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LIFE  Suwannee River

Suwannee River Valley LIFE Participants

The LIFE Suwannee River Valley project is a partnership between the Department of Environmental Protection and the Suwannee County School District. Approximately 200 middle and high school students of Suwannee County have participated directly with the LIFE program, however the project impacts over 1,000 students from Suwannee Middle School, Branford High School, and Suwannee High School. Students participate in equipment intensive field lab activities at Suwannee River State Park and Branford Spring at Ivey Memorial Park that focus on ground and surface water quality. Students use technologies such as data gathering probeware, multimeters, digital microscopes, and computer software to collect, interpret and share their data. Initial funding for the LIFE in the Suwannee River Valley was obtained from the Florida Department of Education's Enhancing Education through Technology grant which focuses on closing the digital divide and improving students' academic achievement through the use of technology.


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Program Implementation Team

  • Katrina Raulerson
    Suwannee County School District
    EETT LISRV Grant Facilitator
  • Melissa Brinson
     Science Teacher, Suwannee Middle School: (386) 647-4500
  • Leslie Breland
    Science Teacher, Suwannee Middle School: (386) 647-4500
  • Roger Sumner
    Science and Geography Teacher, Branford High School: (386) 935-5600
  • Danelle Bradow
    Physical Science and Earth/Space Science, Branford High School: (386) 935-5600
  • Luwanna Gaylord
    Earth/Space Science and BIO I, Branford High School: (386) 935-5600

Program Content at Suwannee Middle

Experience I @ Suwannee River State Park

Experience II @ Suwannee River State Park

Experience III @ Suwannee River State Park


Program Content at Branford High

Experience I, II & III @ Branford Spring at Ivey Memorial Park


Additional Resources

General Environmental Science Information:

Florida's Education Technology Conference 2011

Hands on the Land

Online Data:
USGS's Real-Time Data for Florida

Environmental Monitoring/Service Learning:
World Water Monitoring Day

Protecting Florida's Water


LIFE Program

LIFE Network

Last updated: May 23, 2012

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850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax)

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