Orange County

February 7 - March 13, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs20-01)

Classroom Facility Information

Oakland Nature Preserve
747 Machette Trail, Oakland, FL 34760
(Driving Directions to ONP)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jacqueline Y. Rolly
Organization: Oakland Nature Preserve
Phone: 407-620-6963

Lead: Jennifer Hunt, Managing Director
Associates:Todd Angel and Rachel Cravens

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 7, 2020
8:00am–9:30am Classroom Topics:  Welcome to FMNP Freshwater Wetlands Systems.  Pre-test, Objectives and Overview, Paperwork
9:30am–11:00am Ecology – Todd Angel
11:00am–12:00pm Interpretation – Jennifer Hunt
12:00pm–12:30pm Lunch – Bring sack lunch


1:00pm–2:00pm Walk to Lake Apopka on boardwalk or to Sink Hole
2:00pm–3:00pm Video – Marshes
3:00pm–4:00pm Presentation: Permanent Wetlands

Day 2 Friday, February 14, 2020
8:00am–12:00pm Field Trip – Lake Apopka North Short Wildlife Drive. 
- Meet at Entrance to Wildlife Drive and caravan throughout. 
- Bring binoculars for excellent birding.
- Student interpretation practice will take place during field trip. 
- Field conditions may be wet and cold bring appropriate clothing. 
Field Guide: Mr. Jim Peterson, St. John’s River Water Management District
12:00pm–12:30pm Lunch – Bring sack lunch
12:30pm–2:30pm Guest Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Sulak, USGS Scientist Emeritus, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center – Florida’s Ancient Fishes

2:30pm–3:30pm Presentation: Forested Wetlands
3:30pm–4:30pm Presentation: Fish

Day 3 Friday, February 21, 2020
8:00am–12:00pm Field Trip to Tibet Butler Preserve, Orlando. 
Walk through various wetland systems, conditions may be wet and cold bring appropriate clothing and shoes. Student interpretation practice will take place during field trip.
12:00pm–12:30pm Lunch – Bring sack lunch
12:30pm–1:30pm Presentation: Birds
1:30pm–2:30pm Guest Speaker – Cooperative Invasive Species Management (CISMA) Rep
2:30pm–3:30pm Video: River, Lakes and Springs
3:30pm–4:30pm Presentation: Amphibians

Day 4 Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm Field Trip – Oakland Nature Preserve dock on Lake Apopka.  Take core samples of lake bottom, use dip nets and identify invertebrates.
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch – Bring sack lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm Presentation: Invertebrates
1:30pm – 2:30pm Presentation:  Reptiles – Rachel Cravens
2:30pm – 3:30pm Presentation:  Herbaceous Wetland Plants
3:30pm – 4:30pm Presentation:  Mammals – Rachel Cravens

Day 5 Friday, March 6, 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm Field Trip – Lake Louisa State Park. 
- Meet at Park entrance off SR 27. 
- Will be on a trailer to go around the Park to view various wetland systems.

- Student interpretation practice will take place during field trip. 
- Bring water, appropriate clothing for possibly wet and cold weather.
Field Guide Chris Matson, District III Biologist
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch – Bring sack lunch
12:30pm – 1:30pm Video – Swamp
1:30pm – 2:30pm Presentation:  Ethics
2:30pm – 3:30pm Project:  Soil testing
3:30pm – 4:30pm Video – Wetlands and Modern Human Society

Day 6 Friday, March 13, 2020
8:00am – 12:00pm Presentation of Student final projects
12:00pm – 1:00pm Potluck Lunch
1:00pm – 3:30pm Presentation of Student final projects
3:30pm – 4:30pm Final exam, graduation, paperwork

Class Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, FL., unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly.

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 required to drive to meeting locations.

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.

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