Palm Beach County

January 5 - February 4, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am EDT on January 3, 2019
(Course Code: us19-03)

Class Facilities Information

Jonathan Dickinson State Park Visitor Center (JDSP)
16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound FL 33455

Mounts Botanical Garden Auditorium
531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Chris Lockhart, Field Biologist, Plant Ecologist and Environmental Educator
Founder of Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Guest Lead: Amanda Thompson, St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department
Associates: Molly Sims, Advanced Master Naturalist, Retired Educator
Mary Crider, Grassy Waters Preserve
Patricia Sposato, Biologist and Educator
Guest Lecturer:Greg Braun, Sustainable Ecosystems International

Organization: Habitat Specialists, Inc.
Phone: 561-738-1179
Email: chris@lockharts.org




Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Saturday, January 5, 2019 (JDSP)
8:30am - 11:45am Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview, etc.
Presentations: Ecology, Pineland Communities
11:45am - 12:15pm Lunch
12:15pm - 2:15pm Field trip - Orientation Hike – Pinelands
2:15pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Interpretation
Pine hands-on activity
Discuss projects


Day 2 Monday, January 7, 2019 (Mounts)
6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentations - Invertebrates I, Invertebrates II
  Student interpretive talks
  Video - Florida's Pine Habitats


Day 3 Saturday, January 12, 2019 (JDSP)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip – Scrub /Dry Prairie Habitat – Jupiter Ridge, JDSP
12:00pm - 12:30pm Working Lunch
Video - Florida's Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands 
12:30pm - 5:00pm Presentations - Scrub, Prairie, Range; Upland mammals
Mammals activity
Student interpretive talks
Project topics deadline


Day 4 Saturday, January 19, 2019 (JDSP)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip – Hardwood Hammock – Juno Dunes NA or Satin Leaf Trail
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch break
12:30pm - 5:00pm Presentations: Birds I and Birds II, Hardwood Forests
Birds activity
Video - Florida's Hardwood Forests


Day 5 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (Mounts)
6:00pm - 9:30pm Presentation: Upland Herptofauna (Herptiles)
Video - Upland Habitats and Modern Society
Activity – Mammal activity
Project time


Day 6 Saturday, February 2, 2019 (JDSP)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip – Oak Hammock, Frenchman’s Forest
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch break
12:30pm - 5:00pm Presentation: Environmental Ethics
Demo on neighborhood reptiles & amphibians or other activity
Evaluations, Post-test
Project prep


Day 7 Monday, February 4, 2019 (Mounts)
6:00pm -9:00pm Final Project Presentations, Graduation


Special Instructions

Field trip locations & times may change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Transportation and lunches are not included. Carpooling suggested.
Field Recommendations: Always wear appropriate footwear, sunscreen and water.


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