Manatee County

April 18 - May 23, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on April 12, 2019
(Course Code: us19-06)

Classroom Facility Information

UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County:
Kendrick Auditorium (Days 1-2, 4-6) and Rogers Classroom (Day 3)
1303 17th Street W, Palmetto, FL 34221


Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Dr. Angela Collins, Florida Sea Grant Agent
Lead: Lisa Hickey, Extension Agent
Associate: Kathy Oliver
Assistants: Susan Griffith, Wayne Douchkoff, and Melissa Nell

Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County
Phone: 941-722-4524 x1826
Email: abcollins@ufl.edu



Tentative Course Agenda (updated 4/9/19)

Day 1 Thursday, April 18, 2019 (Classroom: Kendrick)
8:30am - 10:30am Welcome to FMNP Upland Systems; Objectives & Overview; Paperwork;
Class Activity and Mixer
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm Topic: Upland Systems Ecology
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45pm - 2:00pm Topic: Interpretation of Upland Systems
2:00pm - 2:15pm Break
2:15pm - 2:45pm Video: Hardwood Forests
2:45pm - 4:00pm Topic: Hardwood Forests
4:00pm - 4:15pm Review course expectations, field trip prep; interpretive practice


Day 2 Thursday, April 25, 2019 (Field Trip & Classroom: Kendrick)
8:30am - 11:30am Field trip: Hardwood Forests (River View Point, DeSoto Memorial and
Robinson Preserve
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch and travel back to classroom
12:30pm - 1:00pm Video: Florida’s Pine Habitat
1:00pm - 2:15pm Topic: Pineland Communities
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:45pm Topic: Scrub, Dry Prairie and Range
3:45pm - 4:15pm Video: Scrub, Dry Prairie and Range


Day 3 Thursday, May 2, 2019 (Field Trip & Classroom: Rogers)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field Trip: Scrub, Dry Prairie and Rangelands to Longino Rangelands
(26111 Turpentine Still Road, Sidell, FL)
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch and travel back to classroom
1:30pm - 2:45pm Topic: Invertebrates I
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:15pm Topic: Invertebrates II


Day 4 Thursday, May 9, 2019 (Field Trip & Classroom: Kendrick)
8:30am - 12:00pm Field trip: Pine habitats, Duette Preserve
12:00pm - 1:00pm Travel back to classroom
1:00pm - 2:15pm Topic: Uplands Herpetofauna
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 3:45pm Topic: Upland Birds I
3:45pm - 4:00pm Interpretive practice


Day 5 Thursday, May 16, 2019 (Classroom: Kendrick & short Field Trip)
8:30am - 9:45am Topic: Ethics in Environmental Education and Ecotourism
9:45am - 10:30am Review expectations for group projects, interpretive practice
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 11:15am Video: Upland Systems & Modern Human Society
11:15am - 1:00pm Short Field Trip: Terra Ceia Nature Trail
1:30pm - 2:45pm Topic: Upland Birds II
2:45pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:15pm Topic: Mammals


Day 6 Thursday, May 23, 2019 (Classroom: Kendrick)
8:30am - 9:30am Course evaluation
9:30am - 10:30am Project presentations
10:30am - 10:45am Break
10:45am - 12:00pm Student group project presentations
12:00pm - 1:00pm Potluck celebration lunch – bring a dish to share
1:00pm - 3:00pm Student group project presentations
3:00pm - 3:15pm Certificate of completion


OPTIONAL
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 8:45–9:45am (Graduation Day)
Certificates presented in the presence of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners.
Location: Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers on the first floor of the County Administrative Center at
1112 Manatee Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the UF|IFAS Extension office in Manatee County unless otherwise instructed. Specific classroom at the office is noted in parentheses each day
(e.g., Kendrick or Rogers).

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. Carpooling suggested.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

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.

Student Carpooling is suggested and is up to students to arrange as convenient for them.

Flexible Schedule - Agenda Details are Subject to Change:

• The schedule times listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible. • We probably will not get out early; however, we may run late. We will do our best but please roll with the waves if schedules vary slightly. • Course time schedule does not include your travel time.

Food & Drinks: Food and drinks are allowed and we encourage you to bring as many snacks and beverages as you like (but please no alcohol.) Please keep in mind environmental stewardship and do your best to bring reusable containers for food and drink.

Cell Phones: Please set your phones to silent or vibrate during class. We try to build ample time into breaks and lunch, but if you must take a call during class please be considerate and step outside. Violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Field Trips:

  • 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 lotion before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midges (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 may 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 foot wear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
  • It might be very hot on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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