LIFE Ichetucknee Springs State Park Program
is a partnership between the Department of Environmental
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.
Financial 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
[PDF - 465 KB]
View 2006-2007 Program Scope and Sequence
[DOC - 53.5 KB]
Program Implementation Team
- Sherry Green
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Manager
- Patty Hudson
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Assistant Manager
- Trini Johannesen
Lead Science Teacher
- Nikeisha Jackson
- Kristen Clark
General Environmental Science Information: