2014 Florida Master Naturalist Program Conference

March 28-30, 2014
Cape Canaveral, Florida

 

Index

 Purpose   Topics   Benefits   Who Should 
 Attend 
 Agenda-at-a- Glance   Detailed Agenda   Registration   Field Trips 
 Exhibitors  Project & Poster
Display
 Hotel   Room Sharing   Directions   Area 
 Information 
 Organizing 
 Committee 
 More 
 Information 

Post-Conference Information

Program Book
(with Presenter Biographies & Presentation Summaries)
Detailed Agenda
(with Speakers Presentations & Handouts)

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Conference Purpose

The annual Florida Master Naturalist Program Conference is returning in 2014 after a long hiatus following the last conference, held in 2007. All FMNP Graduates (any module), Certified Master Naturalists, Instructors, and Assistant Instructors are welcome to attend and take part in this opportunity to meet program participants and instructors from around the state. The conference will include interesting workshops and field trips, recognition of special achievements, and plenty of opportunities to network with friends both old and new.

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Conference Topics

The conference workshops will cover a variety of topics such as environmental ethics, climate change, interpretation techniques, sea turtles and lighting, and how to create and keep a regional FMNP chapter. A Tentative Program Agenda with topics and speakers can be found in the Agenda section below. Finalized presentation titles will be posted closer to the conference dates.

Call for Bee Photos and Questions

Dr. Mark Deyrup, Senior Research Biologist at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida, is scheduled to present on Florida’s native bees and their natural history during one of the Saturday afternoon hands-on workshops. Dr. Deyrup wants your input! If you have questions about or photos of native bees that you would like addressed in the presentation, please email them to MDeyrup@archbold-station.org with subject line “FMNP Bees.”

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Benefits of Attending

  • Network with FMNP graduates and instructors
  • Increase your knowledge of Florida’s natural environment
  • Share stories of exploration and communication about Florida’s natural areas
  • Meet subject experts

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Who Should Attend

  • FMNP instructors and assistant instructors
  • FMNP graduates (any module)
  • FMNP Certified Master Naturalists

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Agenda-at-a-Glance

     Printable Agenda-at-a-Glance (PDF)

Friday, March 28, 2014

10:00AM – 6:00PM

Check-in & Registration Open

10:00AM – 1:00PM

Exhibitor Set-Up

11:00AM – 1:00PM

FMNP Governing Board Meeting

1:00PM – 1:30PM

Break

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Concurrent Workshops

2:30PM – 3:00PM

Break

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Concurrent Workshops

4:00PM – 6:00PM

Visit Exhibits

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Welcome Dinner

6:45PM – 7:15PM

Welcome Remarks by Dr. Marty Main

Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:30AM – 5:00PM

Check-in & Registration Open

7:30AM – 8:30AM

Breakfast on your Own / Visit Exhibits
Coffee and snacks available in Salon 3
on a first come, first served basis

8:30AM – 9:30AM

Concurrent Workshops

9:30AM – 9:45AM

Break and Move to Next Session

9:45AM – 10:45AM

Concurrent Workshops

10:45AM – 11:00AM

Break and Move to Next Session

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Concurrent Workshops

12:00PM – 1:30PM

Boxed Lunch Provided
Load Buses and Travel to Field Trips

1:30PM – 5:30PM

Optional Field Trips

1:30PM – 2:30PM

Concurrent Hands-on Workshops

2:30PM – 3:00PM

Break

3:00PM – 4:00PM

Concurrent Hands-on Workshops

4:00PM – 11:00PM

Exhibit Removal

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Cocktail Hour

7:00PM – 9:00PM

Dinner & Awards Ceremony

9:00PM – 9:15PM

Closing Remarks by Dr. Marty Main

9:15PM – 10:00PM

Evening Social Time

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Conference Concludes – Guests depart hotel and/or stay over for personal vacation time

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Detailed Program Agenda

With Speaker Presentations & Handouts 

     Click here for a printable PDF of the Detailed Program Agenda.
     This schedule is subject to change.

Friday, March 28, 2014

10:00am-6:00pm

Check-in & Registration Open [Convention Center Foyer]

10:00am-1:00pm

Exhibitor Set-Up [Salon 3]

11:00am-1:00pm

FMNP Governing Board Meeting [Antigua]

1:00pm-1:30pm

Refreshment Break [Salon 3]

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Location

Aruba

Bahamas

Trinidad

Moderator

Brandon Smith

Holly Abeels

Brooke Saari

1:30pm-2:30pm

Marty Main
Instructor Lessons and Q&A Workshop
(Open to instructors only)
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: mmain@ufl.edu]

Richard Turner
Sea Grasses
[Presenter will provide print copy of presentation on request. Email:  rturner@fit.edu]

Jane Goddard
Eco Trek: The Many Personalities of the St. Johns River
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: jmgoddard1314
@yahoo.com
]

2:30pm-3:00pm

Refreshment Break [Salon 3]

Moderator

Brandon Smith

Holly Abeels

Brooke Saari

3:00pm-4:00pm

Mark Krupinski
Social Media Marketing
[Presentation]

Jackie Rolly
Ice Breakers and Hands-on Activities in the FMNP Classroom
[Presentation]

Gary Maddox
Water Quality Trends in Florida’s Springs
[Presentation]

4:00pm-6:00pm

Visit Exhibits [Salon 3]

6:00pm-7:30pm

Welcome Dinner [Salon 2]
6:45pm - Welcome Remarks by Dr. Marty Main

Saturday, March 29, 2014

7:30am-5:00pm

Check-in & Registration Open [Convention Center Foyer]

7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast on your Own / Visit Exhibits
Coffee and Snacks available in Salon 3 on a first come, first served basis

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Location

Aruba

Bahamas

Trinidad

Moderator

Joy Hazell

Holly Abeels

Brooke Saari

8:30am-9:30am

Katrina Morrell
Interpretive Techniques and the Power of Story
[Presentation]
[Handout]

Jeff Beal
Lionfish Invasion along the Indian River Lagoon
[Presentation]

Tonya Long
Sea Turtles and Lighting
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: Tonya.Long
@myfwc.com
]

9:30am-9:45am

Refreshment Break and Move to Next Session
[Refreshments in Salon 3]

Moderator

Joy Hazell

Holly Abeels

Brooke Saari

9:45am-10:45am

Paul Arena
Artificial Reefs
[Presentation]

Robert van Woesik
Corals and Climate Change
[Presentation]

Kathy Hill
Environmental Ethics and Florida SEE
[Presentation]

10:45am-11:00am

Refreshment Break and Move to Next Session
[Refreshments in Salon 3]

Moderator

Joy Hazell

Holly Abeels

Brooke Saari

11:00am-12:00pm

Mark Deyrup
Florida's Native Bees
[Presentation]
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: Mdeyrup@archbold-station.com]

Tonya Clayton
How to Read a Florida Beach
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: tclayton@nasw.org]

Jeanne Murphy
How to Create and Keep a Regional FMNP Chapter
[Presentation]
[Handout]

12:00pm-1:30pm

Boxed Lunch Provided [Salon 3]
Load Buses and Travel to Field Trips

1:30pm-5:30pm

Optional Field Trips

CONCURRENT HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS

Location

Aruba

Bahamas

Moderator

John Nelson

Rosalyn Kilcollins

1:30pm-2:30pm

Mark Deyrup
Bug Walk
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: Mdeyrup@archbold-station.com]

Brian Lane
Identifying Scat, Tracks, and Signs
[Please contact speaker for information.
Email: blane@sensingnature.com]

2:30pm-3:00pm

Refreshment Break [Salon 3]

Moderator

John Nelson

Brandon Smith

3:00pm-4:00pm

Mary White
The Ethics of Nature Photography
[Presentation]

Click here to view FMNP St. Lucie Chapter’s exhibit activity:
[Turtle ID]

Jay Barnhart
Mushrooming: What is that Fungus Among Us?
[Presentation]
[Handout 1]
   |   [Handout 2]

4:00pm-11:00pm

Exhibit Removal

6:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner Banquet [Salon 2]
6:00pm - Cocktail Hour
7:00pm - Dinner and Awards Ceremony
9:00pm - Closing Remarks by Dr. Marty Main
9:15pm - Evening Social Time

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Conference Concludes

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Registration

Conference Registration Fee Schedule

The registration fee allows each participant to receive one copy of the conference program, conference materials, attendance at workshops, attendance at the Welcome and Awards Dinners, and refreshments each day. The One Day fees include the conference program and materials, and attendance at workshops and meal functions on the day selected. A cash bar will be available at Friday’s Welcome Dinner and at Saturday's Banquet and Awards Ceremony. A boxed lunch will be provided on Saturday afternoon for all conference participants. Guest registration fees only include attendance at the evening dinners (Friday and Saturday) and the Saturday boxed lunch. This fee does not include conference participation or materials and is not for use by co-workers. Guests can attend field trips with payment of individual field trip fee.

REGISTRATION FEES

Full Conference Attendee Fee

$225

Online registration closes March 17, 2014

One Day Attendee Fee (Friday 3/28 OR Saturday 3/29)

$125

Includes conference program and materials, and workshops and meal functions on the day selected

Guest Attendee Fee

$100

Includes participation at evening dinners (Friday & Saturday night) and the Saturday boxed lunch

Field Trip Fee Schedule

The field trip registration includes transportation to the site and any admission fees. Both conference participants and guests may attend the field trips. Space is limited for each field trip, so be sure to register early. The deadline to register for a field trip is March 14, 2014.

Already registered for the conference? You can still sign up for a field trip using the Edit Registration option!

OPTIONAL FIELD TRIPS
Click here to print one PDF of all field trip fliers.
Individual fliers may be accessed through the PDF links below.

Barrier Island Sanctuary

$30

Includes a butterfly survey along a 1-mile walking trail, seining, and review of fish traveling through a mosquito impoundment culvert
- Detailed Tour Information (PDF)

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

$30

Includes a guided upland habitat hike and nature center visitation time
- Detailed Tour Information (PDF)

Wildside Tours (dolphin/pontoon boat tour)

$60

Includes a dolphin/pontoon boat tour in the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve of Cocoa Beach
- Detailed Tour Information ( PDF)

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera

$60

Includes a guided wildlife photography hike of the wetlands with discussion of bird species and ethical photography techniques led by teaching photographer Robert Amoruso. Participants may bring personal photography equipment.
- Detailed Tour Information ( PDF)

A Day Away Kayak Tours

$60

Includes a guided kayak tour in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
- This tour is FULL
- Detailed Tour Information ( PDF)

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written or emailed notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before Monday, March 10, 2014. A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all full conference attendee refunds, a $25 processing fee will be deducted from all one day conference attendee refunds, a $15 processing fee will be deducted from all guest refunds, and a $10 processing fee will be deducted from all field trip refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after Monday, March 10, 2014. To cancel your registration, email Kim Brand (kimmer72@ufl.edu).

Special Needs: Participants with special needs such as visual, hearing, or walking impairments can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at (352) 392-5930, by fax at (352) 392-9734, or by email at j.garcia@ufl.edu. If calling from within the State of Florida, the TDD office can be reached at 1-800-955-8771. Thank you for your interest in the 2014 FMNP Conference. Advance registration has closed. However, we will be happy to register you on-site at the conference if you wish to attend. Registration will open March 28, 2014 at 10:00am.

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 FMNP Conference. Advance registration has closed. However, we will be happy to register you on-site at the conference if you wish to attend. Registration will open March 28, 2014 at 10:00am.

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Exhibitor Information

The FMNP Mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida's natural world among Florida's citizens and visitors. Exhibitor space is being offered at the 2014 FMNP Conference to promote the FMNP Mission and increase networking opportunities among the statewide FMNP community. Therefore, exhibit organizations must have a “green,” environmentally-sound basis including but not limited to environmental education, ethical ecotourism, sustainable products, and pro-active resource conservation or management.

If you are interested in becoming an Exhibitor, you may apply to receive table-top display space (6' x 2' table) to present and showcase your organization’s literature, products, and services for a fee. All displays will be located in a public area where attendees gather. The exhibitor fee will be $25 for non-profit organizations and $50 for all other organizations.

Complete the brief online application, and you will be notified if your organization has been selected to exhibit by Friday, March 14, 2014. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee exhibitor space at the conference. Exhibitor applications are due Friday, March 7, 2014, so do not delay!

Exhibitor Information to Note:

  • SET-UP: Friday, March 28 -- 10:00am–1:00pm
  • REMOVAL: Saturday, March 29 -- 4:00pm–11:00pm
  • One paid conference registration will be required for each exhibiting organization representative who wishes to participate in conference meal functions and receive conference materials.
  • Exhibits can either be attended or unattended.
  • Any exhibit items are the sole responsibility of the exhibitor.
  • Give-aways must be environmentally sound. For example, no plastic carrying bags without recycled content.
  • Exhibits must be set up by 1:00pm Friday, March 28 and must not be removed earlier than 4:00pm Saturday, March 29.
  • All exhibits and related items (trash, empty boxes, extra handouts, etc.) must be removed by 11:00pm Saturday, March 29.
  • Any exhibit areas not set up by 1:00 pm Friday may be given to another organization without reimbursement.

Refund Policy: Requests for exhibitor fee refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before Monday, March 10, 2014. A $10 processing fee will be deducted from all exhibitor fee refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after Monday, March 10, 2014.

The online exhibitor application has closed. If you are interested in displaying your organization’s information, there will be one 6 foot  table in the conference exhibitor room for networking materials. Only one item will be allowed per entity.

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Project and Poster Display Opportunity

There will be space available in the conference exhibitor room to showcase FMNP final projects and informational posters. Please note: This space will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Should you choose to display, you will need to supply your own display materials as needed, such as poster boards or easels. Please notify Jasmine Garcia at j.garcia@ufl.edu immediately if you plan to display a project or poster, or if you have any questions.

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Location & Hotel Accommodations

Radisson Entrance

Radisson Resort at the Port
8701 Astronaut Blvd
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: (321) 784-0000

Special Group Rate Information
The Radisson Resort at the Port is pleased to offer a very special discounted rate of $139 per night plus applicable taxes (currently 11%) for single, double, triple, or quad occupancy in standard rooms. This rate is net non-commissionable.

To make a reservation into the FMNP Program Conference block and to receive the discounted group rate please follow the instructions directly below:

Reservation Procedures:
Online Reservations:

  • 1. Online: www.radisson.com/capecanaveralfl
  • 2. Enter Dates
  • 3. Click "more search options"
  • 4. Under Promotional Code enter the group code: FMNP
  • 5. Follow through with the reservation

Call-in Reservations:
Call 1-800-333-3333 and mention group name: 2014 FMNP Program Conference. Individuals may also call (321) 784-0000 to make reservations. They must identify themselves as part of the 2014 FMNP Program Conference group block.

Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card. Credit Card will be used as a hold only and not charged. Reservations may be cancelled 72 hours prior to check in without penalty. Within the 72 hour period, one night will be charged.  At least one person in each guest room must be 21 years old.

Cut-Off Date:
To assure accommodation availability, reservations must be made by March 6, 2014 (before 11:00PM EST). Rooms not secured by the cut-off date will be on a space available basis. Any reservations made after the cut-off date must be made by calling the hotel directly at (321) 784-0000.

Check In/Check Out Time:
Our guest check in time is after 3:00PM and check out is prior to 12:00PM. Complimentary luggage storage is available to guest who arrive early or must remain past check out time.

Parking:
Onsite parking is complimentary to all hotel guests.

Green InitiativeNote:
The Radisson Resort at the Port is a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program. For information about Florida’s Green Travel Policies, click here.

Radisson Resort at the Port
Green Initiatives (PDF)

HOTEL ROOM SHARING INFORMATION

This service is to assist individuals in locating others interested in sharing accommodations for the conference. It is the individual's responsibility to make contact with other interested parties. Once a roommate has been located, you may request removal of your email contact.

CLICK HERE to view those wishing to share a hotel room.

Click here to submit your information for posting on the hotel room sharing web page (email submissions will be posted within 3 working days).

  • This service will require that your name, gender, email address, affiliation, and Florida county be posted on a web page accessible by the public.
  • After locating a roommate, be sure to reserve your hotel room specifying two double beds as soon as possible. Double bed rooms tend to fill first and may not be available if you wait.

Click here to have your contact information removed from the list of those wishing to share a hotel room.

If you are sharing a guest room with another participant, be sure to communicate the following information when making your hotel reservation.

  • The full names of all sharing the guest room. If a person is not listed on the room, they will not be allowed to check into the guest room upon arrival.
  • A primary method of payment to reserve a guest room. If guest room charges and incidentals will be paid by more than one person, then the full information and payment arrangements need to be included in the communication. This information will be re-iterated at hotel check-in.

Questions about hotel room sharing? Contact Jasmine Garcia at j.garcia@ufl.edu or 352-392-5930

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Driving Directions

From Orlando (approx. 1 hour): Take SR-528 Toll East (Cocoa/Kennedy Space Center) East to Port Canaveral. SR-528 becomes A1A/Astronaut Blvd. Continue south on A1A. The hotel is located at the intersection of A1A and Central Blvd W, on the left side.

From Jacksonville (approx. 2.5 hours): Take I-95 South to Exit 205 (SR-528 East towards Cape-Port-A.F.S./Canaveral). At Port Canaveral, SR-528 becomes A1A/Astronaut Blvd. The hotel is located at the intersection of A1A and Central Blvd W, on the left side.

From Miami (approx. 3.5 hours): Take I-95 North to Exit 202 (SR-524). Take SR-524 East to SR-528 East towards Cape-Port-A.F.S./Canaveral (approximately 15 miles). Continue south on A1A/Astronaut Blvd. The hotel is located at the intersection of A1A and Central Blvd W, on the left side.

Mileage Chart - Click here for a chart that lists the mileage/distance from city to city in Florida.

Google Maps

Click here to find driving directions to Cape Canaveral, Florida from any address/destination in the USA by simply clicking “Get directions” and typing in the starting and ending addresses.

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Area Information

Cocoa Beach Logo

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Conference Organizing Committee

Holly Abeels, Conference Field Trip Chair
UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent

Jasmine Garcia, Conference Coordinator
UF/IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes

Joy Hazell
UF/IFAS Lee County Extension
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent

Brian Lane, Conference Exhibitor Co-Chair
Sensing Nature, LLC

Marty Main
UF/IFAS Extension
UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant

Jeanne Murphy, Conference Exhibitor
Co-Chair

Sensing Nature, LLC

Brooke Saari
UF/IFAS Okaloosa & Walton County Extension
Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent

Brandon Smith, Conference Program Chair
Riverwalk Nature Center
Brevard County Parks & Recreation

Mary White
FMNP St. Lucie County Chapter President

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For More Information

Jasmine Garcia, Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930 Fax: 352-392-9734
Email: j.garcia@ufl.edu
Website: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu

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