Palm Beach County

August 10 - September 19, 2020 (100% Online)
Course is FULL. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: cs20-14)


Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Hannah Campbell, Director of Education
Organization: Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Phone: 561-818-0227
Email: Hcampbell@marinelife.org
Website: marinelife.org

Lead: Chris Lockhart, Habitat Specialists, Inc
Associates: Rebecca Doughtery, Palm Beach County
Molly Sims, Mounts Botanical Gardens


TENTATIVE GUEST SPEAKERS FROM: PBC Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Ecological Associates, Inc. (EAI), Audubon Society of the Everglades, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)

Tentative Course Agenda (revised 8/3/20)

*REQUIRED*
Digital Course Check-in

Monday, August 10, 2020 (Online)
Up to 1 hour, as needed
5:30pm – 6:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom / Testing equipment
  • Mandatory for distance-learning course admission
Students are encouraged to practice with their equipment and the Zoom software prior to this required check-in. All student must check-in regardless of prior understanding/experience with distance learning equipment/software



Day 1 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (Online) - INTRO
5:30pm - 6:00pm
OPTIONAL
Live online via Zoom
  • Pre-course “Coffee House” break:
    Extra time to get to know your instructors and classmates
6:00pm – 9:15pm
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Icebreaker & Introductions (30 min)
  • Course Pre-test: submit online (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments & SIPs (15 min)
  • Coastal Systems Ecology PPT (60 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Interpretation of Coastal Systems PPT (60min)
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before next live Zoom session.
1 hour
  • Watch Nearshore Environment (video) & take survey
  • Student Interpretive Practice (SIP) Preparation


Day 2 Thursday, August 20, 2020 (Online) - NEARSHORE
  Live online via Zoom
5:30pm - 9:15pm
  • Review of Nearshore Environment video & survey (10 minutes)
  • Invertebrates I PPT (50 min): Cnidarians, Porifera, Mollusks, Annelida, Urochordata
  • 360* National Marine Sanctuary Tour (15 min)
  • Break/Discussion (15 min)
  • Guest Presenter: Corals of SE Florida (1 hour)
    • Intro to South Florida Reef Tract
    • Artificial Reefs / Coral Restoration
  • Invertebrate II PPT (50 min): Echinoderms & Arthropods
  • Echinoderm encounter & dissection (25 min)
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before next live Zoom session.

(1 hour + Group
Project Time)

  • Chasing Coral Documentary - optional (1 hr 30 min)
  • Watch Estuarine Systems (video) & take survey
  • SIP Preparation
  • Work on Student Group Project


Day 3 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (Online) - ESTUARINE
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Live online via Zoom
  • Review of Estuarine Systems video & survey (10 min)
  • Marine & Estuarine Habitats PPT (60 min)
  • Break & Chasing Coral Documentary Discussion (35 min)
  • Fish PPT w/ Student Interpretive Practice (60 min)
  • Guest Presenter: Sharks of the NW Atlantic (30 min)
  • South Florida Water Management video (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before next live Zoom session.
(1 hour + Group
Project Time)
  • SIP Preparation
  • Watch Beach & Dunes Systems (video) & take survey
  • Work on Student Group Project



Day 4 Saturday, August 29, 2020 (Online) - BEACH & DUNE
8:00am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Sea turtle nest excavation & shoreline hatchling release (75 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Review of Beach & Dunes Systems video & survey (10 min)
  • Reptiles & Amphibians (herptiles) & Virtual Turtle Walk (75 min)
  • Break (5 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Exotic Pets & FWC Amnesty Program (30 min)
  • Mammals in Coastal Marine Areas PPT w/ Student Interpretive Practice
    (60 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Wild Dolphin Project
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before posted deadlines.
(4 hours)
  • Visit a Coastal Nature Center or Natural Area Trail
  • Complete a Reflective Journal on your visit
  • Work on Student Group Project


Day 5 Saturday, September 12, 2020 (Online) - Coastal Birds
8:30am - 1:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • General Birds in Coastal Systems PPT (45 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Audubon Society of the Everglades (45 min)
  • Coastal Waterbirds in Coastal Systems PPT (45 min)
  • Guest Speaker: Busch Wildlife Sanctuary & Special Guest (30 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Coastal Uplands PPT (45 min)
  • Virtual Hammock Hike w/ Hannah & Chris (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before posted deadlines.
4 hours
  • Conduct a Coastal Systems BioBlitz in a coastal upland natural area using iNaturalist, or explore eBird.org
  • Complete a Reflective Journal on your visit (iNaturalist) or Complete a Story Journal (eBird)
  • Watch Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society (video)
  • Finalize Student Group Project



Day 6 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 (Online) - Conservation Panel
5:30pm - 9:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review of Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society video & survey (10 min)
  • Introduction to Climate Change Effects in South Florida
  • Coastal Conservation Panel
  • Guest speakers: Climate change/coastal resilience, water management, invasive species, marine debris (15 min each)
  • Panelist Q&A (30 mins)
  • Ethics in Environmental Education & Eco Heritage Tourism PPT (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before posted deadlines.
1 hour
  • Explore SLR Tool for your area
  • Explore the 4 County Compact



Day 7 Saturday, September 19, 2020 (Online) - Service Project &
Course Evaluation
ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by email.
Please complete before next live Zoom session.
1 hour
  • Document yourself demonstrating an ethical/sustainable action to later share what you did and how it helps reduce your environmental impact in a nearshore marine environment for our final virtual meeting.
  • Research a conservation project or sustainability initiative in your local area. Write a one paragraph summary to share with the group in our final virtual meeting.
1:00pm - 5:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Virtual Student Project presentations & Graduation celebration (3 hours)
  • Evaluation of online course format (complete within 3 days) (20 min)
  • Post-Test (complete within 3 days; submit online) (20 min)
  • FMNP Class Evaluation (complete within 3 days; submit online) (20 min)


Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom) 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 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
• Web camera (most laptops have this included)
• A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

PLEASE NOTE: There is a MANDATORY Digital Course Check-in prior to the beginning of the course on Monday, August 10, 2020. This is to ensure all students have the required equipment/knowledge for distance learning and will be prepared for our first day of the course without missing any required content. We will be taking attendance upon check-in and students are welcome to troubleshoot with the instructors as needed following attendance, up to 1 hour.

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations.

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

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. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
1) outdoors only
2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
4) maintain group size <10 people
5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

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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