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LIFE-Collier County (Big Cypress Watershed Project)

middle school studentsThe LIFE-Big Cypress Watershed Project brings middle school students out of the classroom to some of the most unique locations in their watershed to learn science by practicing science. A collaborative effort between DEP, the Collier County School District and others, the project is funded by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training Program. Over 500 students from three schools will complete three day-long field experiences over the course of the year. Each field experience will build on key concepts and topics in the science curriculum. Students will venture out to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge , Rookery Bay NERR, CREW Land and Water Trust, Collier-Seminole State Park and Freedom Park.

  • Collier County LIFE Program Article from Naples Daily News
  • Collier Partnership Agreement
  • NOAA logoGulf of Mexico Alliance logo  World Water Monitoring Day LogoRookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve logo

    Collier County School Board logo

    Field Sites

    Program Implementation Team

    • Dave Graff
      Coordinator, LIFE - Big Cypress Watershed Project
      300 Tower Road Naples, FL 34113
      (239) 417-6310 x207
      850-408-1320 (cell)
    • Greg Ira
      Director, Office of Environmental Education
      Florida Department of Environmental Protection
    • Curt Witthoff
      District Science and Environmental Education Coordinator
      Collier County School District
    • Lee Arsenault
      Science Teacher, Golden Gate Middle School
    • Leslie Harn
      Science Teacher, Immokalee Middle School
    • Jennifer Maloney
      Science Teacher, Manatee Middle School
    • Sandy Mickey
      Refuge Operations Specialist
      Florida Panther & Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuges
      Office: 239.353.8442 x 222; Fax: 353.8640
    • Meredith Bayer
      Education Specialist
      Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
      300 Tower Road
      Naples, Florida 34113
      239-417-6310 Ext 414
    • Linda Weinland
      Teacher Professional Development Consultant
    • Laura M. Comer
      Environmental Consultant Florida Department of Environmental Protection - South District
      PO Box 2549, Fort Myers, FL 33902-2549
      Office 239-344-5626; Fax 850-412-0590
    • Lisa Koehler
      Community Outreach/Media Specialist
      South Florida Water Management District: Big Cypress Basin Service Center
      (239) 263-7615 ext. 7603; e-mail: lkoehler@sfwmd.gov
    • Brenda Brooks
      CREW Land and Water Trust
      23998 Corkscrew Road
      Estero, FL 33928
      Office: 239-657-2253
    • Nancy Olson
      Collier County Parks and Recreation
      15000 Livingston Road
      Naples, FL 34109
    • Kirby Wilson
      Collier-Seminole State Park
      Park Manager
      20200 Tamiami Trail E.
      Naples, FL 34114
      (239) 394-3397

    Program Content

    Experience I: CREW Land and Water Trust and Freedom Park

    Freedom Park
    Experience II: Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Experience III: Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

    Additional Resources

    Protecting Florida's Water


    LIFE Program

    LIFE Network

    Last updated: May 23, 2012

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