January 8 - February 26, 2022
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs22-03)
Classroom Facilities Information
Erna Nixon Park: Nature Center
1200 Evans Rd., West Melbourne, FL 32904
Turkey Creek Sanctuary
1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
Field Trip Locations
Erna Nixon Park: Nature Center
1200 Evans Rd., West Melbourne, FL 32904
St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (SSRPSP)
1000 Buffer Preserve Dr., Fellsmere, FL 32948
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
444 Columbia Blvd. Titusville, FL 32780
Lead and Point of Contact: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor
Organization: Brevard County Parks and Recreation - Erna Nixon Park
Lead: Tracey Wright, Park Ranger/Naturalist, City Of Palm Bay Parks & Recreation
Assistant: Mark Prynoski, FMNP Advanced Naturalist
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Saturday January 8, 2022 - Class at Erna Nixon Park and PM Field Trip|
|8:30am – 9:30am||Welcome & Introductions, Course Overview, Final Project Requirements, Pre-test|
|9:30am – 12:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Ecology & Forested Wetlands|
|12:00pm – 12:30pm||Video: Lakes, Rivers, Streams|
|12:30pm – 1:30pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:30pm – 5:00pm||Field Trip: Turkey Creek Sanctuary-Freshwater Rivers & Streams|
|Day 2||Saturday January 15, 2022 - Field Trip & Class at Erna Nixon Park|
|8:30am – 11:00am||Field Trip at Erna Nixon Park: Freshwater Marshes|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||Lunch on your own|
|12:30pm – 1:00pm||Video: Marshes|
|1:00pm – 4:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Herbaceous Wetlands & Wetland Birds|
|4:00pm – 5:00pm||Student Interpretive Practice|
Saturday January 22, 2022 - Class at Erna Nixon Park
|8:30am – 11:00am||Classroom Presentations: Reptiles & Permanent Wetlands|
|11:00am – 12:00pm||Video: Swamps|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:00pm – 2:30pm||Classroom Presentation: Amphibians|
|2:30pm – 5:00pm||Group Project work time & Student Interpretive Practice|
Saturday January 29, 2022 - Field Trip: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park
|8:30am – 12:00pm||Field Trip: Cypress Forest & Dome
Freshwater Swamps - long hike with speaker
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch: Bring your own lunch! No close places to eat or purchase lunch!!!|
|1:00pm – 4:00pm||Afternoon hike to pitcher plants! Student Interpretive Practice during hikes|
|Day 5||Saturday February 5, 2022 - AM Field Trip & PM Class|
|8:30am – 11:30am||
Field Trip: Enchanted Forest Sanctuary trails with Guest Speaker
|11:30am – 1:00pm||Lunch on your own and travel to classroom (CHEC)|
|1:00pm – 4:00pm||Classroom Presentations: Invertebrates & FIsh|
|4:00pm –5:00pm||Group Project work time & Student Interpretive Practice|
Saturday February 19, 2022 - Class at Turkey Creek Sanctuary
|8:30am – 11:30am||Classroom Presentations: Interpretation & Mammals|
|11:30am – 12:30pm||Lunch on your own|
|12:30pm – 2:30pm||Video: Wetlands in Modern Human Landscape
Presentation: Ethics in Environmental Education & Eco-Heritage Tourism
|2:30pm –5:00pm||Group Project work time/make up time & Student Interpretive Practice|
|Day 7||Saturday February 26, 2022 - Class at Turkey Creek Sanctuary|
|8:30am – 2:00pm||Final Project Presentations, Post-Test then Graduation with Pot-luck lunch|
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.
Classroom Presentations: We will be at multiple locations for our classroom presentations, both inside and outside. The inside classrooms could be be very warm or very cool—please dress accordingly. The outside classroom is a roofed pavilion but benches are wood so some might want to bring stadium seats or pillows to sit on. All classrooms both inside and outside are large and will have space to be socially distanced. Although not required, masks will be expected to be worn while inside and during field trips when social distancing is not possible..
Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange. Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.
Course Time Schedule does 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.
Flexible Schedule – Agenda Details are subject to change:
• The schedule times are listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• We probably not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).
Food & Drinks: Please, absolute not polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers ---violators will have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are available in the classroom.
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. Violators will have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.
• Water is Required to be Carried with you – no exceptions.
• Bring water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels, and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt)
• Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body locations before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midge (no see ‘ems) and flies).
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
• Required Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there my be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
• Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate footwear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be hot on our field trips---please, dress accordingly.
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