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2024 LEEF Conference Workshops and Field Trips

  • Friday, March 22, 2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • Sunday, March 24, 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • Wekiwa Springs State Park

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  • Join the Orange Audubon Society as we hike through the varied habitats of Mead Botanical Gardens which was once a formal garden but is now undergoing areas of native plant restoration. During this hike, our focus will be on observing the various species of birds that use the urban landscape. Since this will be at the beginning of spring migration, we will also discuss what makes this location a highly desirable place for migrant birds. Assistance will be provided in how to instruct students in how to observe, identify and count birds as part of community science.

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 9am - 12 pm ***TIME CHANGE
    Location: Mead Botanical Gardens, Winter Park, FL
  • Join the St. Johns River Water Management District's Lake Apopka Land Manager and Education Coordinator for an educational tour of the Lake Apopka North Shore. You will learn about the work the District does to protect and restore water resources and the restoration efforts and success of the Lake Apopka property. We will board the Eco-buggy, a trailer with bench seating, and tour Clay Island on the west side of the property. Please note this is not the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, so this area is usually only accessible by hiking or biking. We will tour the Little Italy restoration area, the Marsh Flow-Way, and stop by the Dedication Tower on Lake Apopka for beautiful views of the lake.

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 9am-12 pm
    Location: Clay Island Trailhead, Astatula, FL
  • Join us as we learn from a Wekiwa Springs State Park Specialist about fire ecology and forest health complete with a fire truck, tools, science experiences, and a tram tour. We will spend some of our time with inside instruction and part of our time on a guided park tram tour at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Location: Wekiwa Springs State Park (Conference Site)
  • The primary workshop objective is to promote best practices in the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms for educational activities. Upon successful completion of the training workshop, a participant receives a certification that is authorized by both FMSEA and Commission representatives (FWC). The certificate does not supersede any state or federal regulations, but it does allow the collection of specified numbers of certain species for educational purposes and to use certain types of collecting gear that would not be allowed under recreational fishing guidelines. No fishing license required.

    Presenter: Dawn Miller-Walker, Science Eye
    Sunday, March 24, 2024
    Time: 9am - 11am
    *Workshop Fee: $36 *Fee includes certification
    Location: Conference Site
  • In 2022, Florida Gulf Coast University and LEEF received NOAA B-WET funding to grow Florida’s climate change education community, awareness of climate change issues in the state, and climate change teaching resources. One outcome has been a “round-up” of Florida-focused climate change resources for teaching and learning in formal and non-formal contexts. In this workshop, the grant’s curriculum team will engage participants in 2 to 3 example activities and will provide access to the entire body of resources that has been collected to date. Participants will come away with an awareness of and optimism for the climate change education work that is already being done in our state and we hope they may also contribute resources to the growing compilation to be shared state-wide.

    Presenter: Heather Skaza Acosta, Florida Gulf Coast University

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Location: Conference Site
  • Patch of Heaven Sanctuary is on a mission to help humans experience nature through attention-training practices of Sight, Sound, Scent, Touch and Taste (P.A.W.S.. or Pay Attention with the Senses) and by building a first-of-its-kind Mindful Pocket Park that’s based on the “Nature Pill” studies done by Mary Carol Hunter of the University of Michigan’s School of Environmental Sustainability. We’ll share what we’ve learned in guiding nearly 1400 people through this somatic immersive novel way of reconnecting humans with nature one mindful walk and one breath at a time.

    Presenter: Suzanne Jewell, Patch of Heaven Sanctuary

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    Location: Conference Site
  • Join us for WILD Kingdom, a Project WILD workshop where you will learn various activities that use the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curricula. These workshops focus on fostering wildlife, nature, and human connections.

    Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on wildlife and habitat.

    Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.
    Professional development credits may be available. All educators will receive educational materials and a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.


    Geared for both formal and informal educators.


    Presenters: Jake FitzRoy & Alexandria Bishop

    Friday, March 22, 2024
    Time: 1pm - 4pm
    Workshop Fee: $10
    Location: Conference Site
    Capacity: Open
  • Learn what SFFGS has to offer educators and how you and your students can participate in our exciting environmental programs. Integrate hands-on experiences into your curriculum and spark the next generation’s passion for the natural world with Project Learning Tree, Aquaculture in the Classroom, and Fishing for Success.

    Presenters: Bethan Gilliett & Elise Cassie, SFFGS

    Sunday, March 24, 2024
    Time: 9am - 12pm
    Location: Conference Site

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Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

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