January 11 - February 22, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs20-03)
Classroom 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: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor
Organization: Brevard County Parks & Recreation/South Area
Lead: Tracey Wright, Park Ranger/Naturalist, City of Palm Bay Parks & Recreation Dept
Assistant: Mark Prynoski, FMNP Advanced Naturalist, UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Saturday January 11, 2020 (TCS)|
|8:30am –9:45am||Welcome & Introductions, Course Overview, Final Project Requirements, Pre-test|
|9:45am –12:15pm||Classroom Presentations: Ecology & Forested Wetlands|
|12:15pm–1:45pm||Lunch then Video: Lakes, Rivers, Streams|
|1:45pm–5:00pm||Field Trip with Speaker-Turkey Creek Sanctuary-Freshwater Rivers & Streams|
|Day 3||Saturday January 25, 2020 (TCS)|
|8:30am – 11:30am||Classroom Presentations: Interpretation & Reptiles|
|11:30am – 1:00pm||Video: Swamps then lunch|
|1:00pm – 4:00pm||Group Project work time & Student Interpretive Practice|
|Day 4||Saturday February 1, 2020 (SSRPSP)|
|8:30am – 12:00pm||Field Trip-Cypress Forest & Dome-Freshwater Swamps|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch: Bring your own lunch! No close places to purchase food!!!|
|1:00pm – 5:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Permanent Wetlands & Amphibians & Student Interpretive Practice|
|Day 5||Saturday February 8, 2020 (ENP)|
|8:30am – 12:00pm||Field Trip-Viera Wetlands with Guest Speaker|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 5:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Invertebrates & Fish; Group Project work time & Student Interpretive Practice|
|Day 6||Saturday February 15, 2020 (ENP)|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Video: Wetlands in Modern Human Landscape|
|9:00am – 12:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Mammals & Ethics|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm – 3:00pm||Group Project work time/make up time & Student Interpretive Practice|
|Day 7||Saturday February 22, 2020 (TCS)|
|8:30am – 2:00pm||Final Project Presentations, Post-Test then Graduation with Pot-luck lunch!|
Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at multiple locations, both inside and outside. Erna Nixon Park is an outside covered pavilion with wooden picnic tables so dress accordingly. Some people also like to bring pillows for cushion. At any location it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly, especially your feet.
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.
Field Trip Recommendations: Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed body soaps or lotions before going into the field. Also, be aware that your feet will get wet on most of the field trips so bring a towel and a change of shoes for all field trips. The weather can be unpredictable as well so be prepared for being both hot and cold every day.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.