Brevard County

October 2 - November 13, 2021
(In-person)
Registration closes at 10:00am on September 27, 2021
(Course Code: us21-06)

Classroom Facilities Information

Erna Nixon Park
1200 Evans Rd., West Melbourne, FL 32904

Tony Rosa Community Center
1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park (SSRPSP)
1000 Buffer Preserve Dr., Fellsmere, FL 32948

Rodes Park Community Center
3410 Flanagan Ave. W. Melbourne, FL 32904

Turkey Creek Sanctuary
1518 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905

Instructors Information

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

Lead: Cheryl Caldwell, Environmental Program Supervisor, Brevard County
Parks and Recreation - Erna Nixon Park
Assistant: Mark Prynoski, FMNP Advanced Naturalist



Tentative Course Agenda

Day 1 Saturday, October 2, 2021 - Erna Nixon Park
8:00am –10:00am Welcome, Introductions, Icebreaker, Course Overview, Paperwork
10:00am – 11:30am Presentation: Upland Ecology + Discussion
11:30am – 12:00pm Video: Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Rangeland
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:30pm Presentation: Scrub, Dry Prairie, and Range + Discussion
2:30pm - 4:00pm Presentation: Herpetofauna + Discussion
4:00pm - 5:00pm Final project ideas/groups formed


Day 2 Saturday, October 9, 2021 - AM Field Trips and PM Class
  Field Trip Locations: Cruikshank Sanctuary & Hundred Acres Hollow
8:00am – 11:30am In the Field: Scrub Habitat
Student Interpretive Practice during hikes!
11:30am - 12:00pm Travel time
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
  Class Location: Tony Rosa Community Center
1:00pm - 2:30pm Presentation: Pineland Communities + Discussion
2:30pm - 3:00pm Video: Pine Habitats
3:00pm - 4:30pm Presentation: Invertebrates I+ Discussion
4:30pm - 5:00pm Group Project Planning/ Work Time


Day 3 Saturday, October 16, 2021 - Erna Nixon Park (Field Trip & Class)
8:30am – 11:30am In the Field: Pine flatwoods and hardwood hammock
Student Interpretive Practice during hikes!
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm - 2:00pm Presentation: Invertebrates II + Discussion
2:00pm - 3:30pm Presentation: Birds I + Discussion
3:30pm - 5:00pm Student Interpretive Practice + Group Project Planning/ Work Time


Day 4 Saturday, October 23, 2021 - St. Sebastian River Preserve SP
(Field Trip & Class)
8:30am – 11:00am Green Trail: Mesic Flatwoods
Student Interpretive Practice during hikes!
11:00am – 12:00pm Guest Speaker TBA
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 4:00pm Pineland Communities & Video
4:00pm - pm OPTIONAL: Dinner at Marsh Landing Restaurant, Fellsmere


Day 5 Saturday, October 30, 2021 - AM Field Trip and PM Class + Field Trip
  Field Trip Location: Turkey Creek Sanctuary
8:30am – 11:00am In the Field: Hardwood hammock
Student Interpretive Practice during hikes!
11:00am – 11:30am Guest Speaker: TBD
11:30am - 12:00pm Video: Hardwood Forests
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch on your own
  Class Location: Tony Rosa Community Center
1:00pm - 2:30pm Presentation: Hardwood Forests + Discussion
2:30pm - 3:30pm Presentation: Birds II + Discussion
3:30pm - 5:00pm Field Trip Location: Malabar Scrub Sanctuary - BC EELS property,
Scrub and Scrubby Flatwoods


Day 6 Saturday, November 6, 2021 - Rodes Park Community Center
8:30am – 10:00am Presentation: Interpretation + Discussion
10:00am – 11:30am Presentation: Mammals + Discussion
11:30am – 12:00pm Video: Upland Systems & Modern Human Society
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm – 2:30pm Presentation: Ethics + Discussion
2:30pm - 5:00pm Student Interpretive Practice / Group Project work time / Make-up time if needed


Day 7 Saturday, November 13, 2021 - Turkey Creek Sanctuary
8:30am – 3:00pm Group Project Presentations to class and instructors - All participate
  Lunch (sandwiches, chips, and drinks provided by City of Palm Bay; bring a dish or dessert to share if you wish!)
  Evaluations, Post Test, Graduation Ceremony


Course Guidelines

Classroom Presentations: We will be at multiple locations for our classroom presentations, both inside and outside. The inside classrooms could be be very warm or very cool—please dress accordingly. The outside classroom is a roofed pavilion but benches are wood so some might want to bring stadium seats or pillows to sit on. All classrooms both inside and outside are large and will have space to be socially distanced. Although not required, masks will be expected to be worn while inside and during field trips when social distancing is not possible..

Field Trip Locations & Times may change due to unforeseen circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to verify field information. Transportation and lunches are not included. Student Carpooling is Suggested and is up to students to arrange. Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

Course Time Schedule does not include travel time required to drive to meeting locations.

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.

Flexible Schedule – Agenda Details are subject to change:
• The schedule times are listed are as close as possible, but we need you to be flexible.
• We probably not get out early; however, we may run late. We will try to stick to the listed times, but please arrange your schedule so that the class can be flexible.
• Course time schedule does not include your travel time (except between AM & PM classes).

Food & Drinks: Please, absolute not polypropylene (Styrofoam) containers ---violators will have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day. Food and drinks are available in the classroom.

Cell Phones: They are fine to use outside of class. Please don’t allow them to ring during classroom sessions or on field trips. Talk on the gadgets during break time, lunchtime, before and after class. Violators will have to bring snacks to the hungry class the next day.

Field Trips:
Water is Required to be Carried with you – no exceptions.
• Bring water, snacks, field ID books, notepad and pen, binoculars, insect repellent, towels, and a change of clothes (spare shoes/socks/pants/shirt)
• Don’t wear perfume/cologne or use perfumed soap/body locations before going out in the field. This may attract more unwanted buzzing invertebrates known as mosquitoes, midge (no see ‘ems) and flies).
• There are insects (including mosquitoes), spiders, and snakes outdoors. Hopefully, we will see many of these beautiful creatures. Always watch where you are putting your hands and feet. Use your brain before your body.
Required Always Wear Close-toed Shoes. The field trails are not always level or easy to travel; some plants have thorns; there my be poison ivy; fire ants, etc. Open-toed shoes are not acceptable to be worn in the field.
• Be aware that typically you will be experiencing a variety of environments. For your comfort, always bring a spare change of clothes.
• Wear: layered clothes, long sleeves and pants, hiking boots or appropriate footwear for the day’s field trip, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent (especially on feet/legs).
• It might be hot on our field trips---please, dress accordingly.


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