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Jackie Turner, 2013 North American Water Champion.

Congratulations x 2!

1.       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.

2.       DEP Sweeps 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).

Help 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:

1.      Number of students and teachers per field experience.

2.      Pre/post test results per field experience.

3.      Number of students and teachers participating in service learning activities.

4.      End-of-year online survey for teachers and students:

·         Teachers: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRKGC2P

·         Students: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRX95HC

A student uses a probe to monitor water quality as part of the WWMC.

Service Learning Opportunities for Earth Day 2013

The National 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 contact Jacquelyn.A.Zimmerman@dep.state.fl.us.

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 information visit: EE Mini-Grants

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.

Workshops/Events/Conferences/Resources:

Date

Event

Location

4/15/13

Florida Green School Awards Application Open

Statewide

4/19/13

Earth Day at the Capitol 2013 (Greening STEM: Taking Technology Outdoors)

Tallahassee

4/14-22/13

Earth Day and Environmental Education Week

Earth

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 Greg.Ira@dep.state.fl.us. For more information on the LIFE Program, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/lifeprogram.htm