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Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Module
4/12/2013 - 5/3/2013
Location: Calusa Heritage Trail

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this 7-day module will provide instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida, specifically Coastal Upland, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine environments. Further, the class will address naturalist interpretation skills, environmental ethics, and the role of humankind in shaping our past and determining our future.
Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations. Field learning will include a wading trip in the Pine Island Sound estuary, a salt marsh meander at the Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, a visit with a local commercial fishing operation, and seashore explorations at Ft. Myers Beach and Lover’s Key State Park.

All classes take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. except last class, May 3 which will be help 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The site is remote, bring lunch each day. Every class will have a field component so bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and drinks. The classroom is rustic, pleasant and without air conditioning.

Friday, April 12 Estuaries and Ecology with Estuary Wading Trip, Estuarine Systems Classroom Presentations, bring clothes to wade with shoes to get wet, lunch and dry clothes

Wednesday, April 17 Invertebrates, Coastal Fish and Coastal Water Birds with classroom and on-site hands-on and field activities

Friday, April 19 Nearshore environments classroom presentations and Salt Marsh Meander at Little Pine Island

Wednesday, April 24 Marine and Dune Systems - off site field trip all day

Friday, April 26 Interpretation and Ethics, Coastal Mammals

Wednesday, May 1 Coastal Uplands and Commercial Concerns - visit to Commercial Fishery Operation

Friday, May 3 Final Project Presentations


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