Indian River County

September 17 - November 19, 2022
Registration closes at Noon on September 13, 2022
(Course Code: cs22-17)


In-Person Class Facility

Environmental Learning Center
255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Sara Piotter, Senior Environmental Educator
Organization: Environmental Learning Center
Phone: 772-589-5050 x111
Email: sarap@discoverelc.org
Website: discoverelc.org/

Associate: Jennifer Satterly, Environmental Educator


The course format is in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda

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The course format is in-person.


Course Guidelines

Covid-19 Safety Precautions

TIn 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.

Classroom Presentations

“Classroom” means we are at are at the Environmental Learning Center unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly. Layers are a good idea!

Field Trip Locations & Times

May change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included.

Course Time Schedule

Does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations, except between AM & PM classes..

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.

Student Carpooling is suggested and is up to students to arrange.
Flexible Schedule
  • The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
  • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers or single-use plastics—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom and you’re welcome to snack as long as it’s not disruptive to the experience. Please know you are expected to clean up after yourself.


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

Field Trip Recommendations:
  • Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (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.
Field Clothes & Footwear:
  • It might be very warm or very cool on our field trips—please, dress accordingly .
  • Be aware that typically you will be experiencing wet and muddy environments. Avoid see-through fabrics when wet. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
  • Required – Wear closed-toe shoes at all times in the field. No exceptions.
  • Wear: Layered clothes, maybe long sleeves and pants for sun protection, closed-toe shoes (wet shoes or other appropriate footwear), sunglasses, sunscreen.
Field Items to Bring:
  • Drinking water is required in the field. No exceptions. Bring it in a reusable, non-single-use container and bring water to refill it too.
  • Suggestions: Snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and a complete change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt)

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