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September 13- October 25, 2021
(In Person)
Course FULL. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs21-11)

Classroom Facility Information

Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine Science Center
718 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931


Instructors Information

Lead Instructor Point of Contact: Joanne Semmer, President
Organization: Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc.
Phone: 239-470-4993 cell and 239-765-8101 office
Email: info@ostegobay.org

Associate Instructor: Daniel Eaton


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, September 13, 2021 (Classroom)
9:00am – 9:30am Welcome to the FMNP course, introductions, icebreaker
9:30am – 10:30am Course Pre-Test
10:30am– 11:30am Introduce group projects and interpretation assignments
11:30 am – 12:30pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
12:30pm – 1:15pm VIDEO – Beach and Dune Systems
1:15pm – 2:30pm Coastal Systems Ecology presentation
2:30pm – 3:45pm Marine and Estuarian Habitats presentation
3:45pm – 4:30pm Coastal Upland Habitats presentation
4:30pm – 5:30pm Guest Speaker TBD
Day 2 Monday, September 20, 2021 (Field Trip & Classroom)
8:00am – 11:30am FIELD TRIP: Lovers Key State Park
Interpretative practice incorporated.
11:30am – 12:00pm On site interpretive discussion
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN and Travel to Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
1:00pm – 1:45pm VIDEO – Near Shore Environments
1:45pm – 2:45pm Invertebrates I presentation
2:45pm – 3:45pm Invertebrates II presentation
3:45pm – 5:00pm Reptiles and Amphibians (Herptiles) presentation
Day 3 Monday, September 27, 2021 (Field Trip & Classroom)
8:00am – 11:30am FIELD TRIP:  Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
Interpretative practice incorporated.
11:30am – 12:00pm On site interpretive discussion
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN and Travel to Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
1:00pm – 1:45pm VIDEO – Estuarine Systems
1:45pm – 2:45pm Fish presentation
2:45pm – 3:45pm Coastal Waterbirds presentation
3:45pm – 5:00pm General Birds in Coastal Systems presentation
Day 4 Monday, October 4, 2021 (Field Trip & Classroom)
8:00am – 11:30am FIELD TRIP: Bowditch Park
Interpretative practice incorporated.
11:30am – 12:00pm On site interpretive discussion
12:00pm –12:45pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN and Travel to Ostego Bay Marine Science Center
12:45pm –1:30pm VIDEO Coastal Systems & Modern Human Society
1:30pm–2:45pm Mammals in Coastal and Marine Areas
2:45pm – 4:00pm Interpretation of Coastal Systems
4:00pm – 5:15pm Ethics in Environmental Education and Eco-Heritage Tourism
Day 5 Monday, October 25, 2021 (Classroom)
9:00am – 9:45am Review & Post Test
9:45am– 12:00pm Student Final Project Presentations
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:00pm – 4:00pm Student Final Project Presentations
4:00pm– 5:00pm Graduation and Certificate Presentation

Course Guidelines

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.

The State and University of Florida have rescinded requirements for vaccinated individuals to wear masks to reduce risks of contracting the COVID-19 virus. These policies pertain to most properties but privately operated businesses may still require masks and FMNP participants are expected to comply with mask requests as needed. For the safety of all, we request FMNP participants be fully vaccinated prior to attending in-person FMNP classes and field trips and that persons either at risk or concerned about contracting COVID-19 attend 100% online courses.

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 hours 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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Donate to the FMNP Endowment Fund during 2021 and receive a free, commemorative 20-year anniversary pin.



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