Brevard County

October 14 - November 20, 2020 (100% online)
Registration closes at 10:00am on October 12, 2020
(Course Code: us20-10)

Instructors Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Tracey Wright, Park Ranger/Naturalist, City of Palm Bay
Organization: Brevard County Parks & Recreation/South Area
Phone: 321-676-6690
Email: tracey.wright@pbfl.org
Website: palmbayflorida.org

Lead: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor, Brevard Co. Parks & Recreation
Assistant: Mark Prynoski, FMNP Advanced Naturalist, UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County


Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Wednesday October 14, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 7:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Welcome to FMNP course, Introductions, Icebreaker (60 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing technology (30 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
  • Present instructions for interpretive talks and final projects (20 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email.
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
60 minutes
  1. Course pre-test (20 min; complete online and submit by Friday October 16th at 9:00am)
  2. Identify Upland habitats in your home area (Pinelands, Scrub, Prairie, Hardwood Forests).
    Resources for identifying suitable areas can be found on Brevard County Parks & Recreation and Environmentally Endangered Lands websites, Florida State Parks (Floridastateparks.org) and Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI.org) (40 min)


Day 2 Friday October 16, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Questions/Discussion about assignments or area habitats (30 min)
  • Ecology presentation (60 min)
  • Pineland Communities presentation (60 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignment (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email.
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
45 minutes Watch FMNP video #1: “Pine Habitats” and note 2 new things you learned for discussion next Wednesday (45 min)


Day 3 Wednesday October 21, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussion/ Questions about Pinelands video-OYO assignment (30 min)
  • Interpretation presentation and discussion (60 min)
  • Guest Speaker & discussion (60 min)
  • Student 5-minute Interpretive talks (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email.
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session or posted deadline.
20-30 minutes Write a paragraph to share with class highlighting one new fact you learned about topic that guest speaker highlighted. Please complete before next live meeting on Friday October 23rd


Day 4 Friday October 23, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussion OYO assignment from Wednesday’s guest speaker (30 min)
  • Upland Herpetofauna presentation (60 min)
  • Hardwood Forests presentation (60 min)
  • Student 5-minute Interpretive talks (20 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email.
­ Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday October 28th.
45 minutes Watch FMNP video #2: Hardwood Forests and answer this question
“I used to think ____, now I know ____” (45 min)
SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY ­ Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email.
­ Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday October 28th.
120 minutes Self-guided Field Trip #1: Pine Habitats


Day 5 Wednesday October 28, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussion OYO assignment from Hardwood Forests video (30min)
  • Discussion/ Questions from OYO Self-guided field trip #1 (120 min)
  • Student 5-minute Interpretive talks (20 min)
  • Discuss/ Follow up on final projects - Do you have a plan? (10 min)



Day 6 Friday October 30, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Invertebrates 1 presentation (60 min)
  • Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangelands presentation (60 min)
  • Student 5-minute Interpretive talks (30 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday November 4th
60 minutes
  1. Watch FMNP video #3: Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangelands
  2. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AofFcgNO3F4
    Good example of FMNP Final project (2013 - Joanne Ryan)
  3. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D0RZ3m3ADg
    FMNP video of Upland habitat by TJ Wilkerson
SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY ­ Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email.
­ Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday November 4th.
120 minutes Self-guided Field Trip #2: Hardwood Forest


Day 7 Wednesday November 4, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussions about videos OYO assignments (30 min)
  • Discussion/ Questions from OYO self-guided field trip #2 (90 min)
  • Invertebrates 2 presentation (60 min)


Day 8 Friday November 6, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Upland Birds 1 presentation (60 min)
  • Guest Speaker-TBD (60 min)
  • Student 5-minute Interpretive talks (20 min)
  • Present instructions for “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email
­Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday November 13th
45 minutes
  1. Watch FMNP video #4: Upland Systems in the Modern Human Society
  2. Read https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw132 “Effects of Fire on Florida’s Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat” by our own Martin B. Main & George W. Tanner
SELF-GUIDED FIELD ACTIVITY ­ Instructions and online links provided by instructor via email.
­ Please complete before next live meeting Wednesday November 13th.
120 minutes Self-guided Field trip #3: Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range

**NO CLASS Wednesday November 11th (Veteran’s Day) **


Day 9 Friday November 13, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 12:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Discussion about video #4 and article on Fire OYO assignments (30 min)
  • Discussions/Questions from OYO self-guided field trip #3 (90 min)
  • Upland Birds 2 presentation (60 min)


Day 10 Wednesday November 18, 2020 (Online)
5:30pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom
  • Mammals presentation (60 min)
  • Ethics presentation and discussion (90 min)


Day 11 Friday November 20, 2020 (Online)
9:00am – 1:00pm Live online via Zoom
  • Final Project Presentations to entire class by the entire class!
  • Present instructions for 3 final “on-your-own” assignments (10 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete online and submit no later than Monday November 23rd by 9:00am
60 minutes
  • Post Test (correct answers will be sent after receipt of post test!)
  • Evaluation of online course format and FMNP course evaluation



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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