Leon County

February 22 - May 10, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 19, 2019
(Course Code: fs19-05)

Class Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Leon County (Extension Office)
615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301-7060

Tallahassee Museum: Classroom (T. Museum)
3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: Education Bldg. (Nature's Classroom)
31255 Lighthouse Rd, St. Marks, FL 32355

Instructors Information

Assistant and Point of Contact: Karen Rose
Lead: Rosalyn "Roz" Kilcollins
Associate: Holly Ober, Extension Specialist, Wildlife and Associate Professor, Wildlife Ecology
Assistant:Billy Booth, PhotoNaturalist, Nature in Focus
Guest Speakers:Mark Tancig, Horticulture Extension Agent, Victor Blanco, Marine and Natural Resources Extension Agent and Peter Kleinhenz, Interpretive Writer and Planner with Florida FWCC
Organizations: UF/IFAS Extension Leon County and Rosalyn F. Kilcollins Consulting
Phone: 850-212-3732
Email: yellow.columbine@yahoo.com

Tentative Course Agenda (revised Jan. 2, 2019)

Day 1 Friday, February 22, 2019 ( Extension Office)
9:00am – 10:00am Sign-in, Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, Paperwork
Final Group Project Discussion
Activity: Wetland Metaphors (Roz & Students- Interpretive Practice
10:00am – 11:15am Presentation: Freshwater Ecology (Rosalyn Kilcollins)
11:15am – 12:00pm Video: Freshwater Marshes & discussion
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch (bring own), project planning
12:30pm – 3:00pm Presentations: Amphibians, Reptiles (Guest Speaker: Peter Kleinhenz)
Wrap-up and details for next class

Day 2 Friday, March 1, 2019 ( Extension Office)
9:00am – 9:15am

Review & Overview of day, Project Discussion, Field Trip Details

9:15am – 12:00pm

Herbaceous Wetlands Field Trip – ANF Ephemeral Ponds

12:00pm – 1:00pm Presentation: Herbaceous Wetlands (Guest Speaker: Presentation: Herbaceous Wetlands (Mark Tancig)
1:00pm – 1:45pm Lunch & Video: Florida’s Swamps, Project Planning
1:45pm – 4:00pm Presentations: Forested Wetlands (Karen Rose),
Interpretation (Roz, Karen Rose & select students present assigned slides/topics)

Day 3 Friday, March 15, 2019 ( T. Museum)
9:00am – 10:30am Overview of day, Intro Museum and Staff, Review – Student Interpretive
Practice, Project Discussion
Presentation: Mammals (Holly Ober)
10:30am – 12:00pm Freshwater Swamps Field trip: Blackwater Lakes & cypress swamps walk at Museum wildlife trail and boardwalk; Wetlands characteristics and student interpretive practice
12:00pm – 12:45pm Bathroom Break, Lunch &, Project Discussion
12:45pm – 1:45pm Presentation: Permanent Wetlands (Roz)
1:45pm – 3:00pm Video: Lakes, Rivers and Streams & Discussion,
Project Planning & Project Proposals Due

Day 4 Friday, March 29, 2019 ( Extension Office)
9:00am – 12:00pm Presentations: Ethics (Roz, Karen & Students), Birds (Karen Rose)

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Freshwater Lakes, Rivers, Springs Field trip:
Canoe/kayak the headwaters, river, and springs of Wacissa River

Day 5 Friday, April 5, 2019 ( St. Marks NWR - Ed. Bldg.)
9:00am – 10:45am Review – Student Interpretive Practice, Overview of the day, Project discussion
Presentation: Invertebrates (Billy Boothe)
Intro to Wings Over Florida -Butterflies
10:45am – 12:00pm Freshwater Marsh Field Trip: Visitor Center Pond- SMNWR
Wetland characteristics and student interpretive practice, marsh plants, water sampling, pond life & macro invertebrate activity 
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch at picnic tables
12:30pm – 2:00pm Classroom Presentation: Freshwater Fish and Student Interpretive Practice
2:00pm – 4:30pm Freshwater Marshes (and Swamps) Field Trip: Sawgrass marshes, hydric hardwood and cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater slough

Day 6 Saturday, April 27, 2019 (Field Trips)
9:30am - 4:00pm Freshwater Marshes and Swamps Field Trip:Tate’s Hell State Forest and Apalachicola National Forest
ANF Pitcher Plant Savannas (wet prairie), dwarf cypress swamp, Apalachicola River levee & floodplain

Day 7 Friday, May 10, 2019 ( Extension Office)
9:00am - 12:00pm Prep and load group project presentations and photos
Group project presentations
12:00pm – 12:45pm Luncheon
12:45pm – 3:00pm Video: Wetlands in the Modern Human Landscape, Group presentations,
Post tests, evaluations, Graduation – Presentation of Certificates, Pins & Patches, Plaques


  • Rain Dates if needed:  Fri 3/22, Fri 4/26, Fri 5/17, Sat 5/18
  • A more detailed schedule will be provided to registered students.
  • Course Time Schedule does not include travel time, except between AM & PM locations. End times are for the last location of the day in the field or classroom, not including return driving time.
  • Classroom & Field Trip locations & times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify information by checking email messages up to the day before a class. If you do not get an email before classes and field trip, contact the instructors ASAP.
  • Transportation and lunches are not included. The Extension Van may be available for some field trips as noted on schedule. Carpooling suggested.
  • The field trips will include walking, sometimes in steep terrain (yes, even in Florida!), thick vegetation or water. It may be cold or hot, buggy or not, windy or calm, and possibly raining some of the time, making trails either slippery or mucky. Be prepared to get wet feet and dirty on field trips and to have fun. Always wear/bring clothing that will provide adequate protection from the sun, wind, water, cold and rain. In addition to rain gear, a change of dry clothes and shoes for your ride home is a good idea.
  • Participants will need to bring lunch and water bottle for all classes, unless otherwise announced.
  • 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 as a Freshwater Systems Florida Master Naturalist. Instructors may assign a short make-up assignment. (Teachers should check with their school board for their attendance requirements.)

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