PLANT CAMP 2015 Agenda

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For emergencies contact
Katie Walters (coordinator)
Phone: 352.260.2075
Email: caip-education@ufl.edu

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DATES:
June 15–19, 2015 (Note: Participants arrive on Monday afternoon, June 15)

PURPOSE:
(1) To provide teachers with expanded content knowledge and laboratory/field experience in the area of aquatic and upland plant biology and ecology, with special emphasis on invasive plants. Participants will learn about and experience first–hand, the impacts invasive plants are having on Florida’s ecology and economy. (2) To inspire teachers to share their knowledge with students and colleagues. (3) Participants will learn new investigative techniques and instructional methods for teaching about aquatic and upland plants. Professional development points provided upon completion.

LODGING:
The Lodge at Gainesville | 352-375-2400 | 3726 SW 40th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32608
Arrive by 3 pm; Session starts at 3:30 pm – Two teachers per room

IMPORTANT:
We have a busy schedule. Please be on time. Daily starting times vary; refer to agenda every day. Snacks, water and Gatorade™ will be provided. (If you need specific snacks or drinks, please bring them.)

Please plan to attend the entire workshop (and arrive on time on the first day). We can only provide professional development points (PDP) and materials to participants who are here the entire time. If you need to cancel, for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible.

A few more details:

Hotel accommodations are reserved and the cost is covered for June 15–19; checkout is on the 19th. You will be responsible for any incidental charges (room service, movies, etc.).

Meals: Dinner on your own Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (June 16, 17 and 18). All other meals are provided, thanks to our sponsors.

Transportation to field–trip locations is provided. You are responsible for transportation to and from Gainesville. Contact information will be provided before the workshop, should you want to carpool.

What to bring: Check each day of agenda for suggestions on what to wear. Other recommended items to bring include: hat/sunscreen, backpack for field trips, camera, binoculars, light rain gear, and lots of energy! Please bring any Professional Development Points paperwork as needed.

Thank you for taking the time to spend the week with us! We look forward to working with you.
If you post about this workshop on social media, please use #UFplantcamp

Pre-PLANT CAMP Homework (1 PDP)

Full assignment description will be sent via email.

  • Familiarize yourself with plant identification resources
  • Learn to use EDDMapS, and create an account

Any questions, contact us at caip-education@ufl.edu

 

June 15 (Monday)
Welcome Session – Why are we here? (4 PDPs)

Location: The Lodge at Gainesville | 3726 SW 40th Blvd | Gainesville FL 32608 | 352.335.2321
What to wear: Casual (we will be in air conditioned meeting room and also outside for a brief time)

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Participants arrive and check-in (look for PLANT CAMP table in hotel lobby)
3:30 pm Session begins! Please be on time
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Pre–test and pre–workshop survey
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Lakeville Ice Breaker Activity – Lynda Dillon (UF/IFAS CAIP)
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Welcome/Introduction:
•Introduction to the Invasive Plant Education Initiative – Katie Walters (UF/IFAS CAIP)
•Introduction to the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants – Karen Brown (UF/IFAS CAIP)
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm The Challenge: Controlling Invasive Plants While Taking Care of Native Plants – John Kunzer (FWC)
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm Refreshment Break
6:00 pm - 6:35 pm Silent Invaders presentation with guiding questions and standards – Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP)
6:35 pm - 6:50 pm Break (if needed)
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Review agenda, materials and discuss assignments and schedule – Katie Walters (UF/IFAS CAIP)
•Homework
•Teacher Resource Notebooks
•Daily Notebooks
•Evaluations
•Questions?
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Evening social refreshments and dinner (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors)
NOTE: Please sign thank you card for today’s sponsors
Homework (.5 PDP): Review background materials for tomorrow’s presentations, available in your Daily Notebook

 

June 16 (Tuesday)
Upland Plant Field Trip and Investigations (7.5 PDPs)

Location: Chinese Tallow Site | 6421 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32667
Audubon Site | SW 2nd Court
Kanapaha Gardens | 4700 SW 58th Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608
What to wear: In the morning ~ We will be in wooded areas with possible exploration of marshy/swampy terrain so lightweight outdoor clothing is ideal, closed–toe shoes and a hat are also recommended.
Afternoon ~ Mostly in air–conditioned classroom with some visits to the outdoors.

6:30 am - 7:45 am Complimentary continental breakfast buffet
7:45 am - 7:55 am Meet at front entrance of The Lodge. Board A Candies Coachworks Bus
8:00 am - 8:30 am FIELD TRIP: bus leaves at 8:00 am sharp. Arrive at Paynes Prairie and divide into teams
8:30 am - 9:15 am Location 1: Chinese tallow and Japanese climbing fern infestations at Paynes Prairie site

TEAM A: Controlling Upland Invasive Plants – Martin Jacob (FL DEP), Alex Hedegard and Max Fanelli (Florida Conservation Corps)

TEAM B: Seek and Destroy Lab Activity – Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy), Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP), Stephanie Reece and Charles Buchan (Florida Conservation Corps)
9:15 am - 9:30 am Meet by cottage for bathroom break
9:30 am - 10:15 am Teams A & B switch activities (45 minutes)
10:15 am - 10:30 am Restroom break and travel to location #2
10:30 am - 11:30 am Location 2: Tuberous sword fern + air potato exploration – Mike Meisenburg (Kestrel Ecological Services) followed by participation in manual plant removal – Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy) and Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP) with assistance from Alex Hedegard and Max Fanelli (Florida Conservation Corps)
11:30 am - 11:45 am Board bus to afternoon location – Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors) and self–led tour of garden
NOTE: Please sign thank you card for today’s sponsors
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Part 1: Plant Morphology Lab Activity – David Hall (Environmental Consultant)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm 10 minute coffee break
1:40 pm - 2:15 pm Part 2: Plant Morphology Lab Activity – David Hall (Environmental Consultant)
2:15 pm - 2:40 pm Invasives Masquerading as Natives – John Kunzer (FWC)
2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Quick Break!
2:50 pm - 4:25 pm Botanical Illustration Demonstration and Activity – Mindy Lighthipe (Botanical Illustrator)
4:25 pm - 5:00 pm Wrap up and return to The Lodge
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Evening social & teacher kit review
Dinner on your own, at your leisure
Homework (.5 PDP): Review background materials for tomorrow’s presentations, available in your Daily Notebook.

 

June 17 (Wednesday)
Why We Need to Manage Invasive Plants (8 PDPs)

Location: UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants | 7922 NW 71st Street | Gainesville, FL 32653
What to wear: Morning ~ We will be in the field with lots of sun and very little shade. Potential soggy soils and tall grass. Skin protection (long-sleeve shirt or sunscreen) recommended. A hat and old shoes that can get damp/wet are a good idea. Wear open-toed shoes at your own risk, we have plenty of snakes in the area. Afternoon ~ Mostly in air-conditioned classroom, a sweater or light jacket is sometimes needed.

6:30 am - 7:30 am Complimentary continental breakfast buffet
7:30 am - 7:45 am Meet at front entrance of The Lodge. Board A Candies Coachworks Bus
7:45 am - 8:15 am Bus ride to UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) facility
8:15 am - 8:30 am CAIP facility orientation
8:30 am - 9:45 am TEAM A Aquatic Plant Identification – David Hall (Environmental Consultant)Plant collection assistance – Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP) and Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Ag)

TEAM B Hands-on Pond Ecology Explorations – Sharon Fitz-Coy (UF/IFAS Fisheries) with assistance from Tracy Jenner (Teacher, Yankeetown School)
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am 11:15 am Team A & Team B switch activities (1 hr 15 min)
11:15 am 11:30 am Water break; clean up and walk to USGS auditorium
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Why Manage Invasive Plants? presentation with guiding questions and standards – Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch at USGS facility (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors) Photo History of Aquatic Plant Management in Florida – John Kunzer (FWC)
NOTE: Please sign thank you card for today’s sponsors
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Air Potato Leaf Beetle Lab Activity – Bill Overholt (UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center) and Eric Rohrig (FDACS/DPI)
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Coffee break
2:15 pm - 2:35 pm Overview of Lake Toho and Windows of Opportunity – John Kunzer (FWC)
2:35 pm - 3:00 pm History of Plant Management, Herbicides, and Other Anecdotes – Bill Haller (UF/IFAS CAIP)
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Guest speaker (TBA)
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Bus to UF/IFAS CAIP Greenhouses
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Plant ID Challenge! (Divide into 6 teams of 4) – Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP) and Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy)
4:15 pm - 5:25 pm Tour of Research Greenhouses and Hands-on Aquatic Plant Re-Vegetation Activities – Lyn Gettys (UF/IFAS FLREC), Bill Haller and Stephen Enloe (UF/IFAS CAIP)
5:25 pm - 5:45 pm Prizes and wrap-up on the bus, return to The Lodge
5:45 pm - 7:30 pm Evening social and curricula stations
Dinner on your own, at your leisure
Homework (.5 PDP): Review background materials for tomorrow’s field trip, available in your Daily Notebook

 

June 18 (Thursday)
Aquatic Plant Field Trip and Investigations (6 PDPs)

Location: Lake Toho
Osceola County Extension Office | 921 Kissimmee Valley Lane | Kissimmee, FL 34744
What to wear: Morning ~ Bring a sweater or light jacket for the bus trip. For the airboat, lightweight outdoor wear is recommended along with skin protection. A hat and shoes that can get wet are a good idea. Afternoon ~ Mostly in airconditioned classroom; a sweater or light jacket is sometimes needed.

6:30 am - 6:50 am Complimentary continental breakfast buffet
6:50 am - 7:00 am Load 'em up! Board A Candies Coachworks Bus. **Bus leaves at 7:00 am sharp!**
7:00 am - 9:00 am Travel to Lake Toho (Kissimmee FWC Office) - Freshwater Plant Recognition Card Activity – Charlie Bogatescu (UF/IFAS CAIP)
8:30 am - 8:45 am Overview of Lake Toho Field Trip – John Kunzer (FWC)
9:00 am - 9:15 am Restroom break, board airboats, orientation – distribute life jackets and ear protection
9:15 am - 11:45 am Head out! Habitat Management Tour, field trip on Lake Toho
Ed Harris & Tim Coughlin (FWC) & Mike Netherland (USACE)
*See Lake Toho booklet for lake tour schedule*
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Back on the bus - Travel to Osceola County Extension Office
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors)
NOTE: Please sign thank you card for today’s sponsors
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm A Fish Tale presentation with guiding questions and standards – Gary Kreitzer (UF IFAS CAIP)
Invasive Plant Public Service Announcements – Charlie Bogatescu (UF/IFAS CAIP)
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Hydrilla Game: Tracking the Journey of an Incredibly Invasive Plant
1:45 pm - 3:45 pm Invasive plant video challenge – Phil Chiocchio (Videographer/Instructor) with assistance from Charlie Bogatescu and Gary Kreitzer (UF/IFAS CAIP)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Clean up and back on the bus
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Travel to Gainesville
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Evening social
Dinner on your own, at your leisure.
*Optional PLANT CAMP tradition: Group trip to Satchel’s Pizza at 7:30pm*
Homework: Finish evaluations + please remember to wear your PLANT CAMP shirt tomorrow for group photo!

 

June 19 (Friday)
Wrap-up and Invasive Plant Film Festival (4 PDPs)

Location: The Lodge at Gainesville | 3726 SW 40th Blvd | Gainesville, FL 32608
What to wear: Your PLANT CAMP 2015 T-shirt!

6:30 am - 7:30 am Complimentary continental breakfast buffet
7:30 am - 8:15 am Hotel checkout (IMPORTANT: Please follow schedule so we can concentrate on the program)
8:15 am - 8:30 am Morning announcements
8:30 am - 10:30 am Participation & review of Lakeville ~ A Natural Resource Management Activity, Session 3 - Gary Kreitzer and Katie Walters (UF/IFAS CAIP)
10:30 am - 11:00 am PLANT CAMP Post-test and post-workshop survey
11:00 am - 11:10 am Quick break!
11:10 am - 11:40 am Round-robin discussion – How will you use this information?
11:40 am - 12:20 pm INVASIVE PLANT FILM FESTIVAL
12:20 am - 12:35 pm Completion and collection of evaluations
12:35 pm - 1:00 pm Graduation Ceremony: Diplomas and photos (including group photo with PLANT CAMP shirts!)
Attention!

Attention: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens has graciously offered free admission to all PLANT CAMP participants on Friday afternoon – just show your diploma! (4700 S.W. 58th Drive Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 372-4981)