Jackie Turner, 2013 North
American Water Champion.
Congratulations x 2!
The Department of Environmental Protection’s LIFE Program was recognized
by FAU College of Education’s Pine Jog Environmental Center for one of
its 2013 Environmental Education Leadership Awards.
the 2012 North
American Water Champion Awards for the World Water Monitoring
Challenge! Congratulations to Jackie Turner (left) for receiving the
“Individual” award and the staff of the Office of Environmental
Education for the “Group” award. We look forward to working with park
staff and all of our DEP district offices this year to double our
numbers (see page 20 and 21 of the
WWMC Year in Review).
us take a closer look at the effectiveness of the LIFE program by
submitting your data.
Attention LIFE Site Coordinators!
Please be sure you have completed/submitted the following:
Number of students and teachers per field experience.
Pre/post test results per field experience.
Number of students and teachers participating in service learning
End-of-year online survey for teachers and students:
A student uses a probe to
monitor water quality as part of the WWMC.
Service Learning Opportunities for Earth Day 2013
Environmental Education Foundation is promoting a theme of Greening
STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors. This theme fits perfectly with the
LIFE Program and we encourage you to use this week to organize or
participate in a local service learning project. If you don’t yet have
plans, consider participating in the
World Water Monitoring
Challenge (WWMC) or supporting a service project in one of your
field sites. A limited number of World Water Monitoring Challenge test
kits are available for LIFE program participants. For more information
Students conduct a new
LIFE STEM lab to design and build a sediment barrier.
Mini-Grants for Environmental Education
The Office of Environmental Education recently opened two Requests for
Proposals for mini-grants. The OEE received a mini-grant award from EPA
Region 4, which includes six mini-grants to strengthen the EE
infrastructure in Florida, and approximately 15 mini-grants to support
outdoor EE projects between middle schools and public conservation lands
in eight southeastern states (FL, GA, AL, MS, SC, NC, TN, KY). For more
Misty (far left) trains
teachers on the use of the sling psychrometer.
Misty Alderman Moves On
Most of you know Misty Alderman as the go-to person for the Office of
Environmental Education. Misty has been instrumental in advancing the
LIFE program, initiating our Green School program and expanding our
teacher professional development offerings. In just five years, she’s
left a lasting imprint on the quality and direction of our program.
Misty will continue to work for the department in the Nonpoint Source
Management program, but her number will likely remain on the OEE
Speed-dial for some time to come.
The LIFE Program
includes 22 sites around Florida. If your LIFE site has an update to
share, send it (along with pictures and captions) to Greg Ira at
For more information on the LIFE Program, visit