Volusia County

February 1 - March 8, 2019
Full. Contact instructor for wait list
(Course Code: us19-04)

Classroom Facilities Information

Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC)
2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, FL 32725

Clearwater Lake Recreation Area
24511 Co Rd 42, Paisley, FL 32767

Longleaf Pine Preserve
West entrance: 3637 E. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32724
East entrance: 4551 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

Hickory Bluff Preserve
598 Guise Rd, Osteen, FL 32764


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: David Griffis, Stetson University Instructor and UF/IFAS Extension Emeitus
Lead: Dennis Mudge, UF IFAS Extension Volusia County Extension Director
Associate: Trey Hannah, Volusia County Environmental Management Education Coordinator
Organizations: Stetson University and UF/IFAS Volusia Extension
Phone: 386-822-5778 (David)
Email: dgriffis@ufl.edu



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 1, 2019 (LEC)
9:00am - 4:00pm Introductions, paperwork and pretest
  Presentation: Environmental ethics
  Presentation: Interpretation
  Short hike on-site
  Presentation: Upland Herpetofauna
Snake presentation (Additional Field Experience)
  Scrub, Dry Prairie and Rangeland: video
  Wrap-up and discussion about future classes


Day 2 Friday, February 8, 2019 (LEC)
9:00am - 4:00pm Field trip to Lyonia Environmental- Scrub
  Presentation: Uplands Systems Ecology
  Presentation: Birds I
  Gopher tortoises
Guest Speaker: Keith Abrahamson (Additional Field Experience)
  Student interpretive talks


Day 3 Friday, February 15, 2019 (Clearwater Lake Rec)
9:00am - 4:00pm Field Trip: Pine Habitats
  Pine Habitats Video
  Presentation: Pineland Communities
  Presentation: Birds II
  Student Interpretive talks


Day 4 Friday, February 22, 2019 (Longleaf Pine Preserve)
9:00am -4:00pm Hardwood Forest field trip
  Presentation: Invertebrates
Additional Presentation: Spiders
  Hardwood Forest Video


Day 5 Friday, March 1, 2019 (Hickory Bluff Preserve)
9:00am - 4:00pm Presentation: Mammals
Alternative Presentation: Bears
  Upland systems and modern Human Society + Discussion
  Presentation: Invertebrates II
  Field Trip on-site
  Student Interpretive talks


Day 6 Friday, March 8, 2019 (LEC)
9:00am - 4:00pm Student group project presentations
  Lunch, Graduation, Post-test evaluations


Special Instructions

Field trip locations & times may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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