St. Johns County

October 19 - December 15, 2021
(Live ONLINE, On Your Own & In-person field)
Class filled. Contact Instructor for wait list.
(Course Code: us21-05)

Instructor Information

Lead and Point of Contact: Kelly Ussia, Parks Naturalist
Organization: St. Johns County Parks and Recreation
Phone: 904-209-0335
Email: kussia@sjcfl.us
Website: http://sjcfl.us/

Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday October 19, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Welcome to FMNP course & Introductions (30 min)
  • Getting comfortable with Zoom/testing equipment (15 min)
  • What to expect from the course (15 min)
  • Review instructions for “on your own” assignments (15 min)
  • Pre-test (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes (total)
  1. Look through and get familiar with the course manual (30 min)
Day 2 Wednesday October 20, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Ecology Presentation (1 Hour)
  • Questions/Discussion on Individual and Group Projects (30 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
60 minutes (total)
  1. Pine Flatwoods Video (30 min)
  2. Hardwood Forest Video (30 min)
Day 3 Tuesday October 26, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Discussion of Videos (30 min)
  • Pine Flatwoods Presentation (1 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes (total)
  1. Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range Video (30 Min)
Day 4 Wednesday October 27, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Discussion of Video (30 min)
  • Hardwood Forest Presentation (1 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
30 minutes (total)
  1. Firewise Home Assessment (30 Min)
Day 5 Tuesday November 2, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range Presentation (1 Hour)
  • Discussion of difference in habitats (30 Min)
Day 6 Wednesday November 3, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Discuss Homework
  • Herptiles Presentation (1.5 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 hour (total)
  1. Florida Snake ID (30 Min)
  2. Finalize Groups For Final Project (30 Min)
Day 7 Tuesday November 9, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Homework Discussion (30 Min)
  • Inverts 1 Presentation (1 Hour)
Day 8 Wednesday November 10, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Inverts 2 Presentation (1 Hour)
  • Group Project Discussion (30 Min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
2 Hour 30 Min (total)
  1. Finalize Group Topic (30 Min)
  2. Beetles good, bad, and ugly assignment (1 Hour)
  3. Work on group project (30 Min)
  4. Finalize interpretive speaking topic (30 min)
Day 9 Tuesday November 16, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Home Work Discussion (30 Min)
  • Birds 1 Presentation (1 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour 30 Min (total)
  1. Work on interpretive speaking (30 min)
  2. Work on Group Project (1 Hour)
Day 10 Wednesday November 17, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Student Presentation/Group Project Check in (30 Min)
  • Birds 2 Presentation (1 Hour))
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour 30 Min (total)
  • Group Project Outline (1 Hour)
  • E-Bird Activity (30 min)
Day 11 Tuesday November 30, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Project Check in (30 Min)
  • Mammals Presentation (1 Hour)
Day 12 Wednesday December 1, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Interpretation Presentation (1 Hour 14 min)
  • Individual Speaking Topics (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour 30 Min (total)
  1. Upland Systems and a Modern Human Society Video(30 Min)
  2. Interpretive Speaking Outline (1 Hour)
Day 13 Saturday December 4, 2021 (In-person Field Trip)
IN-PERSON Field Trip (Wetland Preserve)
9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Scrub Habitat Restoration
  • Pine Flatwoods
  • Fire
Day 14 Sunday December 5, 2021 (In-person Field Trip)
IN-PERSON Field Trip (GTM Research Reserve)
9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Oak Hammock
Day 15 Tuesday December 7, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Video Discussion- Breakout Groups (30 min)
  • Ethics Presentation (1 Hour)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour (total)
  1. Finalize Interpretive Speaking Presentations (1 Hour)
Day 16 Wednesday December 8, 2021
7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Student Interpretive Speaking Presentations (1 Hour 30 Min)
  • Questions/Concerns about group projects (15 min)
ON YOUR OWN ­ Instructions and online links provided by email
­ Please complete before next live Zoom session
1 Hour (total)
  1. Finalize Group Projects (1 Hour)
Day 17 Tuesday December 14, 2021
7:00pm – 8:45pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Finish any remaining Student Interpretive Speaking Presentations (30 min)
  • Group Projects (1 Hr 15 min)
Day 18 Wednesday December 16, 2021
7:00pm – 8:30pm Live online via Zoom: Meeting link provided by instructor via email
  • Finish any remaining group projects (30 min)
  • Post Test & Evaluations (40 min)
  • Graduation  (20 Min)


Course Guidelines

Live Online Meeting indicates when you are required to be online (Zoom) at the designated time to participate in course presentations, discussions, and activities. Attendance will be taken by the instructor at each session and at times during the session. To participate, you must have:

  • Zoom application downloaded to their personal computer or laptop (https://zoom.us/) Other devices are sub-optimal and may not be acceptable. It is best to use the same device throughout the class.
  • 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). Please position the camera so that your face is visible on the screen. Keep your live video on during the class.
  • A quiet, distraction-free place to participate.

On Your Owndescribes required course activities you are expected to complete on your own prior to the next Live Online Meeting time.

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.

The State and University of Florida have rescinded requirements for vaccinated individuals to wear masks to reduce risks of contracting the COVID-19 virus. These policies pertain to most properties but privately operated businesses may still require masks and FMNP participants are expected to comply with mask requests as needed. For the safety of all, we request FMNP participants be fully vaccinated prior to attending in-person FMNP classes and field trips and that persons either at risk or concerned about contracting COVID-19 attend 100% online courses.

Attendance Policy:

  • You cannot miss more than 8 hours (20% of the 40 contact hours) for a Core Module course. 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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