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LIFE - Pinellas County (Gulf-To-Bay)


boy with plantingThe LIFE Gulf-To-Bay Program, funded by a NOAA B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training) grant, is a partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Office of Environmental Education), Pinellas County Schools, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Watch, Weedon Island Preserve, and Pinellas County's Florida Sea Grant Marine Extension Program.

The Gulf-To-Bay project focuses mainly on middle school students, but also engages both high school and elementary students during the school year. Sixth & Eighth grade students from Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School participate in science-based field experiences at their middle school campus and at the Weedon Island Preserve and Tampa Bay Watch. Additionally, selected students from Lakewood High School serve as mentors to the middle school students during the three field experiences and assist with lab delivery and guidance. At the end of the year, both groups will work together to present an environmental education fair for Madeira Beach Fundamental Elementary School students.

  • Pinellas Partnership Agreement
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    pinellas county schools logo south west florida water management logo tampa bay watch

    sea grant florida logo

    weedon island preserve logo



    Program Implementation Team

    • Tom Doughty
      Science Staff Developer K-8, Pinellas County Schools: (727) 893-2606 x2138

    • James Kostka
      Lead Teacher Lakewood High School: (727) 642-6390

    • Jamie Anderson
      Senior Environmental Educator, Tampa Bay Watch: (727) 867-8166

    • Libby Carnahan
      Florida Sea Grant Marine Agent, Pinellas County Extension: (727) 453-6522

    • Romina Sola
      Environmental Education Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection: (239) 338-8758

    • Gregory C. Ira
      Director, Office of Environmental Education, Florida Department of Environmental Protection: (850) 245-2132

    Program Content

    Experience I @ Madeira Beach Fundamental Middle School Campus
    Experience II @ Weedon Island
    Experience III @ Tampa Bay Watch

    Protecting Florida's Water


    LIFE Program

    LIFE Network

    Last updated: August 19, 2014

      Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Education, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 30   Tallahassee, Florida 32399  
    850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax)

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