel to Field trip location (TBD)
1:30pm - 5:00pm Field Trip Dip netting and field collections in estuarine systems.

Day 5 Friday, May 8, 2020 (PM: Hernando Co. Extension Office)
8:30am - 12:30pm Coastal watershed and springs talks at Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Lunch provided on site.
12:30pm - 1:00pm Travel to Hernando Co. Extension Office
1:00pm - 2:30pm Invert II presentation and activity
2:30pm - 5:30pm Group project presentations and paperwork


Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Office unless otherwise instructed. In 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.

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.

Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change: The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.

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.

Field Trips:
Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books (if you have), notepad and pen, binoculars (if you have), 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.
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.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
• Wear: It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly such as layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent.

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