Workshop:  Green Studies Immersion: Virginia Key

Course ID - CTD0485

Short Title: Green Studies: C

(Course ID, Reference #, or Keyword title can be used to find and register for this course in Odyssey) 

Audience:   Faculty
Length of Workshop:    4 hours
Prerequisite None

Description: This four-hour immersion course on Virginia Key reveals the need for understanding ecological sustainability across the curriculum and provides participants with tools for incorporating these concepts into the classroom. Multidisciplinary content will include the natural and cultural history of the key, its development and use, related economics and policies, government interests, community restoration efforts, exotic and native coastal wildlife and fauna, and principles of ecological sustainability in education.

* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional Development hours.


 As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the natural history of South Florida by touring and observing various natural communities on Virginia Key including a coastal hammock, a restored wetland, and a red mangrove forest
  • Develop knowledge of the cultural history of Miami by visiting the site of the once segregated Virginia Key Beach Park and hearing about its historical significance and grassroots efforts to establish a related museum
  • Develop an understanding of the process and effects of wastewater treatment and disposal by visiting the Virginia Key Miami-Dade County Wastewater Treatment Plant and touring its water-testing laboratory
  • Develop understanding of the process of and problems associated with landfills by visiting the Duck lake landfill
  • Develop understanding of the need for protected wildlife areas by touring a protected manatee habitat
  • Develop appreciation for grassroots environmental activism and volunteerism by led to the establishment of the Critical Wildlife Area
  • Develop understanding of the effect of a dredge spoil disposal area by visiting one and discussing coastal processes and the dynamics of barrier islands
  • Develop understanding of the incompatibilities and potential alliances between commerce and the natural environment by discussing first-hand examples related to Virginia Key
  • Develop knowledge of key species by observing and identifying manatee, sea turtles (nest areas), Least turns, roseate spoonbills, osprey, bald eagles, Johnson's sea grass and burrowing four o'clocks
  • Develop understanding of biodiversity, food webs, economics, aesthetics and spirituality.
  • Develop values of ecological sustainability by experiencing a Green Studies Immersion Workshop
  • Develop enthusiasm for integrating principles of sustainability into curriculum by realizing and identifying connections between humans and the natural world



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Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0485
Course Title: Green Studies: C
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.