Broward County

January 11 - February 8, 2022
Registration closes at 10:00am on January 6, 2022
(Course Code: cs22-01)

Class Facility Information

Treetops Park: Oakridge Hall
3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie FL 33328


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kristen Hoss, Executive Director
Organization: Youth Environmental Alliance
Phone: 248-933-1069
Email: kristen@yeafrog.org
Website: www.yeafrog.org

Lead: John Pipoly, Program Coordinator: STEAM/Environmental Ed, Volunteers, Grants
Liaison, Parks Foundation of Broward County, Broward County Parks and Recreation


The course format is Hybrid - Concurrent: in-person and live online.

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - Class Online

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, roll call, Icebreaker (30 min)
  • Coastal Ecology (60 min)
  • Marine and Estuarine (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
20 minutes Course Pre-test (20 min; complete online within 3 days)
40 minutes - Watch Coastal Upland Video - Beach and Dune Ecosystems (30 min)
- Answer Discussion Questions for Coastal Upland Video (10 min)


Day 2 Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Class in-person at Treetops Park
6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • General Bird lecture and Exercise (60 min)
  • Adaptations exercise (30 min)
  • Class Projects: Rules, Types, View  samples of class projects done in past; start to form project teams; rules for project submission (30 min)
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
45 minutes - Watch Estuaries Video (30 min)
- Answer Discussion Questions for Estuaries Video (10 min)


Day 3 Sunday, January 16, 2022 - Field Trip in-person
  Meet at Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Park: Park in the back
3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Water Birds lecture (60 min)
  • Coastal Birds in Aviary (60 min)
  • Coastal Birds Interpretive Activity (60 min)
  • Raptors Ethology Activity (60 min)
  • Tour of Gardens (45 min)
  • Lunch on your own (not counted in time)
  • Mammals Tour (60 min)
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom


Day 4 Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Class at Treetops Park
6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Interpretation (60 min)
  • “Invertebrates” I lecture (60 min)
  • Discussion of Protostomes (Arthropods vs. Molluscs + Worms) vs. Deuterostomes (Chordates et al.) (15 min)
  • Demos, lectures, hands-on specimens (45 min)
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
45 minutes

- Submit homework to appropriate folder on Google Drive
- On-your-own-watch the Nearshore Environment Video (30 min)
- On-your-own – Answer Discussion Questions (15 min)



Day 5 Thursday, January 20, 2022 - Class Online

6:30pm - 9:00pm

Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Coastal Uplands (60 min)
  • Mammals lecture (60 min)
  • Mammals exercise (observe bones and tracks) follow handouts (30 min)


Day 6 Saturday, January 22, 2022 - Field Trip in-person
  Project ROC : Location TBD
8:00am – 2:30pm
  • Meet at Project Location restoration of primary dunes ( 3 hrs)
  • Break up in groups and move to assignment at secondary dune (1 hr)
  • Working Lunch (30 min)
  • Explore restoration, learn techniques, observe and/or if favorable conditions snorkel lessons and snorkeling on coral reef (2 hours)
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom


Day 7 Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - Class Online
6:30pm - 9:00pm Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Saltwater Fish (60 min)
  • “Herptiles” not a group; Amphibians and relattives vs. Amniotes (3 layered egg) including Reptiles and Mammals (60 min)
  • Demo and hands-on activity (30 min)


Day 8 Thursday, January 27, 2022 - Class Online

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Live online via Zoom - link provided by instructor via email
  • Invertebrates II (60 min)
  • CO2 Calamity Hands-on Exercise and discussion (60 min)
  • Ethics (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
45 minutes - Watch Coastal Systems and Society Video (30 min)
- Answer Study Questions (15 min)


Day 9 Sunday, January 30, 2022 - Field Trip in-person
 

Field Trip Locations:

1. Anne Kolb Nature Center
3751 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33019

2. Carpenter House - NSU Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) 4414 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Park in guest lot off Greene Street just west of Surf Road. Walk to Hollywood North Beach Park (3601 N Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019);

3. West Lake Park (1200 Sheridan Street, Hollywood, FL 33019).

 

Meet at Anne Kolb Nature Center
3751 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33019

8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Visit Observation Tower, 2 different elevated walkways to observe mangroves, dunes, strand, maritime hammock, seagrass beds along E side of A1A, Turtle Rehab/rescue at MEEC. (3.5 hrs)
  • Working Lunch (30 min)
  • Possible seining, ID of drift items in Sargassum, seeds, algae, sea grasses, sponges and other cnidarians. (2 hrs)
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom


Day 10 Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - Class at Treetops Park
6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Potluck
  • Project Presentations
  • Course Post-test and Evaluation
  • Graduation
Concurrent: in-person and live online via Zoom


The course format is Hybrid - Concurrent: in-person and live online.

Course Guidelines

Covid-19 safety precautions

To protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus, we expect all persons participating at in-person FMNP events to wear masks at events conducted in UF-owned facilities and any facility where the host’s policy is to wear masks indoors, even if you are vaccinated. Outdoor venues pose reduced risks but we encourage mask wearing and social distancing as personal choices.


Live Online Meeting

Indicates when you are required to be online (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 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
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.

In-Person Field Trip

Locations and times subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 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.


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.

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. Violators will have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Field Trips:
Water is Required to be Carried with you – no exceptions.
• Bring water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels, and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt)
• Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body locations before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midge (no see ‘ems) and flies).
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
Required Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there my 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: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate footwear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be hot on our field trips---please, dress accordingly.


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