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  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024 7:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us at the LEEF Mini-Conference on Saturday, October 26, 2024 at The Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach.   Currently we are seeking presenter proposals for this event -  we hope that you will utilize this opportunity to share the incredible work that you are doing in the world of environmental education.  Submit today!

    Click here to learn more about this upcoming mini-conference.

    Conference questions? Contact past.president@leef-florida.org

  • Sunday, May 05, 2024 8:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Become a Project WET facilitator! This training starts you on a path to conduct WET workshops in Florida.  Download flyer

    When: May 25, 2024 @ 9:30am - 4:30pm

    Where: Trout Lake Nature Center, 520 East CR 44 Eustis, Florida

    Fee: $10 Includes Lunch  Sign up Here

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Climate Mental Health Network and National Environmental Education Foundation are seeking participants to pilot a new set of resources created for public middle school teachers in Fall 2024. These resources aim to prepare teachers to teach about climate change in developmentally appropriate ways, and effectively respond to students’ emotional reactions to this issue.

    Download the flyer for more information.

  • Monday, February 12, 2024 10:59 AM | Deleted user

    Marinelab Assistant Coordinator Position

    Appalachicola Riverkeeper Executive Director

    Wildlife Exploration and Education Program Manager, Tallahassee

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    Do you love environmental education?  Want to work outdoors with kids in the Florida Everglades? Consider joining our team at Grassy Waters Preserve!

    To apply, visit the City of West Palm Beach jobs list (Job # 24-177-306230): https://www.wpb.org/government/human-resources/job-opportunities


    Job Title



    Public Utilities/Nature Center

    City Information

    The City of West Palm Beach is a municipality where high performers blossom and operational excellence is a hallmark. To maintain and build upon its stellar workforce, the City is strongly committed to providing its employees with competitive salaries that are at or above market and comprehensive health and retirement benefits that are second to none.  In furtherance of these goals, the City has implemented a new salary structure in which all non-public safety pay ranges and minimum starting salaries were increased by 7%. Additionally, all City positions including on-call and part time positions have a minimum hourly starting rate of $17.00 or higher.  Certain non-public safety positions may qualify for hybrid work arrangements under specific conditions.  If you are a high performer, seeking an opportunity to blossom and grow, we have a place for you in our workforce.  We invite you to join our team – apply today!

    The City of West Palm Beach (pop. 117,286 – 2021) with its sunny, palm-lined streets, scenic waterfront views, quaint shopping districts, historic neighborhoods and year-round outdoor festivals is a slice of paradise. Among the City’s many attributes is an active and vibrant downtown and waterfront that serves to host a variety of nationally recognized cultural and leisure activities for residents and visitors alike.

    Incorporated in 1894 and encompassing over 55 square miles, the county seat of Palm Beach County is one the fastest growing areas in the country.  The City offers a dynamic setting in which to live, work, play and enjoy all the attributes of South Florida living.  Our ethnically and culturally diverse community and workplace are the bedrock of our strength and resilience.

    Explore the many opportunities available for joining our diverse and winning team!  



    Under limited supervision, plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of Grassy Waters Preserves; and performs other related duties and special projects as assigned.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Which are not in any hierarchical order)


    1. Leads or arranges for delivery of nature-based educational programs in the field, both onsite and offsite, to children and adults.

    2. Provide supervision of students at all times during the duration of programs.

    3. Assist Program Coordinators with design and development of new Environmental Education Programs for schools and interpretive programs for diverse audiences.

    4. Assists in development of interpretive materials, signage, exhibits and brochures.

    5. Leads field-based volunteer and community service projects including restoration plantings, and exotic removal.

    6. Assists in promoting educational programs, through press releases, e-flyers, program calendars, social media and other relevant marketing materials.

    7. Engages volunteers including development and facilitating training in the field and Nature Center.

    8. Responsible for staffing Nature Center, greeting visitors and performing interpretation.

    9. Responsible for assisting in maintain facility including performing routine safety inspections.

    10. Conduct routine property maintenance tasks to ensure safety.

    11. Performs other related duties as assigned.


    $23.75 hourly - Pay grade 50

    Excellent benefits!


    Bachelor's Degree in Biological or Environmental Conservation, Natural Sciences or related field and one (1) year of experience in environmental education or related field is required, or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2024 3:30 PM | Deleted user

    The LEEF Mini-grant Program was established to promote environmental education and conservation through projects of formal and non-formal educators and organizations. This special round of 2024 LEEF Mini Grants is supported by Clay Electric Utility's Operation Round Up program.

    We received many excellent applications , with $4,000 of funding to allocate.  Congratulations to the following winners:

    Fishing For Success, UF School of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatic Sciences received $2,000 to expand their Aquatic Education program, providing free Family Fishing Days and outdoor learning classroom activities.  

    FFS is a multifaceted environmental education program at the UF School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences. Community members gather monthly for free Family Fishing Day events. Schools, camps, and other youth organizations attend field trips to the outdoor classroom. Hands-on activities stimulate their passion for the natural world as future stewards of our planet. The interactive booth engages the public in aquatic ecology and wetland conservation at large community festivals and expositions. Support of their programs has an exponential impact.

    Live invertebrates attract curious crowds to our aquatic ecology booth. Portable aerators will allow them to add fish to our traveling aquarium and safely transport and house aquatic organisms for display at events.

    Most biodiversity occurs at the microscopic level. Many people have not had the opportunity to discover the intriguing world inside each drop of pond water. A light microscope and viewing screen will not only allow their participants to observe living microorganisms, but also distinguish characteristics when teaching youth to identify aquatic invertebrates, fish, and plants. They support student success on Florida’s state testing, which includes standards on microscopes, Kingdom Protista, taxonomy, and dichotomous keys.

    Thousands of visitors pass the large kiosk located between the parking lot and the ponds each year. It currently contains posters that are too faded to read. With funding, they will create a new poster that uses this space to inform the public about the significance of Florida’s wetlands and their inhabitants, while also thanking LEEF and Clay Electric for their generous support of the program.

    East Marion Elementary, in partnership with Sliver River Museum, will receive $2,000 to support the revitalization of their partnership with the East Marion Silver River-lution program.  

    Being just a few short miles away, this grant will assist in transportation to and from the Silver River, supply students with materials needed for hands-on lab experiences, and will enlighten our small school community of the science behind our river's environment. EME (East Marion Elementary) staff and Silver River experts will meet and collaborate to supply students with standard-based Science education and exploration. This partnership will greatly benefit the community around us and bridge the gap between education, the real world, and the future scientists on our campus.  This partnership seeks to enhance the engagement of our community as a whole in environmental education. When students are given the opportunity learn hands on and build connections with the world around us, student achievement will increase. East Marion Elementary has historically had such a program on campus, but funding and the COVID-19 Pandemic have halted the partnership. This grant would facilitate a revitalization which will engage families and their learners.

  • Friday, February 02, 2024 9:56 AM | Deleted user

    Please email leef.florida(at)gmail.com for a link to attend.

  • Friday, January 12, 2024 11:27 AM | Deleted user

    Thanks to a grant from Clay County Utilities' Operation Round Up program, LEEF is able to offer $4,000 in mini-grants to educators in Alachua, Marion, Lake, Clay, Suwanee, Putnam and Volusia Counties for: 

    • Field trips to outdoor education experiences
    • School vegetable and pollinator gardens
    • Earth Day events
    • 4H projects - including Civic projects
    • Student-led school improvement projects
    • Hands-on classroom lessons, and more...

     Do you know of a stellar teacher, environmental education program, or student group who would benefit from this funding?

    Here is the short application form, due by 2/1.  LEEF will award several mini-grants, up to $2,000 each.  Projects are to be completed by the end of May 2024 and funding will go directly to the school or organization with proof of Administrator support.

    Reach out to Trina Hofreiter, Operations and Outreach Manager, at trina(at)Leef-florida.org with additional questions.  

  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    Some people say the economy is more important than the environment.  The Lake County Conservation Council has lined up a speaker who will address the economic benefits of conservation.

    Courtney Stokes is a high school science teacher, who used to serve on the Lake County Water Authority.  To hear her speak on this important topic, please tune into LCCC's online forum on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.  You are welcome to stay online for LCCC's General Membership Meeting immediately following the forum. The link is below.  

    Topic: LCCC's Online Forum and General Membership Meeting
    Time: Jan 17, 2024 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • Monday, December 11, 2023 11:22 AM | Deleted user

    LEEF Member Spotlight:  Founding Member DaveLaHart

    Important Accomplishments

    I’d like to thank LEEF for their recognition of my work in Environmental Education over the last three decades. I got involved in EE as an undergraduate at Cornell University, the first time I heard the term “Environmental Education.” I spent 2 more years at the University of Florida before moving to Florida State University. I have worked with a lot of programs and a lot of wonderful people and am very proud of all that has been accomplished by the EE community. I worked primarily with secondary teachers and have been rewarded numerous times. Some of those awards include Florida’s Outstanding Science Educator (1989), Florida Marine Science Educator of the year (1999) and received the Golden LEEF Award (2003).

    I earned a New York Regents which started my academic career. After a stint in the Army I attended the wonders of Cornell where I learned under the auspices of enthusiastic and knowledgeable faculty. I learned a lot about people’s perceptions of the environment. From then on I was interested in working with educators to expand their view of the earth.

    While at the University of Florida I was exposed to many new ideas about human and environmental interactions. From U of F I moved to Florida State University as a results of grants and support from the Florida Wildlife Federation and worked with them in the legislature. Legislation we passed directed the DOE to begin an Environmental Education program.

    I helped the Florida Department of Education integrate Youth Conservation Corps, solid waste management, Project Wild and Project Learning Tree with direct assistance provided to school-based EE programs. I was proud of the work done by the Wildlife Federation, the Florida Audubon and the many school districts and programs I helped develop.


    I was fortunate to have many mentors along my career in Environmental Education. I recognize Dr. Richard Fisher in Environmental Education at Cornell. Among the many things Dr. Fisher taught me was how to enjoy the diversity of the outdoors and teach it to others. ISPA, Institute of Science and Public Affairs at FSU, was generous in offering office space and assistants as I throughout my “teaching” career. Jim Phillips was the Educational Contact at IFIS. Jim and I traveled over the state working with school districts, Environmental Centers and Educators. It was an experience which would lead me later to be actively working with Educators in Environmental Centers through the University of Florida. Dick Tillis was with the Director of Department of Education and Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation. Florida Wildlife Federation was instrumental in development of Environmental Education and formation of LEEF.

    Mike Mullins was the Project Director at Nature Coast Environmental Education where he worked with EE centers statewide. Legislative Development of mini-grants were incentives to start school-based EE programs. The Florida Wildlife Federation supported LEEF’s legislative agenda. Florida Audubon helped by donating their publication “The Florida Naturalist” and printed 5,000 copies for schools to use. The articles were springboards for lessons in indoor and outdoor classrooms.

    LEEF met and exceeded the expectations of Legislators, DOE and school districts through involvement with quality Environmental Education programs. Involving teachers and Supervisors in development and implementation brought successful programs.

  • Monday, December 11, 2023 9:08 AM | Deleted user

    Associate Director of Educational Programming - FL Institute of Oceanography 

    Marine Education Specialist - Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

    Policy and Advocacy Associate - Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

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