Lee County

May 8-29, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 4, 2020
(Course Code: fs20-06)


Classroom Facilities Information

Florida SouthWestern State College - Lee County Campus
Building: TBD
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kevin Doyle
Organization: Wichita State University
Phone: 832-372-1152
Email: kevin.doyle@wichita.edu

Associates: Alison Doyle and Barbara Centola



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday - May 8, 2020
8:00am – 8:30am Welcome/Introductions
8:30am –9:00am Course Requirements (K. Doyle)
9:00am – 9:30am Pre-Test
9:30am – 10:30am Overview (K. Doyle)
10:30am – 12:00pm Ecology (K. Doyle)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:30pm Herbaceous Wetlands (B. Centola)
2:30pm – 3:30pm Florida’s Marsh Video & Discussion
3:30pm – 4:00pm Student Project Work


Day 2 Thursday - May 14, 2020 (Field Trip)
  Meet at the CREW Marsh parking lot (4600 Corkscrew Rd, Immokalee, FL 34142).
More details will be provided on Friday, May 8 to prepare for the field trip.
9:00am – 12:00pm Guided Walk at CREW Marsh to observe key elements of a freshwater herbaceous wetland and transitions to adjacent environments.  The Marsh will provide good example of plants and animals associated with a SW Florida marsh.  The area is also prime habitat for bobcats, panthers and black bears.

Student Interpretive Practice - this field trip will also be an opportunity for students to practice their interpretation skills.


Day 3 Friday - May 15, 2020
8:30am – 9:30am Forested Wetlands (A. Doyle)
9:30am – 10:30am Florida’s Swamps Video & Discussion
10:30am – 12:00pm Permanent Wetlands (K. Doyle)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45pm – 1:30pm Florida’s Lakes, Rivers and Springs Video & Discussion
1:30pm – 2:30pm Invertebrates (K. Doyle)
2:30pm – 3:30pm Fish (K. Doyle)
3:30pm – 4:00pm Student Project Work


Day 4 Thursday - May 21 , 2020 (Field Trip)
  Meet at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Visitor Center parking lot, which is located at 375 Sanctuary Rd W
Naples, FL 34120. Parking is free. 
More details will be provided on Friday, May 15 to prepare for the field trip
9:00am – 12:00pm

Guided Walk on a boardwalk through an Everglades ecosystem that includes an old growth Cypress swamp, along with pine flatwoods, wet prairie and marsh. Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is the home to alligators, otters, white-tailed deer and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors can be seen.

Student Interpretive Practice - this field trip will also be an opportunity for students to practice their interpretation skills


Day 5 Friday - May 22, 2020
8:00am – 10:00am Guest Speaker – Beth Hamm, Living with Alligators, Florida Fish & Wildlife and Licensed Trapper
10:00am – 11:00am Amphibians (B. Centola)
11:00am – 12:00pm Reptiles (A. Doyle)
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45pm – 1:45pm Birds (B. Centola)
1:45pm – 2:45pm Mammals (A. Doyle)
2:45pm – 3:30pm Wetlands & Modern Human Society Video & Discussion
3:30pm – 4:00pm Student Project Work


Day 6 Thursday - May 28, 2020 (Field Trip)
  Meet at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park parking lot at the end of the Main Entrance (not the camp ground entrance) to the Park, which is located at
19130 N River Rd, Alva, FL 33920. 
More details will be provided on Friday, May 22 to prepare for the field trip
9:00am – 12:00pm

Guided Walk to observe an oxbow loop on the Caloosahatchee River and the wetlands adjacent to the river. Discussions of riverine processes will be included, along with the contrasts between wetlands and nearby Pine Flatwoods environments.

Student Interpretive Practice - this field trip will also be an opportunity for students to practice their interpretation skills.
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch at Regional Park Pavilion
12:45pm – 2:00pm

Guided Walk to observe and discuss a Pine Flatwoods environment adjacent to the weltands experienced in the AM walk.

Student Interpretive Practice - this field trip will also be an opportunity for students to practice their interpretation skills.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Student Project Work – at the Regional Park Pavilion


Day 7 Friday - May 29, 2020
8:30am – 9:30am Interpretation of Freshwater Systems (K. Doyle and Guest Speaker: TBD)
9:30am – 10:30am Ethics in Environmental Education & Eco-Heritage Tourism (B. Centola)
Student Interpretive Practice
10:30am – 11:00am Post – Test & Evaluations
11:00am – 12:00pm Student Project Presentations
12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45pm – 3:30pm Student Project Presentations
3:30pm – 4:00pm Course Evaluation & Awards

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Field Trips: Details will be provided the week before each trip. Student will meet at the field locations. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling is suggested for the Six Mile Cypress Slough.

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.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change:
• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• Breaks and Lunch – Class will start promptly at the end of breaks and the end of the lunch hour.
• When at FSW Lee Campus, you have the option of bringing a bag lunch or eating at the campus Food Court.
• When on Field trips, please bring a bag lunch.

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.

Student Interpretive Practice: Will take place during field trips and during class sessions and will include “2 Minute Talks” as a way to practice Interpretation. Students will be asked to prepare a 2 minute talk on a topic of interest. It might be a term mentioned in class that you want to do more research on or an anecdote from your volunteer work, etc. To organize your thoughts, tell the class why you are talking about this topic, provide a couple important facts or take-a-ways, followed by a summary. Talks can be done at the start of class, right after lunch or during our field trips.


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