Evening Classes 6-9 p.m. - $20/class or take the whole Green Guide Certification Course, including field trips, for $320.
9/2/2014 Business Basics
Starting a small (nature-based) business including tips on business plans, and recordkeeping.
9/4/2014 Ecosystems Workshop
This workshop gives an overview of the diverse ecosystems and ways to protect them in the Big Bend area concentrating on the Apalachicola National Forest.
9/9/2014 Marketing Your Ecotourism Business
Marketing strategies for your ecotourism business.
9/11/2014 North Florida Trees
Learn how to recognize common trees, plants, and vines in the Big Bend area. This class is a good precursor to the Tree Identification field trip.
9/16/2014 Interpretive Guiding
This class will provide essential interpretive skills which will empower guides to enliven their tours and will cover: the basics of interpretation; definition and principles; opportunities for networking; knowing your audience; knowing your resource; program development using thematic approach; writing measurable objectives; and program delivery techniques.
9/18/2014 Weather and Tides
Learn about weather patterns, cloud formation, the reason behind tides and currents and their importance in planning nature-based activities.
9/23/2014 Wakulla Landscape
This class will provide participants with information on the basic elements for plants, including soil, moisture, sun, and temperature conditions of plant types.
9/25/2014 Florida Archaeology and Pre-history
This program will provide an in-depth look at the archeology and history of the area and identify sites in the local area.
9/30/2014 Local Mammals and Reptiles
Participants will learn about alligators, sea turtles, and other more frequently encountered reptiles as well as the more common mammals of our region and the unusual characteristics of these many creatures.
10/2/2014 Geological Features
The unique features of Wakulla County will be explored, especially karst features, sinkholes, rivers, springs, and ravines.
10/7/2014 Marketing Your Business through Web Pages and Social Media Introduction to web page creation and design, including an overview of the simplest tools and resources to get started. Participants will explore nature based and web sites. Participants will also explore how to use social media to market their business.
10/14/2014 Accessibility and Inclusion in Nature Based Tours
Participants will learn about compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act, and still provide reasonable program access to the public.
10/16/2014 Birds and Butterflies of the Region
This workshop will provide an overview of the Big Bend Region’s birds and butterflies. It will include how to identify birds by sight and song through the use of field guides, binoculars, and scopes.
10/21/2014 Ethical Tourism/Nature Based Rules and Regulations
A panel of local experts who work in various local governmental agencies from forestry to estuarine research will discuss important rules and regulations as well as ethical issues every nature-based guide should know.
10/23/2014 Nature Based Businesses Panel
Nature-based business owners will share their experiences and tips on owning an ecotourism business. There will be a question and answer session at the end of each presentation.
10/28/2014 Business Startup Financial/Legal Issues
Tips on insurance, trouble-shooting, support networks and analysis of business plans.
11/4/2014 Final Presentations/Graduation (Free)
This class is an opportunity for students to present class projects to classmates, friends, and family and serves as the class graduation.