May 22 - June 14, 2019
Registration closes at 10:00am on May 17, 2019
(Course Code: us19-09)
Class Facilities Information
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County: Green Buidling
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
Lemon Bay Park and Environmental Center
570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223
Lead and Point of Contact: Katherine Clements, Ecology and Natural Resources Educator
Organizations: UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Tentative Course Agenda
|Day 1||Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (Sarasota Co. Extension Office)|
|9:00am - 10:30am||Intro to FMNP and being an environmental ambassador; Intro to Course: pre-test, paperwork, orientation to schedule and field trip locations, notebooks, final project, icebreaker with classmates|
|10:30am - 11:30am||Presentation: Ecology|
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Video: Florida’s Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangeland|
|12:30pm - 1:00pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Presentation: Scrub, Prairie, Range|
|2:00pm - 3:30pm||Presentation: Interpretation|
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Interpretive assignments and Group projects discussion|
|Day 2||Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (Oscar Scherer State Park)|
|8:30am - 12:00pm||Field trip with State Biologist and Park Manager (Scrub and Pinelands); Special topic: Conservation issues: Florida Scrub Jay
(Guest Speaker: Tony Clements, OSSP Park Manager)
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Presentation: Mammals|
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||Video: Pine habitats|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Presentation: Pinelands|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Group work time|
|Day 3||Friday, May 31, 2019 (Myakka River State Park)|
|8:30am - 12:00pm||Field Trip with Ranger Mike Stanfield (Dry prairie, Upland hardwood forests) and a stop at the canopy walk|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch on your own|
|1:00pm - 2:30pm||Student Interpretive Talks|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||Presentation: Herpetofauna|
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Presentation: Upland Birds I|
|Day 4||Friday, June 7, 2019 (AM Field Trips & PM Classroom at Lemon Bay Park)|
|8:30am - 12:00pm||Field Trip to County Parks highlighting Environmentally Sensitive Land Programs and Preservation of Upland Ecosystems (Manasota Scrub, South Venice Lemon Bay, Old Miakka Preserve, Pinelands Preserve, Carlton Reserve)|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch and travel to Lemon Bay classroom|
|1:00pm - 2:00pm||Presentation: Upland Birds II|
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||Video: Hardwood Forests|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Presentation: Hardwood Forests|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||Group work time|
|Day 5||Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (Sarasota Co. Extension Office)|
|12:00pm - 2:00pm||Presentation: Invertebrates I and II
Guest Speakers: Carol Wyatt-Evens and Wilma Holley, UF/IFAS Ext Sarasota
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||Invertebrates activity|
|3:00pm - 4:00pm||Video: Upland Systems & Modern Human Society|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Presentation: Ethics|
|5:00pm - 6:00pm||Group work time|
|6:00pm - 7:30pm||Dinner on Own and travel to Location TBD|
|7:30pm - 9:00pm||Bat Program Location TBD|
|Day 6||Friday, June 14, 2019 (Sarasota Co. Extension Office)|
|9:00am - 10:30am||Complete remaining material|
|10:30am - 2:00pm||Group Projects and Potluck Lunch and Dessert|
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||Final paperwork|
Classroom Presentations: We will be meeting at a variety of locations throughout Sarasota County, please pay close attention to the schedule. Instructors will provide detailed directions via email prior to the first class and ongoing throughout class prior to each field trip/new location. Please contact instructor if you have any questions. 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.
- 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.
Make-up time frame: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material. The makeup time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as much of the material builds upon itself.: If you miss a class or a field trip, you must make-up the same material. The makeup time needs to be completed within a week when possible. This will keep you from getting behind, as much of the material builds upon itself.
Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange.
Flexible Schedule:• 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. Food and drinks are allowed in the classrooms. Please bring your own beverages and snacks. Lunch is on your own and often out in the field, so best to plan to pack your lunch each day.
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.
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 an optional 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. Also, recommended to not wear in class, as many people are sensitive.
• 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.
• 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 or cold, or wet on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.
Homework: An interpretive presentation in the field and a group project reflecting the upland ecosystems you have learned about are a required part of this class. We will discuss these requirements on Day 1 and will provide support necessary for this to be a comfortable, successful experience. Assignments are not meant to be “graded” homework, but rather an opportunity to synthesize your knowledge and showcase experience gained.