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2018 CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP TRAINING COURSE

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Feb 5, 2018 – 9:00 AM

531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415 Map

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Audubon Everglades is offering a learning opportunity to explore the natural habitats in Palm Beach County. Sixteen expert instructors will engage participants in understanding how five fragile Florida ecosystems sustain plants, birds and wildlife, cope with invasive flora and fauna, manage species of concern and adapt to growth and climate change, along with the function and importance of the Greater Everglades. During this 7-week basic environmental education, field exploration will complement classroom study, an advocacy component and special presentations during a catered lunch. Throughout, stewards will be guided in developing a personal plan of action that will empower them to aid and advocate for their environment.  To bring you this experience, Audubon Everglades is partnering with the PBC UF/IFAS Extension, with support from Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, Loggerhead Marinelife Center and PBC Environmental Resources Management.  If this event is sold out, email stewardship@auduboneverglades.org to be put on a waiting list. Weekly Course Topics and Locations (Mondays, 9am-1pm from February 5 to March 19, 2018): February 5 (Week 1) Ecological Overview of Greater Everglades including Palm Beach County - Location: UF/IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415   February 12 (Week 2) Freshwater Wetlands - Location: Arthur R. Marshal Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Rd, Boynton Beach, FL 33472   February 19 (Week 3) Pine Flatwoods - Location: Pine Jog Environmental Center 6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33415   February 26 (Week 4) Scrub - Location: Yamato Scrub Natural Area 601 Clint Moore Rd, Boca Raton Classroom - Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton 2601 St Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33434   March 5 (Week 5) Beaches and Dunes Classroom - Location: Loggerhead Marinelife Center 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408 - Location: Juno Dunes Natural Area 14501 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408   March 12 (Week 6) Estuaries/Hammocks - Location: John D. MacArthur State Park 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr, North Palm Beach, FL 33408 - Classroom Location: Loggerhead Marinelife Center 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408   March 19 (Week 7) Conservation Advocacy - Location: UF/IFAS Extension at Mounts Botanical Gardens 531 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 To see syllabus, please click go here: http://www.auduboneverglades.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2018-Condensed-Syllabus.pdf Course Cost, Payment and Cancelation Information: Registration fee: $95.00*    Registration fee includes a catered lunch for each session.  *If you are an Audubon Everglades "2018 Chapter Only member” prior to registration and complete the course (which means attending six of seven sessions, including the last session) a $15.00 discount will be refunded after completion of the course. The class will be capped at twenty-eight participants. Scholarship Opportunity We are offering a scholarship for two College Students, who will be able to take this course free of charge. If you are a college student or know one who would be interested, the application is to be completed and submitted by January 9, 2018. Scholarship Application Questions: Email stewardship@auduboneverglades.org or call 561-876-8815