5 hours of Professional Development (In application process)
3hours Face to Face, 2 post assignment
Facilitated by Sarah Martin or
George Gann, Institute of Regional Conservation
Professor Carlos Gonzalez, MDC, English
Why is Pine Rockland rare
and worth restoring? The answer lies in its resilient bed of limestone,
a porous stone with no barriers to saltwater intrusion where beautiful
but dwindling species thrive, from the hairstreak butterfly and Florida
lantana to the bonneted bat. Pine Rockland occur only in South Florida,
the Florida Keys and some islands of the Bahamas. Officially designated
as globally imperiled, Pine Rockland once covered 185,000 acres of
Miami-Dade County; today only 2 percent remains in the county outside of
Everglades National Park.
At MDC’s 185-acre Kendall
Campus, the 9-acre Environmental Center has 2 acres of rare Pine
What role does restoring
this small bit of land play in building a resilient, regenerative and
prosperous Miami-Dade County today? And how does the process of saving
Pine Rockland transform the hearts and minds of those who undertake this
mission? Explore components of a healthy Pine Rockland, efforts to
revitalize this habitat on Kendall Campus and the impact this vital work
has on students engaged in the process. Participants will identify ways
to contribute to this project, and in the process help to create a new
story for the region and themselves.
-Describe the pine rockland
ecosystem and list defining components of this habitat.
-Explain the history of the
pine rockland and conservation efforts in Miami-Dade County
-Identify local efforts of pine
rockland conservation, restoration and maintenance and opportunities for
-Develop a course module or
lesson plan incorporating key concepts of sustainability and/or pine
rockland restoration as a lens to teach course objectives.
will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a
discipline specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates key
concepts of sustainability and/or the link between human and
landscape/ecosystem, or pine rockland restoration. Lesson plan is due to
the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the
workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.
Sarah Martin is Program
Coordinator for the Institute of Regional Conservation’s Pine Rockland
Initiative. She supervises a skilled invasive exotic plant removal team
that works on improving the habitat of Miami-Dade’s remaining
globally-imperiled pine rocklands. She received a degree in
Environmental Studies and French from Seattle University in 2005.
Learning new lessons at every turn, she has also interned and at The
University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum, worked in Belize and
France, served as a deck hand and environmental educator on a restored
oyster schooner, and acted as a gardener at Seattle University’s
organic, sustainable campus garden.
Martin worked with the
Florida Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, the US Fish & Wildlife
Service and other agencies in South Florida with a conservation focus.
She has worked in a number of regional ecosystems including cypress
swamp, scrub, pine flatwoods, maritime hammock, freshwater marsh,
coastal strand and the beautiful riverine systems of Florida’s first
federally designated Wild and Scenic River, the Loxahatchee. Her primary
responsibilities focused on invasive exotic species removal, prescribed
fire, native plants installations, water quality testing, species
monitoring, volunteer coordination and environmental outreach and
Carlos González, MDC
professor, Earth Ethics Institute Council Member and a Global
Sustainability and Earth Literacy Studies (GSELS) Learning Network
professor teaches English at Kendall Campus. For the past two semesters,
Carlos has taught English courses completely at the Environmental
center, using the lens of the pine rockland to cover course objectives.