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LIFE - Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park - student participantsThe LIFE Ichetucknee Springs State Park Program is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection's Ichetucknee Springs State Park and the Columbia County School District. The participating schools are Richardson Middle School in Lake City, FL and Fort White High/Middle School.

The Fort White High/Middle School PARKnership Environmental Education Program known as the ?Ichetucknee Classroom Model? is in its sixth year with Florida?s DEP LIFE program. The science and community activities of our students promote the future health of the Ichetucknee Springs by understanding the hydrology of the springs? basin, local land use practices, and the steps necessary to conserve and preserve these waters. The goal of our program is to provide our community with future citizens that are knowledgeable and concerned about their natural resources.

The PARKnership hones in on grades6-8 and is reinforced in high school. The program is built upon the concept that learning in and out of the classroom and serving the community go hand-in-hand. Students in grades 6-8 are actively involved in a science curriculum that uses the ?real world? for hands-on exploratory learning by experiencing outdoor lab activities based upon DEP?S LIFE program, and the ?Water?s Journey Springs Curriculum? developed by the North East Florida Educational Consortium. Students become involved in a variety of community service learning projects like recycling, exotic plant removal, growing native plants, and home/community conservation and preservation activities with the goal of instilling a responsibility to protect our resources.

Learn and Serve LogoFinancial support for this program is through grant awards and community sponsorship from local businesses, like Suwannee American Cement, advocacy groups, like Florida?s Eden, and Save Our Suwannee, and government agencies, like Suwannee River Water Management District?s The Ichetucknee Partnership. Transportation support comes from the Three Rivers, Inc. Trust.

View Partnership Agreement [PDF - 465 KB]
View 2006-2007 Program Scope and Sequence [DOC - 53.5 KB]

Site News

  • Fort White High School Receives Florida Springs Champion Award for Science Program - 01/25/06
  • Environmental Education Program Breaks Ground in Columbia County - 09/02/05

Field Sites

Program Implementation Team

  • Mebane Cory-Ogden
    Ichetucknee Springs State Park Manager
  • William Nash
    Ichetucknee Springs State Park Assistant Manager
  • Trini Johannesen
    Lead Science Teacher
  • Nikeisha Jackson
    Science Teacher
  • Kristen Clark
    Science Teacher

Program Content

Experience I

Experience II

Experience III

Experience IV

Experience V

Experience VI



Additional Resources

General Environmental Science Information:

Online Data:

Environmental Monitoring/Service Learning:

Protecting Florida's Water


LIFE Program

LIFE Network

Last updated: October 28, 2013

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