St. Lucie County

January 18 - February 16, 2019
Late registration closes at 1:00pm EDT on January 17, 2019
(Course Code: us19-02)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension Office
8400 Picos Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34945

UF/IFAS St Lucie County Extension: Hurricane House
8350 Picos Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34945

Adams Ranch
26003 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34945


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Ken Gioeli, M.Ag, UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County
Guest Lead: Wren Underwood, St Lucie County Environmental Program & Ecotourism Coordinator
Associate Instructors: Dr. Carey Minteer, UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center
Irene-Eva Ries, One More Generation, Michelle Peterson, and Bella Chauhan
Guest Associate Instructor: Taylor Davis, UF/IFAS Extension Highlands County
Assistants Instructors: Jerry Bott, Master Naturalist St Lucie Chapter; John Nelson, Audubon of Martin County
Richard Knott, St Lucie County Mosquito Control and Mary White
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County
Phone: 772-462-1627
Email: ktgioeli@ufl.edu
Website: stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, January 18, 2019 (St. Lucie Extension Office)
5:00pm -9:00pm Schedule & Final Projects Discussion
  Presentation: Uplands Ecology (Ken Gioeli)
  Presentation:  Upland Mammals (Jerry Bott)
  Movie: Upland Habitats in the Modern Human Landscape


Day 2 Saturday, January 19, 2019 (St. Lucie Extension Office)
9:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip: Indrio Savannahs Preserve (5275 Tozour Road, Fort Pierce)
by Irene-Eva Ries
After field trip, presentations will take place at UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County
  Ethics Presentation (Wren Underwood)
  Presentation: Pinelands (Taylor Davis)
  Presentation: Hardwood Trees of Florida (Taylor Davis)
  Movie: Florida’s Scrub, Dry Prairie & Rangelands


Day 3 Friday, January 25, 2019 (St. Lucie Extension Hurricane House)
5:00pm -9:00pm Presentations: Invertebrates 1 & 2 (Dr. Carey Minteer)
  Black light activity
  Movie: Florida’s Pine Habitats
  Presentation: Scrub, Prairie, Range (Ken Gioeli)


Day 4 Saturday, January 26, 2019 (Adams Ranch)
9:00am - 5:00pm Field Trip: Adams Ranch
  Presentations: Birds I & II (John Nelson)


Day 5 Sunday, January 27, 2019
12:00pm - 4:00pm Archbold Biological Station, 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL


Day 6 Independent Study - 2 hours


Day 7 Friday, February 1, 2019 (St. Lucie Extension Office)
5:00pm -9:00pm Presentations: Interp and Uplands Herps (Amanda Thompson)
  Video: Hardwood Forests


Day 8 Independent Study - 4 hours


Day 9 Saturday, February 16, 2019 (St. Lucie Extension Office)
9:00am -1:00pm Presentations
  Post-test, Evaluations and Graduation


Special Instructions

Field trip locations & times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. The course instructor will provide updates via email each week. Students will need to check their emails regularly. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field trip information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.

Field Recommendations: Always wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen and water.


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