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Immersions Offering Professional Development Credit for MDC Faculty



Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve

Facilitated by Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Staff
Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Manager
The course will cover the natural and cultural heritage of Biscayne Bay with an emphasis on the northern part of the bay that lies within the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve.



Biscayne National Park

The course covers history of the Biscayne National Park and surrounding areas, and gives an overview of local ecosystems including shoreline to reef line, upland habitats of off-shore islands, as well as inshore seagrass and mangrove forest communities.




Cape Florida State Park

Participants will learn about the natural and cultural history of Cape Florida State Park System, also called ‘Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area’.



Covanta Waste-to-Energy Facility

Facilitated by EEI and Covanta Staff
This two hour experiential learning activity takes participants on a tour of the Miami-Dade Resources Recovery Facility operated by Covanta Southeastern Florida Renewable Energy Facilities



Deering Estate at Cutler Bay

Facilitated by Deering Estate Staff
Participants in this immersion will explore the natural and cultural history of the Deering Estate at Cutler.  It will include three (3) components: a tour of the Richmond Cottage and Stone House, a short hike on the Tekesta Trail, and a visit to the footpath that, near the end of the nineteenth century, became the first Cutler Road.  Participants will learn about the first hotel between Coconut Grove and Key West and the history of the settlers from around 1896 through 1927.



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.




Mangrove Ecology

This interdisciplinary Mangrove Ecology workshop will give MDC faculty/staff an overview of South Florida mangrove swamp ecology by providing direct field experiences in this unique ecosystem. 




Oleta River State Park

The immersion will cover the natural and cultural history of the largest urban park in the Florida State Park System.  Oleta River State Park is a 1,043 acre natural and recreational area surrounded largely by high density residential and commercial developmental.




Restoring Soil/Soul in Vanishing Pine Rockland 

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.




Supportive, Sustainable, Community Agriculture

This workshop focuses on the operations of a non-profit organic farm and market in the South Florida region that also serves as a job skills training facility.  Participants will tour Verde Gardens with its 145 LEED-certified “green” town homes for formerly homeless families with disabilities and a 22-acre organic farm which includes a produce nursery, market and rentable commercial kitchen.




Virginia Key Beach Park

The goal of this Immersion is to give MDC faculty and staff an overview of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Participants in this Immersion will tour this important ecologically rich site and gain an understanding of its importance to Miami as a barrier island with unique and valuable ecosystems and as a gathering place with a priceless cultural and historical legacy.




Virginia Key North Point: A Sense of Place

This workshop will expose participants to the unique coastal ecology and cultural history of Virginia Key North Point (VKNP). VKNP is the 17-acre northern promontory of Virginia Key that is currently undergoing habitat restoration through a partnership between the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum’s Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) program.



Water, Ethics, Aesthetics and Urban Resiliency

This workshop focuses on the South Florida ecosystem and watershed as well as the integration of freshwater sustainability and water ethics into curriculum. Review U.S. and Florida water history, and connections among Lake Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades wetlands, estuaries and coral reefs.




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Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
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