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.
Okaloosa Partnership Agreement
Program Implementation Team
Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction; Okaloosa County School District
DoDEA Science Coach; Okaloosa County School District
Park Services Specialist: Henderson Beach State Park
Park Services Specialist: Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Project Coordinator; Okaloosa S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Initiative