8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Everglades National Park, Visitor Center
ID - CTD0488
of Professional Development Credit
Facilitated by Kiki Mutis
The goal of the course is to give faculty an overview of basic South
Florida ecology and hydrology by providing direct field experiences
in this unique ecosystem. Participants will then be able to teach
their students to understand their water use and environmental responsibilities
as citizens of South Florida. After a session in the Park's Visitor
Center with a Park Naturalist, participants will walk paved, boardwalk,
or dirt trails and visit an alligator hole, a cypress dome, the
critically endangered pine rocklands, a tropical hardwood hammock,
a mangrove forest, the coastal prairie, and the sawgrass Everglades
plant communities. During the entire workshop, participants will
learn how to tune their senses to improve their innate observational
skills. Participants will be expected to relate this workshop experience
to their discipline and develop ways to incorporate basic concepts
of ecology, conservation and environmental economics into their
current course objectives. Requirement: Hours will be awarded upon
completion of a required assignment.
Mutis was born in Colombia and has lived in Miami since 1981. She
received a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Florida
International University (FIU) after completing the Peace Corp’s Master
International Program. At FIU her courses focused on ethnobotany,
tropical botany and environmental education.
1999- 2001 during her Peace Corps service Kiki worked as a Natural
Resource Volunteer in rural Bolivia. She worked on soil conservation
and reforestation projects with rural Quechua communities in the
department of Potosi.
is fluent in Spanish, English, conversational French and basic Quechua.
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