Hernando County

May 18 - June 1, 2020 (online classes)
July - August TBD (in-person)
Course is FULL. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: cs20-10)


Instructor 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 18, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 11:00am Live online via Zoom
- Getting comfortable with Zoom
- Testing equipment
- Course expectations and format Q&A
4:00pm – 5:00pm Live Webinar
Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Mangrove Ecology. To register, go to: https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AZ3vXy1NQueuoVb1jKvYkQ
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2.5 hours
  1. Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Final project planning (15 min)
  3. Watch Beach and dune video (60 min)
  4. Explore living shorelines website (15 min)
  5. Reflection activity (30 min)



Day 2 Wednesday, May 20, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review and discussion: video and activity (30 min)
  • Ecology PPT presentation: Brittany Scharf (60 min, w/break)
  • Group work for final project (30 min)
4:00pm - 5:00pm LIVE WEBINAR
Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Oil Spills. To register, go to:
https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_46vNDtQdTfONw1-KgYjNvw
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
20 minutes
  1. Read oil spill science handout (15 min)
  2. Watch fish and oil spill video (5 min)


Day 3 Thursday, May 21, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
Invertebrates PPT presentations: Eric Hannel (120 min, w/breaks)
4:00pm - 5:00pm LIVE WEBINAR
Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Bay Scallops and Restoration. To register, go to:
https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7aUZbvidTu-8Cv3W21ep4g
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes
  1. Read sponge handout (15 min)
  2. Reflection and interpretation: backyard journal (15 min)


Day 4 Friday, May 22, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm

 

Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection activity: review and discussion (30 min)
  • Marine and estuarine habitats PPT presentation: Brittany Scharf (60 min, w/break)
  • Barotrauma video series and discussion (30 min)
  Lunch Break (60 min)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Live online via Zoom
Fish PPT presentation: Brittany Scharf (60 min, w/break)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
­Please complete before next live Zoom session
2.5 hours
  • Watch estuarine video (60 minutes)
  • Fish activity (60 minutes)
  • Course project work (30 minutes)



Day 5 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (Online)
10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reptiles and amphibians: Jim Davis (60 min, w/break)
  • Review and discussion: estuarine video and fish activity (60 min)
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm LIVE WEBINAR
    Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Diamondback Terrapins. To register, go to:
    https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sIm0-3paQ2ufziON2sIKSA
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before live Zoom session on May 29, 2020
    30 minutes
    1. Read sea turtle handout (15 min)
    2. Explore gopher tortoise website (15 min)


    Day 6 Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am - 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
    • Marine Mammals PPT Presentation: Kalan Taylor and Brittany Scharf ( 60 min, w/break)
    • Ethics PPT Presentation: Kalan Taylor (60 min, w/break)
    4:00pm - 5:00pm LIVE WEBINAR
    Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Bioplastics. To register, go to:
    https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qqaU8yWbSUCe8snl09rUyw
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    30 minutes
    1. Explore seagrass website (15 min)
    2. Reflection and interpretation: backyard journal (15 min)



    Day 7 Friday, May 29, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
    • Reflection activity: review and discuss (30 min)
    • Interpretation PPT presentation: Eric Hannel (60 min, w/break)
    • Interpretation activity (30 min)
    4:00pm - 5:00pm LIVE WEBINAR
    Florida Sea Grant’s Bite-Sized Science Webinar on Offshore Aquaculture. To register, go to:
    https://ufl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_anjFDAhlRmGBTtIf4V20lg
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before next live Zoom session
    2.5 hours
    1. Watch coastal systems video (60 min)
    2. Watch nearshore video (60 min)
    3. Course project work (30 min)



    Day 8 Monday, June 1, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am - 12:00pm Bird PPT presentations: Bev Hanson (120 min, w/breaks)

     

    Lunch Break (60 min)
    1:00pm – 2:00pm Uplands PPT presentation: Jim Davis (60 min, w/breaks)
    ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­Please complete before posted deadlines
    15 minutes Post-test (complete within 3 days; submit online)



    Day 9 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 1 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling
    9:30am – 3:00pm Location: FWC Youth Conservation Center, Apollo Beach, FL
    Activity: fish dissections, kayaking, and interpretive practice



    Day 10 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 2 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling
    7:30am – 10:30am Location: Alfred McKethan Park
    Activity: Bird watching and monitoring


    Day 11 July/August  Dates TBD (In-person)
    Field Trip 3 *
    tentative; subject to rescheduling
    9:30am – 3:00pm

    Location: Jenkins Creek and Linda Pedersen Park
    Activity: dip netting, and exploration (3 hours)
    Final Group Projects (120 min)
    FMNP Course Evaluation (15 min)


    Course Guidelines

    Live Online Meeting or Webinar indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom or the provided webinar link) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

    To participate, you must have:
    • Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
    • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
    • Speakers and a microphone
    • Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

    On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.


    *In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.  Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

    • 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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