St Johns/Flagler County

May 7-25, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 3, 2019
(Course Code: us19-07)

Classroom Facility Information

University of Florida Whitney Laboratory
Center for Marine Studies: Lohman Auditorium
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd. St. Augustine, FL 32080-8610


Instructors Information

Lead: Danny Lippi, Advanced Tree Care, Inc.
Associate: Joe Woodbury
Assistant and Point of Contact: Eric Ziecheck, Manager/Stewardship and Education Coordinator
Organization: Ripple Effect EcoTours
Phone: 904-814-9886
Email: eric@rippleeffectecotours.com
Website: www.rippleeffectecotours.com



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:45pm Introductions, Pre-tests, Paperwork
6:45pm - 7:45pm Classroom Presentation - Uplands Ecology
8:00pm - 9:00pm Classroom Presentation - Pinelands Communities


Day 2 Thursday, May 9, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Classroom Presentation - Hardwood Forests
6:30pm - 7:15pm FMNP Video 1: Pine Habitat
7:30pm - 8:30pm Classroom Presentation-Scrub, Dry Prairie, Range
8:30pm - 8:45pm Student Interpretation
8:45pm - 9:00pm Group Presentation Intro


Day 3 Saturday, May 11, 2019 (Field Trips)
9:30am - 12:30pm Field Trip 1:  Florida Agricultural Museum for Pine Habitats
12:30pm - 1:00pm Working Lunch at Parks, pack a picnic and Guest Speaker Option
1:0pm - 1:30pm Student Interp time for Pine Habitat and Hardwood Forests
1:30pm - 4:30pm Field Trip 2: Princess Place Preserve for Scrub, Prairie, and Range
Groups Organized prior to departure and Exchange contact info


Day 4 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Classroom Presentations - Invertebrates 1
6:30pm - 6:40pm Break
6:40pm - 7:40pm Classroom Presentations - Invertebrates 2
7:45pm - 8:15pm FMNP Video 2: Hardwood Forests
8:30pm - 9:00pm Group Project Time


Day 5 Thursday, May 16, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Classroom Presentation - Upland Herpetofauna
6:30pm -7:00pm Begin Birds
7:00pm - 7:15pm Break
7:15pm - 8:30pm Continue Birds 1 (completed) and 2 majority covered
8:30pm - 9:00pm Groups and Interpretation


Day 6 Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Faver-Dykes State Park )
10:00am - 1:00pm Field Trip 3 Faver Dykes State Park: Harwood Forests
1:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch on own
1:30pm - 2:30pm Start Interpretation with Joe Woodbury - Upland Systems
2:30pm - 3:30pm Student Interp: Hardwood Forests and Group Time
3:30pm - 4:00pm Outdoor Classroom Presentation Birds Completed


Day 7 Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Bird Wrap Up
6:30pm -7:15pm Classroom Presentation-Interpretation completed
7:30pm - 8:30pm Classroom Presentation Upland Mammals
8:30pm - 9:00pm Group Projects time


Day 8 Thursday, May 23, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
5:30pm - 6:30pm Classroom Presentation Ethics
6:30pm -7:15pm FMNP Video 3: Scrub, Dry Prairie, Range
7:30pm - 8:00pm Wrap Up and Review
8:00pm - 9:00pm Group Projects Wrapped Up for presentations Saturday
Note: Parking Only Allowed at Marina due to an event.


Day 9 Saturday, May 25, 2019 (UF Whitney Lab)
10:00am - 10:15am Final Day Overview
10:15am - 11:00am FMNP Video 4: Upland Systems and Modern Human Society
11:15am - 11:45am Field Trip, Walk to River to Sea if time allows Hardwood Forests continued
12:00pm -12:30pm Post Test
12:30pm - 4:00pm Pot Luck with Final Projects Presentations and Graduation Party!

Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: “Classroom” means we are at the UF Lohman Auditorium 2nd floor unless otherwise instructed. In the classroom, it might be very warm or very cool—please, dress accordingly.

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.
  • If you exceed more than 8 hours, you must make up the exceeded time by completing an assignment of equal time and content. Approval of the Instructor is required.
  • 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.

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 try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
  • Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks: Please, absolutely no polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers—violators have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are allowed in the classroom

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. 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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