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Teacher Resources: LIFE Learning Community Quick Links

The 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. Teacher Linda Gancitano with baby sea turtle

Professional development workshops for charter school teachers

The Office of Environmental Education has partnered with the Florida Department of Education's Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice to offer FREE environmental, science and technology based professional development workshops around the state specifically for charter school teachers. Teachers can choose from workshops such as Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations Benefitting the Environment), Green Schools, LIFE (Learning in Florida’s Environment) Program Professional Development, 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
Project WET & Aquatic WILD Manatee October 10, 2014 6 Lake Manatee State Park      Eventbrite Registration: Manatee
LIFE: Learning In Florida’s Environment Hillsborough October 11, 2014 6 Hillsborough River State Park      Contact Trainer: Jackie Zimmerman
Project Learning Tree     Indian River October 17, 2014 6 Imagine Schools Eventbrite Registration: PLT – Indian River
Project WILD/Aquatic WILD Palm Beach October 20, 2014 6 Gardens School of Technology Arts      Eventbrite Registration: WILD –Palm Beach
GLOBE Hillsborough October 20, 2014 6     Hillsborough River State Park Eventbrite Registration: GLOBE- Hillsborough
Project WILD/Aquatic WILD Orange October 23, 2014 6 Orlando Science Elementary School     Contact Trainer: Jackie Zimmerman
Project WET Orange October 23, 2014 6 Orlando Science Middle High School     Contact Trainer: Jackie Zimmerman
Project WILD/Aquatic WILD  Orange October 24, 2014 6 Oakland Nature Preserve Contact Trainer: Jackie Zimmerman
Project WILD/Aquatic WILD Leon December 6, 2014 6 Maclay Gardens State Park     Eventbrite Registration: WILD –Leon

Table Key:
WET: Project WET (http://projectwet.org)
PLT: Project Learning Tree (
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 Institutesstitutestutes

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

Workshop County Date More Information
Upland Habitats Master Naturalist Seminole March 20-April 24, 2014 Go to http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/ and click on the “Current Course Offerings” tab.


State and National Conferences

Date Event Location
March 21, 2014 League of Environmental Educators in Florida Ocala, FL
April 3-6, 2014 National Science Teachers Association Conference Boston, MA
April 9-12, 2014 National Service-Learning Conference  Washington, D.C.
April 24, 2014 Florida Marine Science Educators Association Conference Panama City, FL
July 21, 2014 National Marine Educators Association Conference Annapolis, MD


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Last updated: November 18, 2014

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