The 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
Program Implementation Team
Science Staff Developer K-8, Pinellas County Schools: (727) 893-2606 x2138
Lead Teacher Lakewood High School: (727) 642-6390
Senior Environmental Educator, Tampa Bay Watch: (727) 867-8166
Florida Sea Grant Marine Agent, Pinellas County Extension: (727) 453-6522
Environmental Education Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection: (239)
Gregory C. Ira
Director, Office of Environmental Education, Florida Department of Environmental Protection: (850) 245-2132