Brevard County

January 4 - February 9, 2019
Full. Contact instructors for wait list
(Course Code: fs19-02)

Class Facilities Information

Turkey Creek Sanctuary (TCS): Margaret Hames Nature Center
1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

Erna Nixon Park (ENP) & Nature Center
1200 Evans Rd, West Melbourne, FL 32904

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (SSRPSP)
1000 Buffer Preserve Dr., Fellsmere, FL 32948

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Tracey Wright, Park Ranger/Naturalist, City of Palm Bay
Lead:Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor, Brevard County Parks & Recreation Dept.
Organizations: City of Palm Bay, Brevard County Parks and Brevard County Parks & Recreation/South Area.
Phone: 321-676-6690
Email: or

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, January 4, 2019 (TCS)
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome & Introduction, Course Overview, Pre-test, and Project Requirements
  Presentation: Ecology
  Video: Florida’s Lakes, Rivers & Springs video

Day 2 Saturday, January 5, 2019 (TCS)
8:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip with Speaker- Turkey Creek Sanctuary (Freshwater Rivers, Springs)
  Presentations:  Herbaceous Wetlands & Invertebrates
  Group Project Work time

Day 3 Saturday, January 12, 2019 (ENP)
8:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip- Erna Nixon Park (Marshes)
  Presentations: Forested Wetlands & Reptiles
  Video: Florida’s Marshes

Day 4 Saturday, January 19, 2019 (TCS - PM only)
8:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip- Viera Wetlands - Guest Speaker: Ivan Green
  Presentations: Permanent Wetlands & Birds
  Video: Wetlands and Modern Human Society

Day 5 Saturday, January 26, 2019 (SSRPSP)
8:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip-Cypress Dome (Swamps) Guest Speaker TBA
  Presentations: Fish &  Amphibians
  Video: Florida’s Swamps
  NOTE: Bring your Lunch (no restaurants close by!)

Day 6 Saturday, February 2, 2019 (ENP)
8:00am - 5:00pm Presentations: Mammals, Interpretation & Ethics
  Group Project Work Time

Day 7 Saturday, February 9, 2019 (TCS)
8:00am - 2:00pm Final Project Presentations, Post-test and Graduation

Special Instructions

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. Carpooling suggested.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM classes.

Missing a class or a field trip: You can miss 1 classroom session and 1 field trip session (typically the equivalent of one day) during the course and still become certified.
(If a teacher, check with your school board for their requirements.)

Field 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.

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