Brevard County

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

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor
Organization: Brevard County Parks & Recreation/South Area
Phone: 321-508-3441

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 2 Saturday January 18, 2020 (ENP)
8:30am – 11:30am Field Trip-Erna Nixon Park-Freshwater Marshes
11:30am – 1:00pm Video: Marshes then lunch
1:00pm – 4:00pm Classroom Presentations: Herbaceous Wetlands & Wetland Birds
4:00pm – 5:00pm Student Interpretive Practice

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.

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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