Miami-Dade County

May 19 - June 1, 2020 (online classes)
July 11-25, 2020 (in-person)
FULL contact Instructor for waitlist
(Course Code: us20-07)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kirk Linaje, Biologist
Organization: Miami-Dade County
Phone: 305-372-6781
Email: linajk@miamidade.gov



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 6:30pm Live online via Zoom
- Welcome to FMNP course & introductions (30 min)
- Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
- Review instructions for "own your own" assignments (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Course pre-test (15 min)
  2. Video 1: Pine Habitats (45 min)



Day 2 Thursday, May 21, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Questions & Answers from Day 1 (10 min)
  • Upland Systems Ecology PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Pineland Communities PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Activity: Connect to Protect Pinelands (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
65 minutes
  1. Video 2: Hardwood Forests (45 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (15 min)
  3. Complete Remaining Pineland Communities PowerPoint (15 min)



Day 3 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review Prepared Q&A (15 min)
  • Hardwood Forests PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
70 minutes
  1. Video 3: Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range (45 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (15 min)
  3. Complete Remaining Scrub PowerPoint (20 min)



Day 4 Thursday, May 28, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Review Prepared Q&A (15 min)
  • Hardwood Forests PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes
  1. Uplands Crossword Puzzle Activity (30 min)
  2. Uplands Crossword Puzzle Activity (30 min)
  3. Discuss and Outline Project Presentations with Partner(s) (30 min)



Day 5 Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Upland Herps PowerPoint (45 min)
  • Activity: How to quickly distinguish wading birds (20 min)
  • Uplands Birds (Part 1) (35 min)
  • Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range PowerPoint (50 min)
  • Review/Critique Project Ideas/Concepts (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
90 minutes
  1. Complete and Review Remaining Birds PowerPoint (30 min)
  2. Video 4: Upland Systems & Modern Human Society (45 min)
  3. ID 3 Different Bird Species in your own yard (15 min)



Day 6 Thursday, June 4, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Uplands Birds PowerPoint (Part 2) (45 min)
  • Review/Critique Project Ideas/Concepts (15 min)
  • Upland Mammals PowerPoint (30 min)
  • Q&A (25 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Complete and Review Remaining Mammals PowerPoint (30 min)
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (15 min)
  3. Work with Partners on Final Touches for Project (15 min)



Day 7 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Interpretation and Ethics PowerPoint (60 min)
  • Q&A (5 min)
  • Assistance with Final Projects (25 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes
  1. Complete and Review Remaining Interpretation/Ethics (50 min))
  2. Prepare 3 Questions/Comments to Review Next Class (10 min))



Day 8 Thursday, June 11, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Q&A Follow-up (15 min)
  • Team Final Project Presentations (105 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes Post-test (30 min)



Day 9 Saturday, July 11, 2020 (In-person) *tentative; subject to rescheduling
Location Pineshore Pineland/Ned Glenn Pineland (Brown Bag Lunch)
8:30am – 4:00pm
  1. Upland Pine Forest Community Ecology (345 min)
  2. 30 min travel time in between sites
  3. Student Interpretive Practice (45 min)
  4. Day Summary, Q&A (30 min)



Day 10 Saturday, July 18, 2020 (In-person) *tentative; subject to rescheduling
Location Silver Palm Hammock/Fuchs Hammock (Brown Bag Lunch)
8:30am – 4:00pm
  1. Hardwood Forest Ecology (345 min)
  2. 30 min travel time in between sites
  3. Student Interpretive Practice (45 min)
  4. Day Summary, Q&A (30 min)



Day 11 Saturday, July 25, 2020 (In-person) *tentative; subject to rescheduling
Location County Line Scrub/Dolphin Center Scrub Site (Brown Bag Lunch)
8:30am – 4:00pm
  1. Upland Scrub Community Ecology (330 min)
  2. 30 min travel time in between sites
  3. Student Interpretive Practice (30 min)
  4. Day Summary, Q&A (30 min)
  5. Course Evaluations and Graduation (30 min)



Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting or Webinar indicates when you are required to be online (via Zoom or the provided webinar link) 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 application downloaded to their personal computer (https://zoom.us/)
• An internet connection suitable for live streaming (wired or wireless)
• Speakers and a microphone
• Web camera (it is possible to join with audio only, but a web camera is strongly recommended and highly preferred by the instructor)

On Your Own describes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time. The instructor will provide instructions and links to resources via email to registered participants.


*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. Carpooling suggested.  Times do 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.

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