ID - CTD0488-2 Reference #TBA
of Professional Development Credit
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. Park administrators have
developed alliances with a range of compatible user groups. It is
wrongly assumed that the northern portion of Biscayne is virtually
dead biologically. The Oleta River area supports abundant marine
life, diverse bird populations and some of the most impressively
large mangrove trees in South Florida. Upland and shoreline habitats
will be explored on foot and by kayak and the ecological role of the
mangrove forests will be highlighted. Particular attention will be
directed towards the challenge of achieving a sustainable balance
between urban human needs and natural systems needs. Economic
strategies for preserving and maintaining natural areas will be
examined. Participants will be expected to relate the workshop
experience to their academic disciplines and to draft a written
proposal on ways to incorporate concepts of ecological sustainability into their current work or course objectives.
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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