2022 Annual Conference

Field Trips and Workshops



Conference field trips are offered at reduced cost thanks to the sponsorship of the Lake County Water Authority and the Florida Lake Management Society. To reserve your space, sign up during conference registration. To participate, you must be a conference attendee.   If you have already registered but would like to add on a field trip or workshop, you can either edit your registration or contact LEEF Treasurer Vicki Crisp at Treasurer@LEEF-Florida.org.

Lake Norris/Blackwater Creek Paddling Adventure. Sponsored by the Lake County Water Authority

Join the Lake County Water Authority for a guided paddle of this Outstanding Florida Waterway. The LCWA will provide boats, paddles, and Personal Flotation Devices. Participants should bring water, bug/sun protection, hat, water shoes, and a snack. Participants should meet in the Lake Norris Road parking area of the Lake Norris Conservation Area.

Cost: $15, Friday morning  9:00am - 12:00pm

Dora Canal Boat Trip. Sponsored by the Lake County Water Authority

LEEFers can climb aboard a 22-seater boat for a tour of the beautiful Lake Dora and the scenic Dora Canal. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of cypress trees and Spanish moss as we look for turtles and wading birds. Participants should meet at the Premier Boat Tours Dock on Lake Dora in Mount Dora. 100 Alexander Street.

Cost: $15, Friday afternoon 2pm - 3:30pm (Boat leaves promptly at 2pm)

Macroinvertebrate and Freshwater Fish Collection & ID. Sponsored by the Florida Lake Management Society

Learn to dip net to collect macroinvertebrates. These aquatic insects are used as water quality indicators and their presence will tell you about the health of the waters. In addition, you will sample various fish through electroshocking and other scientific methods to learn about Florida's freshwater fish species. This is a hands-on workshop where you will get personal experience.

Cost: $15, Friday afternoon 2pm - 4:30pm


Project Learning Tree's new flagship curriculum Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment. Activities include detailed step-by-step instructions, academic correlations, time and material requirements, and corresponding student worksheets with green career connections. This supplementary curriculum replaces the previous PLT K-8 Guide; topics include trees and forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and more and is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants will receive this new guide.

Cost: $20 Half Day Friday Morning


Project WET’s Climate, Water, and Resilience helps educators teach secondary school students 7-12th grades) about climate and climate change using interactive, objective, science-based activities that students will enjoy. Participants will receive the guide, lesson
plans, and additional resources to use with activities.

Cost: $20 Half Day Saturday, during morning concurrent sessions


Don’t Waste It! is an educator guide to waste management, recycling, composting, and waste reduction, which includes 11 lessons covering five themes: municipal solid waste, recycling, plastics, composting, and landfills. Lessons for pre-K to 12th graders include a
group activity, independent practice, extensions, additional activities, and correlations to Florida’s standards. Participants will receive this new guide and a materials kit for use with the lessons.

Cost: $20 Half Day Sunday, 8:00am - 11:30am

Early Childhood Education includes a trio of educator guides that supply instructors of young children with foundational skills and experiences in nature that help foster curiosity while rooting them in the real natural world. Each participant will receive the guides for:

  • Project Wet’s Getting Little Feet Wet features interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds.
  • Project WILD’s Growing up Wild builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.
  • PLT’s Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood engages children in outdoor play and exploration to develop a relationship with the natural world by exploring nature, primarily trees, with all five senses. 

Cost: $20 Half Day Sunday, 8:00am - 11:30am

Download a copy of the full draft agenda here.

      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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