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LIFE - Learning in Florida's Environment  

December 15, 2005

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Alga at 400x photographed by students using the “Pupil Cam”
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Students measure pH at Wakulla Springs State Park
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Students examine periphyton at Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Five Hundred Fifty-five New Students Participate in LIFE

This fall, approximately 555 new students began participating in the LIFE program at one of four locations: 1) Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 2) Ichetucknee Springs State Park, 3) Wakulla Springs State Park, and the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Each student will spend 4-16 hours directly engaged in environmental science field labs conducted at various times over the course of the school year.

Eighth-grade Mentors Lead Seventh-graders Through LIFE

Fifteen eighth-grade students from Riversprings Middle School led 85 seventh-graders through a series of water quality field labs as part of the LIFE Riversprings Service Learning Program at Wakulla Springs State Park. The eighth-grade mentors received prior training in one of three areas (periphyton, water chemistry and physical properties of water) prior to assuming the role of “teacher for the day.” At the end of two days, the mentors had a newfound respect for their teachers and had become well versed in their area of specialization.

The Florida Wildlife Federation Awards the Fort White Middle School and the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs State Park

The Fort White Middle School Parknership Program and the Friends of Ichetucknee Springs received the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Springs Protection Grant and a Springs Champion Award, respectively. The Grant will support the educational efforts of the Parknership Program for the sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the school. The LIFE Program serves as the basis for the seventh-grade component of the Parknership Program.

LIFE-long Learning

Teachers, don’t miss the 2006 Beyond the Blackboard Workshop on January 21st in Tallahassee. A limited number of scholarships are available for LIFE teachers to cover the cost of the workshop registration fee and travel. Contact Greg Ira (Greg.Ira@dep.state.fl.us) if you are interested. For more information on the workshop, go to http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/default.htm.

 

For more information on the LIFE Program, please go to http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/default.htm.

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