Manatee County

May 15 - July 21, 2020 (online classes)
July 25, 2020 (in-person)
Course filled. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: fs20-09)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Alyssa Vinson, Extension Agent I - Residential Horticulture
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County
Phone: 941-722-4524 x. 1822
Email: alyvinson@ufl.edu
Website: sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/manatee/

Leads: Angela Collins, Regional Extension Agent, Florida Sea Grant
Lisa Hickey, Regional Extension Agent
Associate: Katherine Oliver, Program Assistant
Assistant: Susan Griffith, Florida Friendly Landscape Coordinator



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, May 15, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Live online via Zoom
- Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
- Getting comfortable with Zoom / Testing equipment (15 min)
- Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)

ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Course Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Video: Marshes (45 min)
  3. Video Reflection (15 min)


Day 2 Thursday, May 21 , 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 6:00pm Live online via Zoom
- Marshes Video Discussion (15 min)
- Final Project Topic Discussion (30 min)
- Final Project Group Selection and Introductions (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Video Reflection: (15 min)
  2. Final Project Topic Selection (30 min)
  3. Final Project Topic Submission (15 min)


Day 3 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 7:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Ethics in Environmental Education Presentation (45 min)
  • Freshwater Wetlands Ecology Presentation: Alyssa Vinson (60 min)
  • iNaturalist Tutorial, Field Activity Description (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Video: Florida’s Swamps (45 min)
  2. Video Reflection (15 min)


Day 4 Week of May 26 (Field Activity)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
150 minutes (total)
  1. iNaturalist Field Activity: Myakka River State Park*
    (suggested or other nearby open natural area) (120 min)
  2. Activity Reflection (30 min)


Day 5 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Forested Habitats Presentation: Alyssa Vinson (75 min w/ break)
  • Project Check-In Discussion (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Video: Florida’s Lakes, Rivers and Springs (45 min)
  2. Video Reflection (15 min)


Day 6 Thursday, June 11, 2020 (On-Own)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 hours Drinking Water Analysis Activity


Day 7 Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 7:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Florida’s Lakes, Rivers and Springs Video Discussion (15 min)
  • Permanent Wetlands Presentation: Kathy Oliver (60 min)
  • Interpretation Presentation: Alyssa Vinson (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Video: Wetlands and Human Society (60 min)
  2. Video Reflection (15 min)

Day 8 Week of June 20, 2020 (Field Activity)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
180 minutes
  1. iNaturalist Field Activity: Se7en Wetlands, City of Lakeland (150 min)
  2. Activity Reflection (30 min)


Day 9 Tuesday, June 23, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 6:45pm

Live online via Zoom
- Field Activity Discussion (15 min)
- Wetland Invertebrates Presentation-Lisa Hickey (60 min)
- Interpretive Practice (30 min)

ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Drinking Water Case Study (60 min)
  2. Final Project Status Update (15 min)


Day 10 Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 7:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Case Study Discussion (15 min)
  • Amphibians and Reptiles Presentation: Guest TBD (45 min w/break)
  • Herbaceous Wetlands Presentation: Alyssa Vinson (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes Ephemeral Wetlands Case Study: Flatwoods Salamander (60 min)


Day 11 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 6:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Case Study Discussion (15 min)
  • Mammals Presentation-Susan Griffith (60 min
  • Interpretive Practice (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes Wildlife Corridor Case Study: Embedded Wetlands, River Corridors


Day 12 Week of July 11, 2020 (Field Activity)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
180 minutes
  1. iNaturalist Field Activity: Lake Manatee State Park*
    (Suggested or other nearby natural area) (150 min)
  2. Activity Reflection (30 min)


Day 13 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 6:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field Activity Discussion (15 min)
  • Wetland Birds Presentation-Kathy Oliver (60 min)
  • Interpretive Practice (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes Final Project Development/Collaboration


Day 14 Week of July 18, 2020 (Field Activity)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
180 minutes
  1. iNaturalist Field Activity: Celery Fields, Sarasota, Florida (150 min)
  2. Activity Reflection (30 min)


Day 15 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (Online)
5:00pm – 6:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field Activities Check-In and Discussion (15 min)
  • Freshwater Fish Presentation-Dr. Angela Collins (60 min)
  • Interpretive Practice (30 min)


Day 16 Saturday, July 25, 2020 (In Person) *tentative; subject to rescheduling*
Location Manatee County Extension Service: Kendrick Auditorium
8:30am – 9:30am Course evaluation
9:30am – 10:30am Student presentations
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:00pm Student presentations
12:00pm – 1:00pm Potluck celebration lunch – bring a dish to share
1:00pm – 3:00pm Student presentations
3:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Certificate of completion (15 Minutes)
  • FMNP Course Evaluation (15 min)

Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting or Webinar indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom or the provided webinar link) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

To participate, you must have:
• Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Speakers and a microphone
• Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.


*In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.  Times do 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.

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