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The Coastal Plains Institute's believes an important way to achieve its main objective is by disseminating knowledge and understanding of natural history, ecology, and environments of the Coastal Plain, through various means of environmental education. With the cooperation of the Center for Professional Development in Tallahassee Florida, Dr. Bruce Means teaches three courses. These courses consist of six three hour, evening lectures and six all day Saturday field trips.
For a syllabus of each course click on the links below.

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Bruce photographing a prescribe burn  on Apalachicola National Forest Longleaf pine forest photo showing tress and groundcover

Uplands Ecosystems - The course integrates geology, meteorology, hydrology, biogeography, and ecology in an attempt to give the student an overview about the biotic character of the north Florida region, a subregion of the Coastal Plain.
Next Class: TBA

WETlands class getting wet! Your are  bound to get dirty and have fun doing it.   A class after visiting a cave. Did we say WETlands class.  A class wading at Wakulla Springs.

Wetlands Ecosystem - The Wetlands course continues downslope from where the Uplands course leaves off. It addresses all the emergent communities between open, freshwater aquatic environments and true, dry upland soils. The purpose of this course is to learn about the diverse variety of wetlands in the Coastal Plain as demonstrated by Panhandle Florida examples. Both lentic and lotic systems will be studied.
Next Class: TBA


Coastal Strands & Barrier Islands - The purpose of this course is to learn about the diversity of upland and wetland habitats in the coastal strands and barrier islands of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida and southeastern Georgia. Coastal strands are important uplands along the continental margins of the coasts of the world, affected in their plant and animal composition by wind, waves, and saltwater.

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