Leon County

June 1 - July 21, 2023
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: fs23-08)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Karen Rose, Naturalist and Environmental Educator
Organization: Native Florida Connections LLC
Phone: 850-212-3732
Email: yellow.columbine@yahoo.com

  Guest Lead: Victor Blanco, Florida Sea Grant Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Taylor County

Associates: Mark Tancig, Horticultural Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Leon County
Kim Munshower, Advanced Florida Master Naturalist and LEED-certified Interpretive Guide

Assistants: Steve Hutchinson, Photographer and Photography Instructor, Our Photo Tribe
Billy Boothe, Photo Naturalist, Nature in Focus

The course format is online.

Tentative Course Agenda

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Course Guidelines

Covid-19 Safety Precautions

TIn light of the latest CDC updates and guidance from UF health experts, we no longer require masks during in-person FMNP activities but welcome masks for those who wish to wear them and voice support for those who do.

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 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.

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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