February 4-25, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs20-02)
Classroom Facility Information
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County: Twin Lake Park - Green Buidling
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
Lead and Point of Contact: Katherine Clements, Ecology and Natural Resources Educator
Associate: Abbey Tyrna, Water Resources Agent
Organizations: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Tuesday, February 4, 2020|
|9:00am –10:30am||Introduction to Participants and Course, Course Paperwork, Icebreaker
(Katherine & Abbey)
|10:30am –12:00pm||Presentation: Freshwater Ecosystems Ecology (Katherine)|
|12:00pm–1:00pm||Lunch (bring your own)|
|1:00pm–2:30pm||Presentation: Interpretation of Freshwater Ecosystems (Katherine)|
|2:30pm–3:30pm||Video: Florida’s Lakes, Rivers, Springs|
|3:30pm–4:30pm||Presentation: Permanent Wetlands|
|4:30pm–5:00pm||Discussion of Interpretive Activity homework and Group Project (Katherine)|
|Day 2||Friday, February 7, 2020|
|8:30am–12:00pm||Meet at Myakka River State Park
Field experience Myakka River State Park (bring a change of clothes and footwear)
|12:00pm–1:0pm||Lunch (on your own) and travel to Extension office|
|1:00pm–2:00pm||Presentation: Fish with Armando Ubeda, FMNP Instructor and Sea Grant agent|
|2:00pm–3:00pm||Video: Florida’s marshes|
|3:00pm–4:00pm||Presentation: Herbaceous Wetlands|
|4:00pm–4:30pm||Student work time for Interpretive Activity and Group Project|
|Day 3||Friday, February 14, 2020|
|8:00am–12:00pm||Meet at Celery Fields
Field trip (marshes): Guided Bird walk of Celery Fields and
Student Interpretive Presentations
|12:00pm–1:30pm||Lunch (on your own) and travel to Extension office|
|3:00pm–4:00pm||Group project work time|
|Day 4||Tuesday, February 18, 2020|
|9:00am –10:30am||Presentation: Invertebrates with special guest Mike Barber, PhD|
|10:30am –11:30am||Activity: Lake sampling at Twin Lakes for Invertebrates, Microscope ID|
|11:30am–12:30pm||Lunch (bring your own)|
|2:00pm–3:00pm||Video: Florida’s swamps (Abbey)|
|3:00pm–4:00pm||Presentation: Forested Wetlands (Abbey)|
|4:00pm–5:00pm||Group Project work time|
|Day 5||Friday, February 21, 2020|
|9:00am – 12:30pm||Meet at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club
Field trip (lakes): Managing and Restoration of Wetlands and Stormwater Retention Ponds at Stoneybrook community
|12:30pm – 2:00pm||Lunch (on your own) and travel to Extension office|
|2:00pm – 3:00pm||Presentation: Amphibians|
|3:00pm – 4:00pm||Presentation: Reptiles|
|4:00pm – 5:00pm||Group Project work time|
|Day 6||Tuesday, February 25, 2020|
|9:00am – 10:00am||Presentation: Environmental Ethics|
|10:00am – 11:00am||Video: Wetlands in a Modern Day Landscape|
|11:00am – 2:00pm||Potluck Lunch and group presentations|
|2:00pm – 3:00pm||Final paperwork, graduation|
Classroom Presentations: We will be meeting at a variety of locations throughout Sarasota County, please pay close attention to the schedule. Instructors will provide detailed directions via email prior to the first class and ongoing throughout class prior to each field trip/new location. Please contact instructor if you have any questions. 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.
- 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.
Make-up time frame: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material. The makeup time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as much of the material builds upon itself.
Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).
Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classrooms. Please bring your own beverages and snacks. Lunch is on your own and often out in the field, so best to plan to pack your lunch each day.
Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.
• 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.
Homework: An interpretive presentation in the field and a group project reflecting the freshwater ecosystems you have learned about are a required part of this class. We will discuss these requirements on Day 1 and will provide support necessary for this to be a comfortable, successful experience. Assignments are not meant to be “graded” homework, but rather an opportunity to synthesize your knowledge and experience gained.