Nassau County

February 10 - March 2, 2020
Registration closes at 9:00am on February 6, 2020
(Course Code: us20-03)

Classroom Facilities Information

UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County: Yulee Extension Office.
86026 Pages Dairy Rd, Yulee, FL 32097

UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County: Callahan Extension Ofice
543350 US Highway 1, Callahan, Florida, 32011

Traders Hill Farm
30771 Foghorn Lane, Hilliard, FL 32046

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Justina Dacey, Extension Agent II, UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County
Organization: UF/IFAS Extension Nassau County
Phone: 904-530-6356

Leads: Christina Nelson, Director, Amelia Naturally
Jessica Paarlberg, Naturalist, Amelia Island Omni Nature Center
Associates: Larry Figart, Urban Forestry, UF/IFAS Extension Duval County
Jonathan (Jon) Johnson, Clay & Duval County Forester, Florida Forest Service
Lauren Watkins, White Oak Conservation Center
Assistant: Allan Hallman, Biological Scientist, Florida FWCC

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Monday, February 10, 2020 (Yulee Extension Office)
8:30am - 10:00am Welcome to FMNP Uplands, introductions, pre-test
10:00am - 11:00am Ecology Presentation
11:00am - 12:00pm Scrub, Prairie, Rangelands Presentation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:00pm Interpretation Presentation
2:00pm - 3:00pm Video: Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangeland
3:00pm - 4:00pm Form groups for projects/intro to Interpretive speaking
4:00pm - 4:30pm Questions, intro to next week, adjourn

Day 2 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (Yulee Extension Office)
8:30am - 12:00pm Meet at field trip site (walk outside) : Cary State Forest
Grassland, Pine habitat
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch/travel to Yulee Extension Office
1:00pm - 2:00pm Birds 1 Presentation
2:00pm - 3:00pm Video: Pine Habitats
3:00pm - 4:00pm Pineland Communities Presentation
4:00pm - 4:30pm Questions, project time/activity

Day 3 Monday, February 17, 2020 (Yulee Extension Office)
8:30am - 9:30am Ethics Presentation
9:30am - 10:30am Video: Upland Systems and Modern Human Society
10:30am - 12:00pm Invertebrates 1 Presentation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:00pm Mammals Presentation
2:00pm - 4:30pm Project time/activity

Day 4 Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (Callahan Extension Office)
8:30am - 9:30am Invertebrates 2 Presentation
9:30am - 10:30am Video: Hardwoods Forests
10:30am - 12:00pm Guest Speaker: Danielle D’Amato, Biologist with Army Corps of Engineers
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:00pm Hardwood Forests Presentation
2:00pm - 4:30pm Interpretive Speaking

Day 5 Monday, February 24, 2020 (Yulee Extension Office)
8:30am - 12:00pm Meet at field trip site (walk outside): Ralph E. Simmons Park,
Pineland forest, grassland, scrub
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch/Travel to Yulee Extension Office
1:00pm - 2:00pm Herptiles Presentation
2:00pm - 3:30pm Birds 2 Presentation
3:30pm - 4:30pm Project time/activity

Day 6 Monday,March 2, 2020 (Traders Hill Farm)
8:30am - 12:30pm Meet at field trip site (walk outside): Traders Hill Hardwood Forest
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch on your own
1:30pm - 3:30pm Project Presentations
3:30pm - 4:30pm Post-test, Evaluations, Graduation


Note for all classes: Classroom sessions will be held at the UF/IFAS Nassau County - Yulee Extension Office and Traders Hill Farm. Please bring your lunch daily in a cooler. The availability of restaurants nearby is limited. The room may be chilly so be prepared.

Note for field trips: We will be outdoors for 3-4 hours. There is a possibility that we will walk 2-3 miles on variable terrain. Dress for the weather. Bring water, insect repellant, sun protection, and lunch. Cameras, binoculars, and field guides are welcomed. Field trips are held rain or shine.

Directions to Field Trips
Date: February 12, 2019
Location: Cary State Forest
7465 Pavilion Road, Bryceville, FL 32009
Meet at outdoor educational pavilion

Date: February 24, 2019
Location: Ralph E. Simmons State Forest
3472 Clint Dr., Hilliard, FL 32046

Date: March 2, 2019
Location: Traders Hill Farm
30771 Foghorn Lane, Hilliard, FL 32046
Meet at education building

Please Note:
There is a moderate likelihood that your feet will get wet and/or muddy on ALL THREE field activities. For your comfort you may want to consider bringing a towel and change of clothing/shoes. As, usual, make sure you have sunscreen and water to use as needed. .

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.

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