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Oleta River State Park


Course ID - CTD0488-2     Reference #TBA
(4 hours of Professional Development Credit for Faculty)

Facilitated by
Kiki Mutis

The immersion 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.

Kiki Mutis was born in Colombia and has lived in Miami since 1981.  She received a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Florida International University (FIU) after completing the Peace Corp’s Master International Program.  At FIU her courses focused on ethnobotany, tropical botany and environmental education.

From 1999- 2001 during her Peace Corps service Kiki worked as a Natural Resource Volunteer in rural Bolivia.  She worked on soil conservation and reforestation projects with rural Quechua communities in the department of Potosi.   

Kiki is fluent in Spanish, English, conversational French and basic Quechua.

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