|Rob leads a field trip with FMNP class.|
Rob is now Senior Ecologist at Wildlands Conservation, a land management consulting company for public and private owners of conservation lands. His duties include management plan development and implementation, prescribed fire, habitat restoration, listed species preservation and invasive species control.
Early in his career, at Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation (HCPRC), Rob created and conducted the award-winning 'Fun With Nature' program which ran during each summer for five years in the mid 1980's, and consisted of six one week long sessions for kids aged 8-12. The participants were introduced to various outdoor activities including fishing, canoeing, camping, and
wildlife. The emphasis was on teaching ways to enjoy our natural environment in a responsible manner. Florida
Before retiring from HCPRC, he was the Environmental Supervisor from 1982- 2002, with duties that included land management in the ELAP (Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection) Program. Rob was the head of the ELAP Site Assessment Team, which was responsible for evaluating the new site nominations each year, and preparing the preliminary and full site assessment reports used by other committees to qualify and rank the sites. One of these parcels became known as the Camp Bayou Preserve.
He is a graduate of
Amherst College (B.A. in Biology) and (M.S. in Environmental Biology). He is an active member of the Tampa Bay Conservancy and Tampa Audubon Society. Tulane University
Rob Heath will be talking about "Getting off the Beaten Path" on Saturday, November 12 at 6 pm. The keynote presentation is included in Saturday registration. The complete schedule for the weekend, Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, and registration form are available on the blog: http://anaturaleducation.blogspot.com. Registration forms are also available at
during regular hours of operation, Thursday- Saturday, 9am-2pm. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center
This event is part of a Be Out There!-NWF, Get Outdoors Florida!, "Let's GO"- C&N, No Child Left Inside, and Let's Move Outside inspired initiative. Partners in this event include
Hillsborough County Community College's South Shore Campus, West- Central League of Environmental Educators in Florida, Firehouse Cultural Center, and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Services. Sponsors include Cargill and Publix. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available. Contact Dolly at 813-363-5438 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pictured: Rob is also an associate instructor at
for the Florida Master Natural Program (FMNP). Pictured here on a field trip outing to Golden Aster Scrub Preserve. Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center