August 12, 2005
Water lettuce quadrat
Counting flowers & clones
Recording locations with GPS
Teachers Design Environmental Investigations at Ichetucknee
Springs State Park
Six teachers from Fort White Middle School field-tested 12
environmental investigations at Ichetucknee Springs State Park
in preparation for the coming school year. Approximately 200
seventh-grade students will participate in the LIFE ?
Ichetucknee Springs State Park Parknership Program. Led by
veteran Park Biologist, Sam Cole, the program includes three new
field investigations unique to the Ichetucknee LIFE site:
- Comparing reproductive strategies (cloning vs. flowering) in
the invasive Water Lettuce.
- Describing and mapping Karst
features in terrestrial and riparian locations.
periphyton diversity at different spring vents.
Each LIFE Program site conducts a four-day workshop that
allows teachers to design and integrate environmental science
field investigations into their curriculum. The workshops also
provide an opportunity for teachers to learn new technology and
practice field investigation methods and protocols.
Harry Potter and the Marauder?s Map: Science, Fiction, and
Real-LIFE Global Positioning Technology
Cortopassi (Apalachicola High School), VieVie Baird (Department
of Education), and Greg Ira (Office of Environmental Education)
submitted a presentation proposal to lead a half-day workshop at
the 2005 Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST)
Conference. The theme for this year?s conference combines
science fiction with technology. The presentation proposal
focuses on the LIFE Program?s use of Global Position System
technology and makes connections between this technology and the
Marauder?s Map used by Harry Potter, the wizard and central
character in the fiction series. If accepted, the half-day
workshop will have teachers using GPS and conducting a modified
version of the
Ecosystem Ingredients lab outside of the conference center.
Environmental Education Specialist at DOE, VieVie Baird,
will join the presentation and discuss the role of field-based
investigations and labs in providing rigor and real-world
relevance to environmental science education. The
FAST Conference will run from November 3-5, 2005 in Orlando.
For more information on the LIFE Program, please go to