Miami-Dade County

August 4-29, 2020 (100% online)
Course full. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: fs20-10)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kirk Linaje, Biologist
Organization: Miami-Dade County
Phone: 305-372-6781
Email: linajk@miamidade.gov


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:00pm

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

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


Day 2 Thursday, August 6, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Questions & Answers from Day 1 (15 min)
  • Freshwater Systems Ecology PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Q&A (10 min)
  • Herbaceous Wetlands PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Activity: Connect to Protect (25 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Video 2: Florida Swamps (45 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (15 min)
  3. Complete Remaining Herbaceous Wetlands PowerPoint (15 min)


Day 3 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review Prepared Q&A (15 min)
  • Forested Wetlands PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Permanent Wetlands PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes (total)
  1. Video 3: Florida Lakes, Rivers, and Springs (45 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (15 min)
  3. Complete Remaining Florida Wetlands PowerPoint (20 min)
  4. Watershed Video (10 min)
 

Day 4 Thursday, August 13, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review Prepared Q&A (15 min)
  • Freshwater Fish PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Amphibians PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Interpretive Skills activity-How to lead different audiences (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes (total) 1. Crossword Puzzle Activity (30 min)
2. On-line Fish ID Activity (30 min)
3. Discuss and Outline Project Presentations with Partner(s) (30 min)


Day 5 Saturday, August 15, 2020 (Virtual Field Trip)
*
tentative; subject to rescheduling Marsh Habitat
10:00am – 11:00am Virtual Field Trip led by Instructor from Shark Valley
via Instagram Live/Zoom (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. Visit a nearby Freshwater Marsh
  2. Explore and document the flora and fauna and ecology of the habitat
    (specific points of emphasis will be provided)


Day 6 Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:35pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discuss field trip experiences and observations (15 min)
  • Birds PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Activity: How to quickly distinguish wading birds (20 min)
  • Reptiles PowerPoint (30 min)
  • Review/Critique Project Ideas/Concepts (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes (total) 1. Complete and Review Remaining Reptiles PowerPoint (30 min)
2. Video 4: Wetlands & Modern Human Society (45 min)
3. ID 3 Different Bird Species in your own yard using E-Bird (15 min)


Day 7 Thursday, August 20, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Freshwater Mammals PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Review/Critique Project Ideas/Concepts (15 min)
  • Freshwater Invertebrates PowerPoint (30 min)
  • Q&A (15 min)
  • Interpretive Skills activity-Practice building strong themes (45 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom sessions
30 minutes Complete and Review Remaining Invertebrates PowerPoint (30 min)

Day 8 Saturday, August 22, 2020 (On your Own)
*
tentative; subject to rescheduling Swamp Habitat
10:00am – 11:00am Virtual Field Trip led by Instructor from South Dade Wetlands
via Instagram Live/Zoom (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. Visit a Swamp-type habitat in South Florida (I will provide suggestions)
  2. Explore and document the flora and fauna and ecology of the habitat
    (specific points of emphasis will be provided)


Day 9 Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Live online via Zoom

  • Discuss field trip experiences and observations (15 min)
  • Interpretation and Ethics PowerPoint (60 min)
  • Q&A (15 min)
  • Interpretive Skills activity -Critique a series of known park signs (60 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Complete and Review Remaining Interpretation/Ethics (50 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (10 min)


Day 10 Thursday, August 27, 2020 (Online) note slightly earlier meeting time
5:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Q&A Follow-up of previous day’s material (15 min)
  • Team Final Project Presentations (170 min)
  • Feedback and Discussion of Presentations (20 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
45 minutes Online Course Evaluations and Post-test (45 min)


Day 11 Saturday, August 29, 2020 (Virtual Field Trip)
*tentative; subject to rescheduling Lakes, Rivers, and Springs Habitats
10:00am – 11:00am Virtual Field Trip led by Instructor from Eco Pond
via Instagram Live/Zoom
(60 min)
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Graduation and Closing Remarks via Zoom Meeting (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
3 hours
  1. Visit nearby pond/lake habitat
  2. Explore and document the flora and fauna and ecology of the habitat (specific points of emphasis will be provided)


Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom) 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 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
• Web camera (most laptops have this included)
• A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations

All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

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. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
1) outdoors only
2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
4) maintain group size <10 people
5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

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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