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LIFE - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve LIFE labThe LIFE Apalachicola Program is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Franklin County School District. The program targets all seventh grade students in the district and involves four separate field days, one every nine weeks. Each field day involves three distinct field labs led by DEP staff and assisted by seventh grade teachers. Field sites include the ANERR Nature Center, the St. George Island State Park, the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve Center and Florida State University?s Edward Ball Marine Lab.

Initial financial support for the project is from the St. Joe Community Foundation and a grant from the Oceans Initiative. Franklin County Schools also contributes by providing transportation to all field sites.

Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE): Site #1:  Apalachicola LIFE Center Partnership Agreement [PDF - 108 KB]

Award

Certificate of Appreciation from the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program
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The Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve was recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program. The ANERR-LIFE program is considered a "Gulf Guardian" for the work it does in conducting outdoor environmental field labs with Apalachicola seventh grade students and their teachers.

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Field Sites

Program Implementation Team

  • Jeff Dutrow
    ANERR Education Coordinator: (850) 653-8063

  • Lisa Bailey
    ANERR Environmental Educator: (850) 653-8063

  • Alan W. Knothe
     ANERR Education and Training Specialist: (850) 653-2296

  • Barbara M. Shoplock
    Florida State University, Saturday-at-the-Sea Programs Director: (850) 644-9828

  • Spencer Tolbert
    Science Teacher, New Consolidated Franklin County School: (850) 670-2800

  • Mrs. Faircloth
    Science Teacher, New Consolidated Franklin County School: (850) 670-2800

  • Kristi Taranto
    Math and Science Teacher, Apalachicola Bay Charter School:  (850) 653-1222

  • Heather Friedman
    Science Teacher, Apalachicola Bay Charter School:  (850) 653-1222

  • Brenda Wilson
    Franklin County Schools: (850) 653-8831 ext 105

  • Mikel Clark
    Assistant Superintendent/Science Supervisor, Franklin County Schools

  • Gene Boone
    Franklin County Schools Bus Transportation: (850) 653-9810

Program Content

Experience I @ Apalachicola NERR

Experience II @ St. George Island State Park

Experience III @ St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve

Experience IV @ Marine Lab

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Last updated: August 19, 2014

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850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax)

 
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