Collier County

March 12 - April 8, 2020
Registration closes at 10:00am on March 9, 2020
(Course Code: us20-06)

Class Facility Information

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Blair Audubon Center Classroom
375 Sanctuary Road , Naples, FL 34120

Instructors Information

Lead: Sally Stein, Director of Public Programs
Assistants: Derek Day and Helen Day, Naturalist Educators
Organization: National Audubon Society, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Phone: 239-348-9151 ext. 112

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:30am - 9:00am Welcome, Introduction, Pre-test, Course Overview, Course & Interpretive and
Final Project Requirements
9:00am - 10:00am Interpretation Presentation
10:00am - 11:00am Environmental Ethics Presentation
11:00am - 12:00pm Upland Systems Ecology Presentation
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break 
12:30pm - 12:45pm Student Interpretive Practice - Planning
12:45pm - 1:45pm Pineland Habitat Presentation
1:45pm - 2:45pm Video: Pineland Communities
2:45pm - 3:30pm Group Final Project Planning/3+ person group

Day 2 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
7:30am - 11:30am Pinelands Habitat Field Trip 
(Bring water, binoculars, comfortable close-toed hiking shoes, long pants, sun protection) meet in the classroom
at 7:30 A.M. Field trip is at Corkscrew – off boardwalk, more details will be provided on Day 1.  There will also be time for student interpretive practice.
11:30am - 12:15pm Lunch Break/Group Final Project Work Time
12:15pm - 1:15pm Video:  Upland Systems & Modern Human Society
1:15pm - 3:30pm Invertebrates I & II Presentations, with 15 minutes for student interpretive practice.

Day 3 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:30am - 8:45am Herptofauna Presentation, with 15 minutes for student interpretive practice
8:45am - 9:45am Guest Speaker – Renee Wilson, Audubon of Florida Communications Associate. 
Topic:  Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink
9:45am - 11:00am Upland Birds I Presentation, with 15 minutes for student interp. practice
11:00am - 12:00pm Upland Birds II Presentation
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break and Group Final Project Work Time
12:30pm - 1:45pm Hardwood Forest Presentation, with 15 minutes for student interp. practice
1:45pm - 2:45pm Video:  Hardwood Forests
2:45pm - 3:30pm Extra time for student interp. practice or final project work time, wrap up

Day 4 Friday, March 27, 2020
8:00am - 9:00am Mammals Presentation
9:00am - 1:00pm Hardwood Habitat Field Trip
(Bring: water, lunch, binoculars, long pants, close-toed shoes, sun protection
– hat, long sleeves, sunscreen, sun glasses)
Field Trip is at Corkscrew, with 15 minutes for student interp. practice
1:00pm - 2:00pm Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangeland Habitat Presentation
2:00pm - 3:00pm Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangeland Habitat Video
3:00pm - 3:30pm Extra time for interpretive practice or final project work time, wrap up

Day 5 Monday, March 30, 2020
8:30am - 12:30pm Scrub Habitat Field Trip  (bring lunch and/or snacks, water,
binoculars, close-toed shoes, sun-protection)  Field trip is off site at
Railhead Scrub site in Naples. 30 minutes built in for student practical
interpretive practice.  Wrap up at end.

Day 6 Wednesday, April 8, 2020
8:00am - 8:30am Group Project Presentation set-up/ worktime
8:30am - 12:00pm Group Final Project Presentations
12:00pm - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Post-test, Evaluations, Graduation!


Note for all classes: Classroom sessions will be held at the Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Blair Audubon Center Classroom. Please bring your lunch daily. The room may be chilly so be prepared.

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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