Wakulla County

March 13 - June 5, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 10, 2020
(Course Code: cs20-08)

Classroom Facilities Information

Wakulla Environmental Institute: Classroom
170 Preservation Way, Crawfordville, FL 32327

FSU Coastal and Marine Lab
3618 US-98, St. Teresa, FL 32358

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Rosalyn Kilcollins, Consultant
Organization: Rosalyn F. Kilcollins Consulting
Phone: 850-570-8889
Email: Roztally@embarqmail.com

Lead: Kim Munshower, Wakulla Environmental Institute
Associates: Victor Blanco, Sea Grant Marine Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Taylor County
Mark Tancig, Horticulture Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Leon County
Karen Rose, Master Gardener
Assistants: Peter Kleinhenz, Aucilla River Watershed Coordinator, Tall Timbers Research Station
Barb Shoplock, FSU Biology, Office of Science Teaching

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, March 13, 2020 (Wakulla Environmental Institute)
8:45am - 12:15pm Sign In, Course Overview, Introductions, Pre-test.
Presentations: Ecology (Rosalyn Kilcollins) and
Interpretation (Guest Speaker: Kim Munshower)
12:15pm - 12:50pm Working Lunch
Video: Beach and Dune Systems
12:50pm – 2:00pm Presentation: Herptiles - Reptiles & Amphibians (Peter Kleinhenz),
Group Project Planning

Day 2 Friday, March 27, 2020 (Wakulla Environmental Institute)
8:45am - 12:45pm Presentations: Mammals (Guest Speaker: Kim Munshower), Coastal Uplands (Mark Tancig), and Marine & Estuarine Environments (Rosalyn Kilcollins)
Lunch on your own
12:45pm - 2:00pm Prepare for field trip, drive to site and unload boats
2:00pm - 4:30pm Field Trip to Dickerson Bay:
Paddle explore and/or Bottoms Road for coastal birds and habitats.
Student Interpretive Talks

Day 3 Friday, April 10, 2020 (FSU Coastal and Marine Lab)
8:45am - 4:30pm Presentations:  Invertebrates I and II (Barb Shoplock)
Video: Nearshore Environments
Plankton lab & fish adaptations lab
Working Lunch
Student Interpretive Talks
Field Trip: boat trip with bottom and water sampling, trawl net
(Marsh and sand flats walk if time)

Day 4 Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00am - 2:15pm Field Trip to Bald Point State Park: coastal scrub, maritime forest, saltmarsh,
low tide exploration of beach and mud & sand flats 
Student Interpretive Talks
Lunch on your own
2:15pm - 3:00pm Drive to Gulf Specimen Lab
3:00pm - 4:30pm Gulf Specimen Marine Lab: Aquarium tour

Day 5 Friday, May 8, 2020 (Wakulla Environmental Institute)
8:45am - 12:30pm Presentations: Fish (Victor Blanco), and
General Birds and Water Birds (Karen Rose)
12:30pm - 1:10pm Working Lunch
Video: Estuaries
1:10pm - 2:00pm Sand Collection, Review & Student Interpretive Talks

Day 6 Friday, May 22, 2020 (Wakulla Environmental Institute)
8:45am - 11:15am Make Up and Review - Student Interpretive Talks,
Shoreline Discussion, Presentation: Ethics & Activity (Karen Rose)
11:15am - 12:15pm Group Project Presentations
12:15pm - 12:55pm Working Lunch
Video: Society and Coasts
12:55pm - 2:55pm Group Project Presentations
2:55pm – 3:30pm Review, Details for next class/field trip

Day 7 Friday, June 5, 2020
10:00am - 3:00pm Field Trip to St. Joe Bay and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park:   
snorkeling and seining in seagrass; tidal creek and salt marsh walk with bottom sampling and seining; beach face and dunes, nearshore waters

Optional overnight at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve dorms on Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th $15/person/night
3:00pm - 3:30pm Drive to Buffer Preserve
3:30pm - 4:30pm St. Joe Bay State Buffer Preserve
Evaluations, Post-Test, Graduation
4:30pm - 5:30pm Optional: Class Dinner Class Dinner (Tentative)


Make up/weather dates for classes and field trips, if needed: Fridays, April 17 & June 12; Saturdays, May 9 & 23

Student carpooling suggested

Must bring lunch and water bottle for each class: No time or location to buy food.

Approximate times and class topics order may change

Field Trip Locations & Times may change: Transportation and lunches are not included (except possibly van for paddling trip as announced in schedule or class). Field locations and approximate times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information prior to start times.

Course time schedule does not include your travel time before or after class to and from class and field trip meeting locations except between AM & PM sites.

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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