Orange County

September 30 - November 6, 2020 (online classes)
October 14 and 30, 2020 (in-person or self-guided group field activity)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 28, 2020
(Course Code: us20-05)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Jacqueline Y. Rolly
Organization: Oakland Nature Preserve
Phone: 407-905-0054
Email: j.y.rolly@att.net
Website: http://www.oaklandnaturepreserve.org/

Lead: Jennifer Hunt, Director
Associates: Todd Angel and Rachel Cravens


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 (Online)
9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, Icebreaker (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (20 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • Ecology Presentation (60 min)
  • ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Course pre-test (20 min; complete online within 3 days)
    2. Video – Scrub, Prairie, Range (50 min)
    3. Video – Scrub at Lake Wales Part 1 (30 min)
    4. Study Guide on Scrub (20 min)


    Day 2 Friday, October 2, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Presentation – Scrub, Range and Prairie (40 min)
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on your own assignment from previous
      session (20 min)
    • Presentation – Interpretation (40 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Video - Hardwood Forests (50 min)
    2. Study Guide on Hardwoods (10 min)
    3. Interpretation Activity (60 min)


    Day 3 Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (10 min)
    • Presentation – Hardwoods (50 min)
    • Final Project Group/Individual selection (40 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (20 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Activity – Pick a street, park, neighborhood and identify and count how many native trees are present. Note: tree id file provided (90 min)
    2. Activity – Bird Video (30 min)


    Day 4 Friday, October 9, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (10 min)
    • Short class on use of binoculars (10 min)
    • Presentation: Birds 1 and 2 (55 min)
    • Guest speaker – Avian Reconditioning Center Live (45 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Bird watching walk on your own in an Upland natural area (90 min)
    2. Video – A walk Through a Native Nursery (30 min)


    Day 5 Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (Field activity & On Your Own)

     

    Participants may choose the in-person group activity or the self-guided alternative
     

    IN-PERSON GROUP FIELD ACTIVITY

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Field trip to Oakland Nature Preserve
    – View Sandhill restoration, oak hammock, watch for birds, identify plants and trees

     

    OR SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY

      Habitat: Sandhill or Pine Flatwoods natural area.
    Inform instructor which area to be visited.
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Video – Pinelands  (45 min)
    2. Study Guide on Pinelands (10 min)
    3. View 360 degree Google Expedition, answer questions (30 min)


    Day 6 Friday, October 16, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief FIELD TRIP or SELF-GUIDED hands-on activity from previous session (30 min)
    • Presentation on Pinelands (40 min)
    • Review Study Guide on Pinelands (10 min)
    • Presentation – Edible Native Plants (35 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (5 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Walk through an Upland ecosystem and identify edibles, do not pick
    2. Activity:  TBD


    Day 7 Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (10 min)
    • Presentation Herpetofauna (40 min)
    • Guest Speaker – live on Zoom – Snakes of the Uplands (60 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Study and report on number/identification of herps you can find in an Upland natural area
    2. Activity:  TBD


    Day 8 Friday, October 23, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (10 min)
    • Presentation on Invertebrates I and II (50 min)
    • Presentation on invasive plants (50 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Activity – In an Upland natural area, report on how many and what type of invasive plants are present.  (60 min) (Alternative: use your neighborhood.)
    2. Activity: in your back yard or other area and report on number/quantity of butterflies, and/or determine if certain spiders or insects present are exotic or native. (60 min)


    Day 9 Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (10 min)
    • Presentation on Mammals (55 min)
    • Presentation: Florida Soils (45 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Using on line tools, determine soils in your yard, or at Oakland Nature Preserve  or other natural upland area with prior consent to dig. (60 min)
    2. Work on final project (60 min)


    Day 10 Friday, October 30, 2020 (in-person or self-guided group field activity)

     

    Participants may choose the in-person group activity or the self-guided alternative
     

    IN-PERSON GROUP FIELD ACTIVITY

    9:30am – 11:30am

    Field trip to Bill Fredericks at Turkey Lake Park. 
    - View scrub and its rare and endangered plants. Hike in Park to view only remaining scrub habitat in Orange County.

     

    OR SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY

      Habitat: Scrub natural area. 
    Inform instructor which area to be visited.
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes
    1. Video – Uplands Systems and Modern Human Society  (45 min)
    2. Complete Study Guide on video (10 min)
    3. Work on Final project (65 min)


    Day 11 Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 11:30am Live online via Zoom
    • Debrief/Interpretive from on-your-own assignment from previous
      session (30 min)
    • Review Study Guide on video (10 min)
    • Presentation: Environmental Ethics (40 min)
    • Discussion on observations, projects (30 min)
    • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    120 minutes Complete final project requirements.


    Day 12 Friday, November 6, 2020 (Online)
    9:30am – 12:30pm Live online via Zoom
    • Final Project Presentations by Students
    • Graduation
    ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
    ­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
    60 minutes
    • Post-Test (20 min; complete online within 24 hours)*
    • Evaluation of online course format(20 min; complete online within 24 hours)
    • FMNP Course Evaluation (20 min; complete online within 24 hours)



    Course Guidelines

    Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor.

    To participate, you must have:
    • Zoom 5.0 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
    • An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
    • Headset, or speakers and microphone (most laptops have this included)
    • Web camera (most laptops have this included)
    • A quiet location where you will not be disturbed

    On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. Assignments could include sedentary activities using a computer, hands-on exercises to practice skills, and/or self-guided field explorations

    All outdoor activities involve some element of risk and we all are responsible to take measures to keep ourselves safe. FMNP participants assigned self-directed activities must assume responsibility for their own safety and conduct FMNP activities accordingly. We recognize that comfort levels as to what represents safe behavior will vary among individuals. We ask everyone make safety a priority and to work within their own comfort parameters to complete the intent of self-directed activities without putting themselves at risk. FMNP instructors are prepared to assist anyone with questions or concerns to ensure the FMNP learning experience is safe, productive, and enjoyable for everyone.

    In-Person/Field Trip Locations & Times are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances and the status of the COVID-19 health crisis. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify meeting information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Times do not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations. Any gathering for in-person activities must be in compliance with local ordinances and follow safety guidelines including:
    1) outdoors only
    2) maintain physical distancing of >6 feet
    3) wear a mask or cloth face covering
    4) maintain group size <10 people
    5) wash hands & sanitize frequently
    6) stay home if sick or around others who may be sick.

    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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