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
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.
Email: Tracey.Wright@palmbayflorida.org or Cheryl.Caldwell@brevardfl.gov
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Friday, January 4, 2019 (TCS)
|6:00pm - 9:00pm||Welcome & Introduction, Course Overview, Pre-test, and Project Requirements|
|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|
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.