Volusia County

October 7 - November 6, 2020 (online classes)
October 9, 16 & 23, 2020 (in-person)
Registration closes at 10:00am on October 5, 2020
(Course Code: fs20-13)


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Trey Hannah, Environmental Specialist II
Organization: Volusia County Environmental Management
Phone: 386-679-2976
Email: tahannah2121@gmail.com

Other Leads: Dennis Mudge, Retired Director, IFAS Extension Volusia County and
David Griffis, Stetson University Instructor and UF/IFAS Extension Emeritus



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday October 7, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 11:00am

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
90 minutes (total)
  1. Course Pre-test (15 min)
  2. Review interpretation (30 min)
  3. Review Ethics (30 min)
  4. Journal entry (15 min)


Day 2 Thursday October 8, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 12:15pm Live online via Zoom
- Go over Ecology PowerPoint (60 min)
- Review ethics and interpretation PowerPoints (60 min)
- Talk about small group presentations on book topics (15 min)

ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
120 minutes
  1. Marsh Video (45 min)
  2. A Waters Journey YouTube Link (60 min)
  3. Journal entry (15 min)


Day 3 Friday October 9, 2020 (In-person)
9:00am – 2:00pm Field Trip: Blue Spring State Park
2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763
  • Fish PPT and presentation with Dr. Melissa Gibbs with Stetson University
  • Boat tour
  • Manatee Presentation
  • Student lead presentation


Day 4 Wednesday October 14, 2020 (Online)
10:00am – 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Forested Wetlands PPT (60 min)
  • Reptiles PPT (60 min)
  • Small group presentations on special topic (30 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
    150 minutes (total)
    1. Permanent Wetlands Video (45 min)
    2. Field activity: Determining a wetland in your back yard (90 Min)
    3. Journal entry (15 min)


    Day 5 Friday October 16, 2020 (In-person)
    9:00am – 12:00pm Field Trip: Hontoon Island State Park
    2309 River Ridge Rd., DeLand, FL 32720
    • Nature Hike
    • Alligator Presentation: Jim Greene, Alligator expert
    • Student lead presentation


    Day 6 Thursday October 22, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am – 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Invertebrates PPT (60 min)
  • Birds PPT (60 min)
  • Small group presentations on special topic (30 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
    105 minutes
    • Florida Swamps Video (45 min)
    • Lakes and Rivers Video (45 min)
    • Journal entry (15 min)


    Day 7 Friday October 23, 2020 (In-person & on your own)
    9:00am – 12:00pm Field Trip: Longleaf Pine Preserve
    4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
    • Group activities (EcoBuggy, Wetlands, tracks and scat)
    • Student Lead Presentation
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
    120 minutes Field Activity: water sources (120 min)

    Day 8 Thursday October 29, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am – 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Herbaceous wetlands PPT (60 min)
  • Mammals PPT (60 min)
  • Small group presentations on special topic (30 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
    45 minutes History, Societal Perspectives, and Wetland Habitats in Florida Video (45 min)


    Day 9 Friday October 30, 2020 (Online)
    10:00am – 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Permanent Wetlands PPT (60 min)
  • Amphibians PPT (60 min)
  • Small group presentation on special topics (30 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
    135 minutes
    1. Field Activity: visit freshwater ecosystem (120 min)
    2. Journal entry (15 min)


    Day 10 Friday November 6, 2020 (Online)
    9:00am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Student Presentations
    • Post Test
    • Evaluations Wrap-ups


    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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