March 28 - May 16, 2023
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: cs23-09)
In-Person Class Facilities
Gulf Breeze Recreation Center
800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL
Perdido Key Community Center
15500 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County: Windstorm Building
3740 Stefani Rd, Cantonment, FL 32533
Santa Rosa Tourist Development Office Building
8543 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL 32566
Lead and Point of Contact: Carrie Stevenson, Coastal Sustainability Agent IV
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County
Associates: Rick O'Connor, Sea Grant Agent IV, UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County
Chris Verlinde, Santa Rosa County
Dave Barker, Navarre Beach Kayaks
Tentative Course Agenda
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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.
Classes will held at various locations, which are listed within the agenda.
Field Trip Locations & Times
May change due to unforeseen circumstances. We will go over any changes to the schedule in class and/or an e-mail will be sent to all students. 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..
- 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.
Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on 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 an optional change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt).
- 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. Also, recommended to not wear in class, as many people are sensitive.
- 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.
- Required: Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there may 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. Freshwater ecosystems are sometimes wet!
- Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
- It might be very hot or cold, or wet on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.
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We are building a legacy of informed citizens to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural ecosystems. To ensure we continue inspiring conservation education and action for decades to come, we need to raise $2 million to establish an endowment for an FMNP Program Leader in perpetuity.
Ripples spread when a single pebble is dropped. Please consider contributing to the FMNP Endowment Fund, or contact Dr. Main at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for a major gift. Thank you for your ongoing actions to help conserve Florida’s environment for future generations to enjoy!