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, Staff, Administrators
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 Professional Development Credit.


 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)  The first time you log in to the Registration Page, you will be asked to accept the Use of Computing Resources at Miami Dade College.    The Accept button is located at the bottom of the screen.

PLEASE NOTE:  You do not have to create a student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop.  You can use your regular network login name and password proceeded by the MDCC\   
  1. Go to the MDC Registration Page.
  2. Choose the Term from the dropdown menu.
  3. Enter your PIN number (If you don't remember your PIN, you can reset it by clicking the Update My Pin button.)
  4. Click the  myMDC  Log In button.
  5. Log in  using your regular username and password.  Your username must be proceeded by the MDCC\

ex.   Joe Smith would login in with

User name -  mdcc\jsmith and his regular password.


Pictured below are screenshots of the login information you will see when go to  MDC Registration.   

Once logged in, you should use Speed Registration.  You must know the Reference number for the workshop you want to take.   You can still  search for workshops using the Course ID or Short title, if you click on Shopping Cart.    The best way to register is by  Reference number.

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.

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