Volusia County

January 24 - February 28, 2020
Full - Contact Instructor for wait list
(Course Code: us20-02)

Classroom Facilities Information

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

Heart Island Conservation Area
6350 Lake Winona Rd, De Leon Springs, FL 3213

Hickory Bluff Preserve
598 Guise Rd, Osteen, FL 32764

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

Instructors Information

Associate and Point of Contact: Trey Hannah, Coordinator
Organization: Volusia County Environmental Management Education
Phone: 386-736-5927 extension 12072
Email: thannah@volusia.org

Leads: Dennis Mudge, UF IFAS Extension Volusia County Extension Director and
David Griffis, Stetson University Instructor and UF/IFAS Extension Emeitus

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Friday, January 24, 2020 (LEC)
9:00am - 10:00am Introduction, paperwork, pretest
10:00am - 11:00am Interpretation PPT
11:00am - 11:15am Break
11:15am - 12:15pm Scrub, Dry Prairie and Rangeland Video
12:15pm - 12:45pm Lunch on your own
12:45pm - 1:45pm Environmental Ethics PPT
1:45pm - 2:00pm Break
2:00pm - 3:00pm Herpepfauna
3:00pm - 3:30pm Go over student lead discussion
3:30pm - 4:15pm Wrap-up and discussion

Day 2 Friday, January 31, 2020 (LEC)
9:00am - 12:30pm Field Trip: Hike out on the Preserve/ with presentation from Guest Speaker:
Keith Abrahamson, Manager for gopher tortoise protection Volusia Co.
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:00pm Scrub Prairie Range PPT
2:00pm - 3:00pm Invertebrates I PPT
3:00pm - 4:00pm Pinelands PPT
4:00pm - 4:00pm Student lead Interpretation

Day 3 Friday, February 7, 2020 (Heart Island)
9:00am - 12:00pm EcoBuggy trip around preserve
Guest Speaker: John Serrao, herpetology expert (Spiders)
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm - 1:30pm Student lead presentation
1:30pm - 2:30pm Birds I PPT
2:30pm - 3:30pm Hardwood Forest
3:30pm - 4:30pm Hardwood Forest Video

Day 4 Friday, February 14, 2020 (Hickory Bluff)
9:00am - 10:00am Bear Presentation - Guest Speaker: Mike Orlando, FWC bear biologist
10:00am - 10:30am Travel
10:30am - 12:30pm Hike Hickory Bluff
12:30pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 1:30pm Student lead presentation
1:30pm - 2:30pm Upland Systems Ecology PPT
2:30pm - 3:30pm Pine Habitats Video
3:30pm - 4:30pm Birds II PPT

Day 5 Friday, February 21, 2020 (Clearwater Lake)
9:00am - 12:00pm Field: Hike Clearwater Lake Recreation Area
Guest Speaker: Michael Brother: bird expert
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm - 1:30pm Mammals PPT
1:30pm - 2:30pm Presentation on Species Competition and Resource Allocation
2:30pm - 3:30pm Uplands Systems Video
3:30pm - 4:15pm Studen Lead Presentation
4:15pm - 4:30pm Projects Discussion

Day 6 Friday, February 28, 2020 (LEC)
9:00am - 10:00am Invertebrates II
10:00am - 11:00am Scrub Jay Presentation
11:00am - 12:00pm Student Project Presentations
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm - 3:30pm Student Project Presentations
3:30pm - 4:30pm Post test, wrap-up, evaluations


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 4.75 hours (20% of the 24 contact hours). This is a FMNP policy and cannot be modified by the Instructor.
• To receive certification, the 4.5 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 or 4.5 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.

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. If we run out of time for an activity one day, we will fit it in another day.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time.

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 or quite cold on our field trips—please, dress accordingly.

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