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Everglades National Park


8:30  am – 4:30 pm - Everglades National Park, Visitor Center

Course ID - CTD0488     
(8 hours of Professional Development Credit for Faculty)

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.

Kiki 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.

From 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.   

Kiki is fluent in Spanish, English, conversational French and basic Quechua.

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