Duval County

August 5 - September 11, 2020 (100% online)
Course is FULL. Contact Instructor for waitlist.
(Course Code: fs20-11)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Carol Wyninger, Volunteer
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Phone: 904-220-0232
Email: wyninger@comcast.net

Lead: Justina Dacey, Agriculture/Natural Resources Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County
Associates: Elizabeth Strawbridge, Volunteer, North Florida Land Trust (NFLT)
Larry Figart, Urban Forestry Extension Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Emily Dunn, Stewardship Manager, NFLT
Jon Johnson, Duval/Clay County Forester, Florida Forest Service
Assistants: Allan Hallman, Biologist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Lauren Watkins, Director of Behavior Change Strategies, Impact by Design


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
- Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (45 min)
- Getting comfortable with Zoom / Testing equipment (15 min)
- Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
- Course Pre-test (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. View Journaling Tutorial (30 min)
  2. Set up journal format, first journal entry (30 min)


Day 2 Friday, August 7, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom
  • Journal sharing and discussion (15 min)
  • Ecology presentation w Q&A (60 min): Carol Wyninger
  • Break (15 min)
  • Final group project discussion, form groups (30 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on your own assignment (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Journal entry (15 min)


Day 3 Monday, August 10, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • FLMNH activity (15 min)
  • Fish Presentation (part 1): Beth Strawbridge
  • Break (15 min)
  • Fish Presentation w Q&A (Part 2, 75 min total)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your- own assignment (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Journal entry (15 min)
  2. View Florida’s Lakes, Rivers, and Streams video and complete reflection activity 1 (60 min)


Day 4 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 1 Discussion (30 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Permanent Wetlands presentation w Q&A (60 min): Justina Dacey
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your own activity (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Journal entry (15 min)


Day 5 Friday, August 14, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretation presentation w Q&A (60 min)? Lauren Watkins
  • Break (15 min)
  • Interpretive speaking Example and intro to interpretive speaking activity
    (30 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on your own assignment (15 min) 
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
165 minutes (total)
  1. Visit a permanent wetland and complete Field Activity 1 (150 min)
    For discussion Friday, August 21  
  2. Journal entry (15 min)  


Day 6 Monday, August 17, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom
  • Invertebrates presentation (part 1): Carol Wyninger
  • Break (15 min)
  • Invertebrates presentation w Q&A (part 2, 75 min total)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to activity (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes 1. Journal entry (15 min)
2. View Florida’s Swamps video and complete Reflection Activity 2 (60 min)


Day 7 Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:15pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 2 discussion (30 min)
  • Forested Wetlands presentation w Q&A (60 min): Larry Figart
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on your own activity (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Journal entry (15 min)

Day 8 Friday, August 21, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Amphibians presentation w Q&A (60 min): Jon Johnson
  • Break (15 min)
  • Field Activity 1 discussion (30 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your own activity (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
165 minutes
  1. Visit a freshwater swamp and complete Field Activity 2 (150 min)
    For discussion Friday, August 28
  2. Journal entry (15 min)


Day 9 Monday, August 24, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Birds presentation w Q&A (60 min): Emily Dunn
  • Break (15 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your-own assignment (15 min)
  • Break-out rooms for project/interpretive speaking help. Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your-own assignment (30 minutes)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Journal entry (15 min)
  2. View Florida’s Marshes video and complete Reflection Activity 3 (60 min)


Day 10 Wednesday, August 26, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 3 discussion (30 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Herbaceous Wetlands presentation w Q&A (60 min): Larry Figart
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your own assignment (15 min)
 
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Journal entry (15 min)


Day 11 Friday, August 28, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Eco-Heritage Tourism Ethics presentation w Q&A (60 min) Emily Dunn
  • Break (15 min)
  • Field activity 2 discussion (30 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, Intro to on-your-own activities (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
165 minutes
  1. Visit a freshwater Marsh and complete Field Activity 3 -
    For discussion Wednesday, September 9 (150 min)
  2. Journal entry (15 min)


Day 12 Monday, August 31, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reptiles presentation w Q&A (60 min): Beth Strawbridge
  • Break (15 min)
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your own assignment (15 min)
  • Break-out rooms for project/interpretive speaking help. (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
75 minutes
  1. Journal entry (15 min)
  2. View Wetlands in the Modern Human landscape video and complete Reflection Activity 4 (60 min)


Day 13 Wednesday, September 2, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Reflection Activity 4 discussion (30 min)
  • Break (15 min)
  • Mammals presentation w Q&A (60 min): Allan Hallman
  • Wrap-up, Q&A, intro to on-your-own assignment (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
15 minutes Journal entry (15 min)


Day 14 Friday, September 4, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretive speaking (120 min) includes break
15 minutes Final Journal entry (15 min)


Day 15 Wednesday, September 9, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Field Activity 3 discussion (30 min)
  • Group project presentations (90 min, includes breaks)


Day 16 Friday, September 11, 2020 (Online)
6:30pm – 8:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Share journals (30 min)
  • Complete posttest, general evaluation, and online evaluation (30 min), break
  • Graduation, course wrap-up (30 min)

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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