Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties

March 24 - May 12, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 19, 2020
(Course Code: fs20-07)

Classroom Facilities Information

Santa Rosa County Extension Office
6263 Dogwood Dr,, Milton, FL 32570

Escambia Rosa County Extension Office
3740 Stefani Rd., Cantonment, FL 32522

UF- Milton Campus: Building 4800, Room 4822
5988 US-90, Milton, FL 32583

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Chris Verlinde, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
Phone: 850-777-7884

Leads: Carrie Stevenson, UF/IFAS Coastal Sustainabilty Agent
Rick O'Connor, UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension
Assistants: Dave Barker, Navarre Kayaks

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
9:00am – 10:30am Welcome, Introduction/ice breaker, Paperwork, Student handbook and
Expectations, Final Projects
10:30am – 11:15am Florida’s Marshes video
11:15am – 12:15pm Working Lunch
Freshwater Systems Ecology- Carrie
12:15pm – 4:00pm Field Work: Weaver Creek Steephead, Eglin AFB (Steephead habitat)

Day 2 Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (Escambia County Extension Office)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
9:00am – 10:00am Mammals Presentation - Rick
10:00am – 11:00am Forested Wetlands Presentation - Carrie
11:00am – 11:45am Florida’s Lakes, Rivers and Springs Video
11:45am – 12:00pm Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm Working Lunch
Interpretation Presentation – Chris
1:00pm – 3:30pm Field Work: Roy Hyatt Environmental Center
(Forested wetlands, bogs, swamps, student interpretive practice)

Day 3 Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
8:30am – 9:30am Permeant Wetlands Presentation - Rick
9:30am – 10:30am Herbaceous Wetlands Presentation - Carrie
10:30am – 11:30am Reptiles Presentation - Rick
11:30am – 12:30pm Working Lunch
Ethics Presentation – Kayak Dave
12:45pm – 1:45pm Amphibians Presentation – Rick
1:45pm – 4:00pm Field Work: Arcadia Mill site
(forested wetlands, swamps and creek, student interpretive practice)

Day 4 Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (Field Trips)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
  Meet at Cracker Barrel - 8050 Lavelle Way
(I-10 Exit 7 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526
7:45am Depart from Cracker Barrel
8:45am– 11:00am Arrive at WildNative Tours office
Bartram Landing at the 5 Rivers Delta Center
30841 Five Rivers Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527
11:00am - 12:15pm 5 Rivers Resource Center self-guided tour
12:30pm - 2:30pm Bass Pro-shop – Lunch, Freshwater Fish, natural history displays,
freshwater creek demonstration, student interpretive practice
2:30pm – 3:30pm Depart Bass Pro shop and travel to Cracker Barrel

Day 5 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
9:00am – 10:15am Invertebrates Presentation – Shelia
10:15am – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 11:15am Florida Swamps Video
11:15am – 12:15pm Working Lunch
Freshwater Fish Presentation – Chris  
12:30pm – 3:30pm Field Work: Yellow River Marsh State Park
(marshes, pitcher plants, cypress domes, student interpretive practice

Day 6 Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
Bring snacks, lunch, water, field gear and dress for the weather
9:00am – 10:00am Birds Presentation – Chris
10:00am – 10:45am Working Lunch
Modern Human Society Video
10:45am – 3:30pm Field Work: Splinter Hill Pitcher Plant Bog
(Pitcher Plant bog, forested wetlands, student interpretive practice)

Day 7 Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (Santa Rosa County Extension Office)
Bring a Pot-Luck dish/snack to share
9:00am – 12:00pm Final Presentations
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch /FMNP Endowment Video
1:30pm – 2:00pm Awards Ceremony


Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Lilmited transportation may be included for some field trips. Lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive/carpool 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.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change:
• 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.

Food & Drinks! Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators must bring snacks to the hungry class the next class. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom.

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips.

Field Trips:
• Water is Required to be Carried with You – No Exceptions.
• Bring: water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels and dress for the weather.
• 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.
• 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. Use your brain before your body.
• 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.
• Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate footwear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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