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Okaloosa field experience at Rocky Bayou

The LIFE Okaloosa County Program is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection, Okaloosa County School District, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou and Henderson Beach State Parks, and Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Initiative. Students from Okaloosa Middle Schools will participate in two field experiences each year at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and Henderson Beach State Park. During a field experience these students apply science concepts, methods and skills as they explore the parks’ unique ecosystems. This program is a part of a larger project known as the Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Initiative and is funded from a Department of Defense Education Activity Grant (DoDEA) grant received by Okaloosa School District.

Each field experience involves a number of distinct field labs led by DEP staff, volunteers and participating teachers. Field labs address priority topics that have been identified by the participating teachers and utilize the unique natural resources available at both Fred Gannon-Rocky Bayou and Henderson Beach State Parks. Students participate in activities covering topics, including, but not limited to, salinity and water quality, forces, wave energy and erosion and abiotic environmental factors.

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    Field Sites

    Program Implementation Team

    • Kaye McKinely
      Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction; Okaloosa County School District

    • Kim Gasaway
      DoDEA Science Coach; Okaloosa County School District

    • Lynda Smith
      Park Services Specialist: Henderson Beach State Park

    • Katrina Snyder
      Park Services Specialist: Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park

    • Scott Sevin
      Project Coordinator; Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Initiative

    Program Content

    Seventh Grade Field Experiences
    Experience I @ Fred Gannon-Rocky Bayou State Park Experience II @ Henderson Beach State Park
    Eighth Grade Field Experiences
    Experience I @ Fred Gannon-Rocky Bayou State Park Experience II @ Henderson Beach State Park

    Additional Resources

    Protecting Florida's Water


    LIFE Program

    LIFE Network

    Last updated: November 13, 2014

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