Broward County

February 18 - March 18, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on February 13, 2020
(Course Code: fs20-05)

Class Facilities Information

South Plantation High School: Magnet Building
1300 SW 54th Ave, Plantation, FL 33317

Sawgrass Nature Center
3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065

Tradewinds Park
3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kristen Hoss, President
Organization: Tanawha Presents LLC
Phone: 248-933-1069

Associates: Dr. Jody Berman, AP Biology and Experimental Science Instructor, South Plantation
High School - Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration Magnet

Robin Reccasina, Executive Director, Sawgrass Nature Center

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday - February 18, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
6:00pm – 6:30pm Introduction
6:30pm – 7:00pm Pre-Test
7:00pm – 8:00pm Ecology Power Point
8:00pm – 8:30pm Watershed Model
8:30pm – 9:30pm Video: FL Marshes and discussions

Day 2 Thursday - February 20, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
6:00pm – 7:30pm Invertebrates Powerpoint
7:30pm – 8:00pm Invertebrates and habitat activity
8:00pm – 9:00pm Herbaceous Wetlands Power Point
9:00pm – 9:30pm Video: Wetlands and Modern Society

Day 3 Saturday - February 22, 2020 (Everglades Holiday Park)
9:00am – 11:00am Introduction to Everglades Holiday Park and educational airboat ride with
bird ID activity and ethnobotany
11:00am – 11:30am Working lunch
Summarizing experience
11:30am – 2:00pm Slogging in the slough
2:00pm – 3:30pm Student interpretation practice
Critter catching to bioindicate water quality

Day 4 Tuesday - February 25, 2020 (Sawgrass Nature Center)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Introduction and tour of Sawgrass Nature Center
7:00pm – 8:00pm Birds Powerpoint and animal visits
8:00pm – 9:00pm Reptiles Powerpoint and animal visits
9:00pm – 9:30pm The key to snakes is dichotomous

Day 5 Thursday - February 27, 2020, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
6:00pm – 7:30pm Interpretation PowerPoint
7:30pm – 8:00pm interpretation activity
8:00pm – 9:00pm Fish PowerPoint with activities
9:00pm – 9:30pm Video: Lakes, Rivers and Springs

Day 6 Saturday - February 29, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
9:00am – 9:30am 60 mph Naturalist
9:30am – 11:30am PBC Water Reclamation Facility
11:30am – 12:00pm Working lunch
Review the tour highlights
12:00pm – 3:00pm Wakodahatchee exploration and tour with bird ID and resource partitioning activity
3:00pm – 3:30pm 60 mph interpretation activity

Day 7 Tuesday - March 3, 2020 (Sawgrass Nature Center)
6:30pm – 7:30pm Mammals Powerpoint and animal visits
7:30pm – 8:00pm Mammals activity-skulls and feeding strategies
8:00pm – 9:00pm Amphibians
9:00pm – 9:30pm Amphibian hunt iNaturalist

Day 8 Thursday - March 5, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
6:30pm – 7:30pm Forested Wetlands PowerPoint
7:30pm – 8:30pm Permanent Wetlands PowerPoint
8:30pm – 9:00pm Video: FL Swamps
9:00pm – 9:30pm Discussion

Day 9 Saturday - March 7, 2020 (Tradewinds Park)
9:00am – 11:00am Tradewinds Waterway Cleanup: Eco-action wetland project
11:00am – 12:00pm Working lunch
Ethics PowerPoint
12:00pm – 2:00pm Wetland Ecology to grow your own food
2:00pm – 3:00pm Cypress dome wetland exploration

Day 10 Wednesday - March 18, 2020 (South Plantation HS)
6:30pm – 7:00pm Post test and evaluations
7:00pm – 9:00pm Project presentations and pot luck
9:00pm – 9:30pm Graduate!


Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at multiple locations. 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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