Duval County

September 22 - October 27, 2022
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 19, 2022
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs22-11)


Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Elizabeth "Beth" Strawbridge, Volunteer
Organization: North Florida Land Trust
Phone: 904-614-6355
Email: bethweiser@comcast.net

Leads: Carol Wyninger, Volunteer, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
and Christina Nelson, Amelia Naturally
Associates: Larry Figart, Urban Forester, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
and Jon Johnson, Duval/Clay Forester, Florida Forest Service
Assistants: Lauren Watkins,, Social Science Research, Impact by Design
and Allan Hallman, Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife


The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda (revised 6-22-22)

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The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.


Course Guidelines

Covid-19 safety precautions

In light of the latest CDC updates and guidance from UF health experts, we no longer require masks during in-person FMNP activities but welcome masks for those who wish to wear them and voice support for those who do.

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 meeting time or due date.

In-Person Field Trips

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.

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.
• 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.

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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