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Teacher Resources: LIFE Learning Community Quick Links

Teacher Linda Gancitano with baby sea turtleThe Office of Environmental Education is a proud provider of high quality teacher resource opportunities in the field of environmental education and supports other reputable programs that are good models for science education. The OEE strives to provide teachers with relevant opportunities and serve as a source of information on professional development opportunities within the state. 

Educational Opportunities & Resources

The Office of Environmental Education & Sustainable Initiatives (OEESI) has experience in conducting environmental, science and technology based professional development workshops around the state. Past training have been conducted on Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations Benefitting the Environment), Green Schools, LIFE (Learning in Florida’s Environment), and others.
These interdisciplinary education programs feature hands-on learning activities that make these topics come alive for students. In addition to learning new teaching ideas for use in science, math, social studies, language arts, physical education, music, and visual arts, teachers receive instructional manuals and are eligible for in-service points. View the currently scheduled workshops below, and stay up to date by visiting the comprehensive listing of upcoming workshops. If you are a teacher or an administrator, and are interested in bringing a workshop to your school, please contact Jackie Zimmerman (850-245-2145).


Workshops County Date Eligible In-service Training Points Host Location Registration
Train the Trainer: PLT Hillsborough May 29-30, 2015 TBD Nature's Classroom Contact: Jackie Zimmerman
LIFE St. Lucie June 11-12, 2015 TBD Savannas Preserve State Park Closed Training
Contact: Jackie Zimmerman
STEM Training Leon June 13, 2015 TBD FAMU DRS Closed Training
Contact: Jackie Zimmerman
GLOBE Bay August 14, 2015 6 North Bay Haven Charter Academy Closed Training
Contact: Jackie Zimmerman

Table Key:
WET: Project WET (http://projectwet.org)
PLT: Project Learning Tree (https://www.plt.org/)
WILD/Aq. WILD: Project WILD and Aquatic WILD (http://www.projectwild.org/)
GLOBE: Global Learning and Observation to Better the Environment (https://www.globe.gov/

*Please contact Jackie Zimmerman (Jacquelyn.A.Zimmerman@dep.state.fl.us) if you have any further questions, or if you are interested in hosting/scheduling a future workshop together.*

LIFE Summer Institutes

LIFE Summer Institutes are multi-day teacher professional development workshops that focus primarily on new LIFE sites or projects. Teachers test and refine field labs and review other elements of the LIFE program such as student assessment, service learning, and enhancing cultural competency. These institutes are often opened up to other interested teachers to participate.

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Other Teacher Workshop Opportunities in Florida

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State and National Conferences

Date Event Location
April 30- May 3, 2015 Florida Marine Science Educators Association Conference Tampa Bay, FL
October 22-24, 2015 The Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference Tallahassee, FL
Tentatively March 18-20, 2016 League of Environmental Educators in Florida Conference Big Bend Region FL
March 31 - April 3, 2016 National Science Teachers Association Conference Nashville, TN


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Last updated: June 18, 2015

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

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