PLANT CAMP 2014 Agenda

2014 Main Page

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

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DATES:
June 16–20, 2014 (Note: Participants arrive on Monday afternoon, June 16)

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 economy and ecology. (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
2 teachers per room
Arrive by 3 pm; Session starts at 3:30 pm

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.

Participants will be asked to complete 3 hours of homework during the week, reviewing, discussing, and evaluating materials and activities.

A few more details:

Hotel accommodations are reserved and the cost is covered for June 16–20; checkout is on the 20th. You will be responsible for any incidental charges (room service, movies, etc.).

Meals: Dinner on your own Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (June 17, 18 and 19). 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.

ATTENTION! We recommend a lightweight long–sleeve shirt and long slacks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to protect from bugs, poison ivy, and critters we may encounter in the field (afternoons spent in air conditioning).

Other recommended items:

  • Hat / sunscreen
  • Backpack for field trips
  • Camera / binoculars
  • Handkerchief for wiping your brow!
  • Professional development point paperwork (if needed by district)
  • Insect repellent
  • Long-sleeve shirt for field trips
  • Loose-fitting comfortable pants for field trips
  • Socks / old shoes for field trips
  • Swimsuit for the hotel pool
  • Lots of energy!
  • Light rain gear

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 16 (Monday)
Welcome Session – Why are we here? (4.5 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 PLANT CAMP 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 – Jeff Schardt (FWC)
5:45 pm - 6:00 pm Refreshment Break
6:00 pm - 6:35 pm Silent Invaders Presentation with guiding questions and standards – Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP)
6:35 pm - 6:50 pm Break (if needed)
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Review agenda, materials and discuss assignments, schedule, etc. – Katie Walters (UF/IFAS CAIP)
•Homework
•Daily Notebooks
•Evaluations
•Questions?
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm Evening social: refreshments and dinner (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors)
Homework (.5 PDP): Review background materials for tomorrow’s presentations, available in your Daily Notebook.
NOTE TO TEACHERS: Please sign thank you card for today’s sponsors.

 

June 17 (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: TEAM A (45 min) Controlling Upland Invasive Plants – Andi Christman (FL DEP) with assistance from Gary Kreitzer and Alex Ulloa (AmeriCorps Volunteers)
TEAM B: (45 min) Seek & Destroy Lab Activity – Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP), Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy), Bethany Peters and David Newton (Florida Conservation Corps)
9:15 am - 9:30 am Meet by cottage - bathroom break
9:30 am - 10:15 am Teams A & B switch activities (45 minutes)
10:15 am - 10:30 am Restroom break and then travel to Location 2
10:30 am - 11:30 pm Location 2: Location 2: Tuberous sword fern & air potato Exploration – Mike Meisenburg (Kestrel Ecological Services) Demonstration and Participation in Manual Plant Removal – Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy), Gary Kreitzer and Alex Ulloa (AmeriCorps Volunteers)
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
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Part 1: Plant Identification / Morphometry Lab – David Hall (Environmental Consultant)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pm 10 MINUTE coffee / stretch break
1:40 pm - 2:15 pm Part 2: Plant Identification 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 18 (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 field all morning, with lots of sun and very little shade. Potential soggy soils and tall grass. Lightweight slacks (shorts or capris) are recommended along with skin protection (long–sleeve shirt or sunscreen). A hat and old shoes that can get wet or damp are a good idea. For those who like to wear sandals, do so 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 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 (1 hr 15 min) Aquatic plant identification – David Hall (Environmental Consultant) Plant collection assistance: Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP) and Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy)
TEAM B (1 hr 15 min) Hands–on pond ecology explorations – Sharon Fitz–Coy (UF/IFAS Fisheries)
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
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch at USGS Facility (courtesy of PLANT CAMP sponsors) Photo history of aquatic plant management in Florida – Jeff Schardt (FWC)
1:00 pm - 1:25 pm Overview of Lake Toho and "Windows of Opportunity" – Jeff Schardt (FWC)
1:25 pm - 2:10 pm History of plant management, herbicides, and other anecdotes – Bill Haller (UF/IFAS CAIP)
2:10 pm - 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm - 3:20 pm Air potato leaf beetle lab activity – Bill Overholt (UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center) and Eric Rohrig (FDACS/DPI)
3:20 pm - 3:30 pm Bus to UF/IFAS CAIP green houses
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Plant ID Challenge (divide into six teams of four) - Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP) and Heather VanHeuveln (UF-Agronomy)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tour of research green houses and hands–on aquatic plant re-vegetation activity - Lyn Gettys (UF/IFAS FLREC) and Bill Haller (UF/IFAS CAIP)
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm Prizes and wrap up on the bus
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm Return to The Lodge
5:45 pm - 7:30 pm Evening social and curricula stations
Dinner on your own, at your leisure

 

June 19 (Thursday)
Aquatic Plant Field Trip and Investigations (7 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 airboat: Lightweight outdoor wear is recommended (slacks, shorts or Capri pants) along with skin protection. A hat and old shoes that can get wet are a good idea. Afternoon ~ Mostly in air–conditioned classroom; a sweater or light jacket is sometimes needed. Also recommended for airboat – a small hand towel.

6:30 am - 6:50 am Complimentary continental breakfast buffet
6:50 am - 7:00 am Load 'em up! A Candies Coachworks Bus. **Bus leaves at 7:00 am sharp!**
7:00 am - 9:15 am Travel to Lake Toho (Kissimmee FWC Office) - Freshwater Plant Recognition Card Activity – Charlie Bogatescu (UF/IFAS CAIP)
8:45 am - 9:00 am Overview of Lake Toho field trip – Jeff Schardt (FWC)
9:15 am - 9:30 am Restroom break; board airboats; orientation – distribute life jackets and ear protection
9:30 am - 11:30 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***
Demonstration by Tom McNabb (Clean Lakes, Inc.)
11:30 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)
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm A Fish Tale presentation with guiding questions and standards – Lauren Natwick (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 – Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP)
1:45 pm - 3:45 pm Invasive plant video challenge – Phil Chiocchio (Videographer/Instructor) with assistance by Charlie Bogatescu and Lauren Natwick (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
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Evening social (followed by dinner on your own, at your leisure)
7:30 pm ** Optional PLANT CAMP tradition: Group trip to Satchels Pizza
Homework: Finish evaluations
Reminder: Wear PLANT CAMP shirts to Friday morning session for group photo!

 

June 20 (Friday)
Wrap Up and Invasive Plant Film Festival (4 PDPs)

Location: The Lodge at Gainesville | 3726 SW 40th Blvd | Gainesville, FL 32608

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 - 10:00 am Participation & review of Lakeville ~ A Natural Resource Management Activity, Session 3 - Lauren Natwick (UF/IFAS CAIP)
10:00 am - 10:30 am PLANT CAMP post–test (30 minutes total: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for survey questions)
10:30 am - 10:40 am Quick break!
10:40 am - 11:15 am Wrap up discussion and materials review: How will you use this information?
11:15 am - 11:45 am INVASIVE PLANT FILM FESTIVAL
11:45 am - 12:00 pm Completion and collection of evaluations
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Graduation ceremony. Diplomas and photos (including group photo with PLANT CAMP shirts)
Note: PDP certificates will be mailed to participants after PLANT CAMP.
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]