Wednesday, May 7th
8:00-8:30 Arrival and Registration, Wetland Quiz
8:30-8:45 Welcome, Announcements and Introduction of Facilitators
8:45–9:00 Opening Remarks – Desiree Croes
9:00-9:20 West Indian Whistling-Duck & Wetlands Conservation Project
9:20-9:35 Icebreaker Activities
9:35-9:50 Wetland Teaching & Interpretation – Oak Hammock Marsh Philosophy
10:00-10:20 Wetlands of Bonaire – Fernando Simal
10:20-10:40 STINAPA presentation on available bird education materials
10:40-11:15 Wondrous West Indian Wetlands: Teachers’ Book – Overview & Demo
- Chapter 1 – Wet and muddy: What are wetlands?
- Chapter 2 – Wild, wet and weird: What lives in wetlands?
- Pour-a-pond demonstration
11:15-12:10 More from the Workbook
- Chapter 3 – Wetlands are not wastelands: What do wetlands do?
- Chapter 4 – Going, going, gone: What is happening to wetlands?
- Chapter 5 – Save the wetlands – save the world! We can make a difference.
12:10-12:30 Form groups, choose activities, begin preparation
12:30-1:40 Lunch (served on site), work on preparing group activities
1:40-3:00 Group Presentations
3:00-4:30 Final activity demos, curriculum development, bird identification, and evaluation
4:30-5:00 House-keeping announcements & raffle, group picture taking – Adjournment
Thursday, May 8th
8:00 Meet at DCNA Office
- Hand out binoculars and field materials
- Planning and leading a wetland field trip
- Board bus to visit wetlands of Lac Bay
- Birding (identification of common wetland birds, bird identification techniques)
- Nature observation techniques
- Mangroves and other wetland plants
- Marine debris activity
- Wetland assessment activity
- Plant study techniques (quadrats and line transects)
- Ecology games
12:00 Lunch at Cai
1:00 Continue field trip activities
3:30 Return from Wetlands Field Trip to DCNA Office: final discussions, evaluation, raffle, hand-out posters, and presentation of certificates