Orange County

January 19 - February 25, 2022
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs22-01)



Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jacqueline Y. Rolly
Organization: Oakland Nature Preserve
Phone: 407-620-6963
Email: onpfmnp@gmail.com
Website: http://www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/


Lead: Jennifer Hunt, Managing Director
Associates: Rachael Cravens, Environmental Instructor and Todd Angel


The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, January 19, 2022
9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Zoom introductions, Icebreaker and pre-test (60 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments and projects (20 min)
  • Presentation: Ecology - Todd Angel (70 min)
  • Recommend students start a journal to gather information and assignments
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    60 minutes
    1. Video – Florida Marshes  (30 min)
    2. Study Guide on Marshes (10 min)
    3. Begin your journey by going online to discover a national, state, county or municipal park you can visit to find wetland ecosystems.  Examples could be Lake Louisa State Park, Wekiva State Park (Wekiwa Springs), Seminole State Forest, Everglades National Park.  Note size of Park, dominant wetland features, name of possible contact. (20 min)
    Day 2 Friday, January 21, 2022
    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on your own assignment from previous session (20 min)
  • Presentation: Interpretation - Jennifer Hunt (50 min)
  • Group Activity (20 min)
  • Presentation: Permanent Wetlands - Jackie Rolly (50 min) 
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments / Scavenger Hunt (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    40 minutes
    1. Video – Florida Lakes  (30 min)
    2. Study Guide on Lakes (10 min)
    Day 3 Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on your own assignment from previous session (20 min)
  • Presentation: Herbaceous Wetlands -Jackie Rolly (60 min)
  • Presentation: Fish - Guest Speaker: Mark Sees, Manager, Orlando Wetlands Park
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    30 minutes
    1. Activity - Visit Prem’s website and see how many orchids occur near you.
    Day 4

    Friday , January 28, 2022

    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on your own assignment from previous session (20 min)
  • Presentation: Mammals -Rachael Cravens (60 min)
  • Presentation: “Florida’s Ancient Fishes” - Guest speaker: Ken Sulak (55 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    90 minutes
    1. Activity - Aquatic Mammal Adaptations  (40 min)
    2. Video – Red Tide (50 min)
    Day 5 Wednesday , February 2, 2022 - Field Activity

    IN-PERSON
    GROUP FIELD ACTIVITY

    9:30am –1:00pm

    Location: Orlando Wetlands Park
    View Swamps, River and Marshes
    OR Participants may choose the in-person group activity or the self-guided alternative
    SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY Habitat – Wetlands, inform instructor where visiting.  Visit the site you previously researched online.  If uncomfortable going alone, bring a friend or other student.  Refer to the course material for Rivers, Swamps, Springs or Marshes and include them in your journal. Find 5 plants, 5 trees, any signs (tracks, scat, etc.) of animals associated with these ecosystems. Submit findings by Noon Monday 2/22
    ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    70 minutes
    1. Video – Florida Swamps (25 min)
    2. Study Guide Swamps (15 min)
    3. Presentation on Wetlands Birds Breeding Plumage (30 min)
    Day 6

    Friday, February 4, 2022

    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief FIELD TRIP or SELF-GUIDED hands-on activity from previous session
    (20 min)
  • Presentation: Invertebrates -Rachael Cravens (60 min)
  • Presentation: Florida Orchards - Guest speaker: Mike Owen, Park Ranger (60 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    30 minutes
    1. Activity - Visit Prem Subrahmanyam’s website and see how many orchids occur near you.
    Day 7 Wednesday, February 9, 2022
    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous session (30 min)
  • Presentation: Amphibians -Jennifer Hunt (60 min)
  • Freshwater Jeopardy Game (50 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    90 minutes
    1. Video - St. John’s River
    2. Video - “Water’s Journey: Florida’s Hidden Rivers”
    Day 8

    Friday, February 11, 2022

    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous session (20 min)
  • Presentation: Soils and Wetland Delineation (60 min)
  • Presentation: Reptiles - - Rachael Cravens (60 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • Day 9 Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous session (30 min)
  • Presentation: Forested Wetlands -Jackie Rolly (55 min)
  • Presentation: Birds (55 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    30 minutes
    1. Video - Invertebrates of Orlando Wetlands Park (30 min)
    Day 10

    Friday, February 18, 2022 - Field Activity

    IN-PERSON
    GROUP FIELD ACTIVITY

    9:30am –1:00pm

    Location: Wekiwa State Park/Lake Louisa State Park (TBD)
    View various wetland features
    OR Participants may choose the in-person group activity or the self-guided alternative
    SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY Habitat – Marsh/lake and inform the instructor where visiting.  Visit a new site from your previous research.  If uncomfortable going alone, bring a friend or other student.  Refer to the course material for Marshes and Lakes, and document trees, plants, invertebrates or animals associated with these ecosystems that you observed. 
    Submit findings by Noon Monday 3/8
    ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    30 minutes
    1. Video – Human Dimensions (20 min)
    2. Complete Study Guide on video (10 min)
    Day 11 Wednesday, February 23, 2022
    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous session (45 min)
  • Presentation: Environmental Ethics (40 min)
  • Presentation by students on Scavenger Hunt (60 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (5 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
    Please complete before next live meeting or posted deadline
    40 minutes
    1. Complete final project requirements
    Day 12

    Friday, February 25, 2022

    9:30am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Final Project Presentations by Students
  • Post-test, Evaluation, Graduation (45 min)

  • The course format is Hybrid: Live Online and in-person.

    Course Guidelines

    Covid-19 safety precautions

    To protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 virus, we expect all persons participating at in-person FMNP events to wear masks at events conducted in UF-owned facilities and any facility where the host’s policy is to wear masks indoors, even if you are vaccinated. Outdoor venues pose reduced risks but we encourage mask wearing and social distancing as personal choices.

    Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (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.

    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.

    Attendance Policy:

    • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours) - 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.

    Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class.


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