Workshop:  Green Studies Immersion: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Course ID - CTD0487

Short Title: Green Studies: E

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

Audience:   Faculty
Length of Workshop:    8 hours
Prerequisite None

Description: This eight-hour experiential learning activity will immerse participants in a unique natural system on a 2.25-mile boardwalk through the last remaining stand of ancient bald cypress trees in North America. The nature trail traverses a pine flatwood, a wet prairie, a marsh, a bald cypress swamp with centuries old trees, lettuce lakes, and a pond cypress forest. Participants will be guided through the various habitats by the facilitator/naturalist. They will then have the opportunity to explore a selected habitat on their own, carefully observing a single species of plant or animal. Individuals will record their experiences, observations, and reflections with writings, sketches or other media of their choosing. The group will reassemble and share their experiences over lunch. The trip will culminate in a tour of the new Blair Audubon Center where a number of key environmental education issues will be examined. On the return trip to the Wolfson Campus, participants will share in writing how this immersion experience will benefit them personally and professionally. Requirement: Hours will be awarded upon submission of a paper demonstration application in the classroom through exercises, activities, lesson plans, and/or course objectives. how this immersion experience will likely benefit them personally and professionally.

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


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

  • Express an understanding of the philosophical, ethical, political and financial issues involved in environmental preservation using Corkscrew Swamp as a case study
  • Explain a deepened understanding of the relationship between the natural world and one's particular discipline
  • Describe the importance of managing water quality and quantity for a healthy Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, and Corkscrew Swamp
  • Explain the significance of indicator species and biodiversity, using the endangered Wood Stork as a case study
  • Explain the concept of environmental sustainability, contrasting the preservation of ancient cypress trees to the harvesting of tropical hardwoods for a 2.25-mile boardwalk
  • Describe how green technology can be cost effective, sustainable, and educational after examining the Green Machine at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary restroom facilities
  • Learn to incorporate basic Earth Literacy concepts into one's teaching curriculum and show how earth literacy  links all disciplines



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Registration information
Course ID: - CTD0487
Course Title: Green Studies: E
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.