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LIFE - Broward County

LIFE lab

The Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) program site in Broward County is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, park volunteers, the Broward County Public School District and the Friends of Birch State Park. The Program targets sixth and seventh grade students from New River Middle School who participate in three separate field experiences during the school year. Each field experience is aligned to the middle school curriculum and integrates all subjects. Special emphasis is placed on water quality monitoring using the World Water Monitoring Challenge and sea turtle nesting habitat. The project is supported by Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and the Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

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Program Implementation Team

Program Content

Field Experience I Field Experience II Field Experience III Additional Labs:

Service Program

As part of each field experience, student collect water quality monitoring data on two locations in the park: 1) the coastal dune lake near the canoe launch, and 2) the Atlantic Ocean near the tunnel under A1A. This data is submitted to the World Water Monitoring Challenge program and the summary data is available by clicking on the Data Map and zooming in to these monitoring sites.

Field Sites

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Field Sites

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Friends of Birch State Park
World Water Monitoring Challenge
New River Middle School
STEM and Instructional Resources

Protecting Florida's Water


LIFE Program

LIFE Network

Last updated: August 20, 2014

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