Workshop: Green Studies Immersion: Oleta River State Park
Course ID - CTD0488-2
Short Title: Green Studies: I
(Course ID, Reference #, or Keyword title can be used
to find and register for this course in Odyssey)
* Approved CT&D Workshop for Faculty Professional
The course 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.
As a result of successful completion of the
workshop, participants will be able to:
- Explain how
natural areas can be preserved and maintained through revenues
generated from ecologically sustainable activities such as outdoor
recreation, wildlife watching and ecotourism.
- Express an
appreciation for the value of volunteerism in supporting and
maintaining natural areas.
- Describe how
humans and wildlife such as the endangered West Indian manatee can
- Explain the
habitat value of Oleta River State Park and North Biscayne Bay,
especially the role of mangrove forests.
- Explain the
adverse long-term impacts of choosing the least expensive option for
the disposal of solid and toxic wastes. Participants will learn
about the history of the nearby Munisport dump site and the threats
it might pose to environmental and human health.
historical flow of freshwater from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay
via the Oleta River and the value of reestablishing a near natural
freshwater flow as part of the Everglades restoration plan.
- Develop awareness
of readily accessible natural areas in our bioregion.
- Develop values of
ecological sustainability by experiencing a Green Studies Immersion
- Explain how to
integrate principles of sustainability into curriculum by realizing
and identifying connections between humans and the natural world.
Course ID: - CTD0488-2
Course Title: Green Studies I
Reference # - see table
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participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at
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